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Press Release: 18 Minnesota Workforce Development Nonprofits Identified by 100 Experts

April 24th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Philanthropedia recently partnered with the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to uncover expert-identified nonprofits working in workforce development in Minnesota, and we are pleased to share the results!

Workforce development is a topic that is relevant to many Minnesotans and people across the country. Developing strategies to increase gainful employment and support growing businesses is essential to building a healthy economy.

For Minnesota, there are two issues that make this cause particularly relevant:

  • In 2010, The Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC released a study stating that the black unemployment rate in Minneapolis was triple that of whites from the same area. That disparity is one of the highest in the nation. (Source: EPI). To help address this issue, we looked to highlight nonprofits focusing on equity as well as job and skill acquisition.
  • Minnesota is home to a large new immigrant population, many of whom choose to become small business owners. To identify resources for immigrant and non-immigrant entrepreneurs, we also focused on small business development and entrepreneurship training as a component of our research to identify high-impact nonprofits working in workforce development.

Philanthropedia surveyed 100 workforce development experts in Minnesota (with an average of 15 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest impact. These experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, government officials, etc.) identified 18 workforce development nonprofits (out of 123 total reviewed nonprofits) working in Minnesota. See the experts who participates in this research by clicking here

Which nonprofits were among the top?

We asked experts to recommend up to four high-impact nonprofits working in workforce development in Minnesota. These experts were asked to consider an array of nonprofits—those which served a range of populations (including youth, people with disabilities and immigrants) as well as offering a variety of services such as direct service, advocacy, training, education, and forms of support.



The following is the list of the expert-identified high-impact nonprofits working in workforce development in Minnesota. Click the link to visit each organizations profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.

This week we will highlight the top 5 expert-identified Minnesota workforce development nonprofits through our blog and twitter.

If you are an expert, nonprofit organization, or individual, we invite your feedback on our research. You can reach Jasmine Marrow, Manager of Philanthropedia Research at


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