Ranked Nonprofits: Local Workforce Development 2011

The unemployment rate for the black population in the Minneapolis metropolitan area is three times that of the white population This is one of the highest in the U.S. (Economic Policy Institute).
The unemployment rate for the black population in the Minneapolis metropolitan area is three times that of the white population This is one of the highest in the U.S. (Economic Policy Institute).

The Cause: The workforce development field is focused on helping people get the skills and the jobs they need to sustain themselves and their family, and connecting employers who need skilled workers. It is also important to note that workforce development is not only about acquiring skills but also about access to jobs.

The Scope: Minnesota workforce development experts were asked to recommend nonprofit organizations that could be focused on job training, job placement, access to jobs, youth work readiness, small business development and entrepreneurship training for people with lack of access to jobs, job retention/stability, and helping employers invest in their own workforce, etc. These nonprofits might work with various populations: adults wishing to gain additional skills, immigrants, youth (around career education), adults or youth with disabilities, refugees, welfare recipients, elders, homeless people, formerly imprisoned people, businesses, or the community at large. And these nonprofits might focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, technical assistance, social enterprise (nonprofits that run businesses which employ people for job training), etc.

This research was commissioned by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners for its free, bi-annual magazine, MNSights. The Minnesota Philanthropy Partners network includes The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,700 additional charitable affiliates.

100 Local Workforce Development experts recommended the following 18 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2011 Goodwill Easter Seals
The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. We prepare people for work.
2 Medal-small-2011 Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
To work with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services and education.
3 Medal-small-2011 HIRED
HIRED’s mission is to provide personalized and innovative work solutions.
4 Medal-small-2011 Emerge
Invest in people through social enterprise.
5 Medal-small-2011 Greater Twin Cities United Way
Greater Twin Cities United Way unites caring people in building stronger communities by inspiring people to help others, increasing resources to meet needs and fostering innovative solutions to problems.
6 Medal-small-2011 Charles K Blandin Foundation
To strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. 
7 Medal-small-2011 Twin Cities Rise
The mission of Twin Cities RISE! is to provide employers with skilled workers-- primarily men from communities of color in the Twin Cities area-- by training under- and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,000 annually.
8 Medal-small-2011 Workforce Development Inc
Our mission is to develop and advance the workforce of Southeast Minnesota.
9 Medal-small-2011 Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council
The mission of SW MN PIC is Building Tomorrow’s Workforce through Training, Leadership, and Economic Development. SW MN PIC operates programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Adult and Youth services, State and Federal Dislocated Worker Programs, the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Employment and Training services, the Food Support Employment and Training (FSET) program, the Minnesota Youth Program, the Youth Intervention Program, as well as various other projects.
10 Medal-small-2011 RESOURCE, Inc.
RESOURCE empowers people to achieve greater personal, social and economic success.
11 Medal-small-2011 Lifetrack Resources
Work together to develop the strengths within children, families, and adults facing the greatest life challenges.
12 Medal-small-2011 Women Venture
WomenVenture's mission is to help women achieve their own economic success and prosperity.
13 Medal-small-2011 Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation invests in the region's future growth through grants, loans, technical expertise and partnerships that foster community assets via workforce readiness and entrepreneurial activity - especially in areas of bio-medical, bio-agriculture and alternative energy.
14 Medal-small-2011 Rebuild Resources, Inc.
Our mission is to help addicts and alcoholics be sober, self-sufficient and of service by providing meaningful, transitional employment in business enterprises we own and operate. These enterprises provide a safe, sober, secure, supportive, but non-enabling environment for recovery, AND serve as the economic engines which sustain our work.
15 Medal-small-2011 Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services
To strengthen Central Minnesota communities through leadership in workforce excellence.
16 Medal-small-2011 Rural Minnesota CEP
To provide quality workforce services that meet our customers' needs.
17 Medal-small-2011 Hmong American Partnership
Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is a social service and community development organization whose mission is to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential.
18 Medal-small-2011 Summit Academy OIC
We exist to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We support the development of self-sufficiency in every person regardless of background, economic status or level of ability. We strengthen the community by preparing individuals to assume their roles as workers, citizens and parents.

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