Ranked Nonprofits: National Workforce Development 2010

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A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce. -Bill Owens
A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce. -Bill Owens

The Cause: The workforce development field is focused on helping people get the technical skills and the jobs they need to sustain themselves and their family. It's about connecting employers who need skilled workers and ideally building a system of successful organizations because no one organization can do it all. Workforce development organizations must collectively understand the labor supply issues in a region and develop strategies for people to get jobs and businesses to get skilled workers.

The Scope: National workforce development experts were asked to recommend nonprofits focused on employment services like job retention/stability, advancement to better jobs, technical training, helping the formerly homeless, imprisoned, and hospitalized to move to work, helping employers to invest in their own workforce, and more. These nonprofits could work with various populations: adults with low literacy skills, adults or youth with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, youth, welfare recipients, businesses, or the community at large. And these nonprofits could focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, technical assistance, etc. Specifically excluded from consideration were for-profit organizations such as head hunting and for-profit staffing agencies.


121 National Workforce Development experts recommended the following 17 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2010 National Skills Coalition
National Skills Coalition organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries. We advocate for public policies that invest in what works, as informed by our members’ real-world expertise. And we communicate these goals to an American public seeking a vision for a strong U.S. economy that allows everyone to be part of its success.
2 Medal-small-2010 CLASP
CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people.
3 Medal-small-2010 Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY.
4 Medal-small-2010 The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.
5 Medal-small-2010 Public/Private Ventures
Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.
6 Medal-small-2010 Goodwill
Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.
7 Medal-small-2010 National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP)
The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP), an initiative of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, promotes the use of sector initiatives and strategies that support them in order to improve employment and economic opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities, to strengthen industry sectors that are important to regional labor markets, and to increase regional economic vitality. Our goals are to: Expand the commitment of public and private resources to industry-specific workforce development; Achieve the enactment of supportive public policy; Raise awareness about the benefits of sector initiatives; Increase the quality, capacity, and number of sector initiatives; Provide information and resources to those working in the sector field.
8 Medal-small-2010 National Governors Association (NGA)
The National Governors Association (NGA)—the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.
9 Medal-small-2010 The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
CAEL pioneers learning strategies for individuals and organizations. We advance lifelong learning in partnership with educational institutions, employers, labor organizations, government, and communities. CAEL works to remove policy and organizational barriers to learning opportunities, identifies and disseminates effective practices, and delivers value-added services.
10 Medal-small-2010 Seedco
Seedco is a national non profit organization that helps low-income people and communities move toward economic prosperity.
11 Medal-small-2010 National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund is dedicated to preparing jobseekers and employees for a career, not just a job. The National Fund brings together local and regional leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to spark and drive innovation. They work hand-in-hand to create practices and systems that can help employers and employees succeed in a post-recession economy.
12 Medal-small-2010 Year Up
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
13 Medal-small-2010 Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
JVS offers hope and opportunity to our diverse community through job training, education and expert career guidance, transforming lives and empowering individuals to achieve dignity and independence.
14 Medal-small-2010 Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
COWS' basic mission is to make the dangers of the low road strategy clearer to communities, and to work with interested stakeholders – business and labor, government and citizens – in making the high road choice easier to pursue. We do this through research, policy analysis, demonstration projects on high road reform, and evaluation and public education.
15 Medal-small-2010 National Association of Workforce Boards
Our mission is to support members through a comprehensive program of advocacy, training and technical assistance, communication, and the promotion of strategic partnerships for the advancement of our nation's workforce.
16 Medal-small-2010 Strive (East Harlem Employment Services)
STRIVE’s mission is to transform the lives of at-risk populations by providing support and training that lead to livable wage employment and societal re-integration.
17 Medal-small-2010 Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions in New York. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life.


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