The Job Opportunity Investment Network’s mission is to be a catalyst for matching the needs of employers with advancement opportunities for low-skilled workers by attracting and aligning investments of charitable foundations. JOIN will advocate for policies that sustain workforce partnerships and enhance the advancement prospects of low-skilled adults.
In March 2012, JOIN released "The Job Opportunity Investment Network: Investing in a Prosperous and Inclusive Greater Philadelphia." This report outlines the impact that JOIN's investments in workforce partnerships are having in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Current Local Business/Funding Partners
- United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund
- Philadelphia Office of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
- Philadelphia Office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
- William Penn Foundation
- Philadelphia Foundation
- Living Cities
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- United States Department of Labor
- Claneil Foundation
- Samuel S. Fells Fund
Fourth Quarter 2011
- Philadelphia Works Inc. reforms. In partnership with local workforce and economic development focused organizations, JOIN is working to plan a stakeholder engagement effort around the planned (and ongoing) reforms to Philadelphia’s public workforce system. JOIN is also deeply engaged in the local Workforce Innovation Fund planning process, which will look to apply this funding opportunity to strategic reform efforts.
- Delaware Valley Grantmakers series on workforce development. JOIN continued to host a series of events with the Delaware Valley Grantmakers (an association of 141 regional funders) including, most recently, a session for local grantmakers on “Connecting Workforce Development to Community Development.” This session featured a panel of JOIN-supported partnerships and stakeholders, including the University City District (which manages the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, a SIF grantee), the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (pooled JOIN investor), Philadelphia LISC (aligned JOIN investor), and Campus Philly. The panel was moderated by Diana Lind, a consultant with the New Cities Foundation and Philadelphia-based journalist.
- JOIN serves on the Digital On Ramps Steering Committee. JOIN participates on the steering committee of the Digital On Ramps initiative in Philadelphia. Digital On Ramps is an effort to provide a digital framework for delivering comprehensive education and workforce training to youth and adults via “cloud” computing and through a full range of devices (mobile, tablet, netbooks, desktop computers). This initiative links a number of local efforts related to digital literacy, bridging the digital divide, adult education and workforce accessibility and leverages investment from IBM, MacArthur Foundation and the Gates Foundation.