In 2007, Greater Washington Community Foundation was one of 10 organizations nationwide selected by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to receive funding for a regional workforce development initiative. This led to the creation of the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative. For more than a decade, collaborative members have pooled more than $10 million to invest in projects that advance the field of workforce development in our region. Members also convene regularly throughout the year to share information, discuss labor market conditions, identify key regional workforce development needs and opportunities, and learn from one another.


Osterweis Fund

Patricia Weiss Fagen Fund

While these members have individually supported workforce development programs, the Collaborative provides an opportunity to come together to collectively and more effectively impact the workforce system through coordinated investments in policy, innovative programming, and the capacity of professionals working in the field.

How We Work

We envision a Greater Washington region where all people, all communities can thrive. Our work is focused on driving resources to programs and policies that connect workers to career pathway systems and industry recognized credentials so they can enter and advance in their careers. We do this by making grants to improve the quality of our regional workforce development system – including the schools, nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and intermediaries that must work together seamlessly, effectively, and efficiently to ensure that workers can obtain the skills and credentials employers require.

We support:

  • Programs that enable workers to increase their skills, credentials, employment and wages, with an emphasis on systems change that eliminates income gaps based on race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Policy via research, advocacy, and consensus-building efforts that inform key state and local workforce policy decisions.
  • Professionals through high-quality professional development and peer-to-peer networking for workforce practitioners.