Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative (2007 – Present): A $3.9 million initiative of the Community Foundation, the Collaborative is a coalition of local workforce investors who share a common commitment to addressing poverty and income inequality by helping workers advance their skills and credentials so they can earn family-sustaining wages. Current Workforce Collaborative partners include The Community Foundation, the Consumer Health Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Scheidel Foundation, the Moriah Fund, Kaiser Permanente, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Patricia Weiss Fagen, JP Morgan Chase, United Way of the National Capital Area, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Accelerating Advancement Initiative (2012 – Present): $500,000 initiative supporting five regional programs that help individuals improve their basic skills (English, reading, writing, math, and digital literacy), earn a post-secondary credential, and launch a career in a key regional industry sector.

Career Navigators (2011 – 2014): $350,000, three-year partnership with four hospitals across the region that helps frontline hospital workers advance their skills, wages, and careers.

Green Jobs Innovation Fund (2011 – 2014): $800,000 US Department of Labor grant to help individuals prepare for careers in construction. Conducted in partnership with Jobs for the Future and the Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO.

Hines CityCenterDC Opportunity Grants (2013 – 2014): Grantmaking partnership with the developers of CityCenterDC. Awarded $200,000 in workforce development grants to organizations serving downtown residents.

Walmart Washington@Work (2011 – 2014): $1.5 million partnership with the Walmart Foundation to help District residents improve their work readiness and secure employment.

Invest2Compete (2011 – 2012): $30,000 joint research effort with four regional community colleges and the Greater Washington Board of Trade examining local employers’ tuition assistance policies.


Our grantees include education and training providers, research and advocacy organizations, and nonprofit associations.

  • Academy of Hope (DC)
  • Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (VA)
  • Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO (DC, MD)
  • DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DC)
  • DC Appleseed (DC)
  • DC Central Kitchen (DC)
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DC)
  • DC Jobs Council (DC)
  • Holy Cross Hospital (MD)
  • Institute for Educational Leadership (national)
  • Institute for Public Health Innovation (regional)
  • International Rescue Committee (MD)
  • Job Opportunities Task Force (MD)
  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MD)
  • Montgomery College (MD)
  • N Street Village (DC)
  • National Skills Coalition (national)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (VA)
  • Northern Virginia Family Service – Training Futures (VA)
  • Prince George’s Community College (MD)
  • Providence Hospital (DC)
  • So Others Might Eat – Center for Employment Training (DC)
  • The Training Source, Inc. (MD)
  • University of the District of Columbia Community College (DC)
  • Urban Alliance (DC)