Seedco

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Seedco
Headquarters Location: New York, NY
Founded: 1986


Mission: Seedco is a national non profit organization that helps low-income people and communities move toward economic prosperity.


Tags: national, workforce development, policy, research, employment training, career advising, education, skill training, 2010


Seedco
Story: Learn how Heyward McDaniel, Jr. is reentering the workforce with the help of the Seedco's Fatherhood Initiative: After prepping his resume for three days and arriving almost five hours early in anticipation, Heyward McDaniel, Jr. excitedly entered the first job… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
This organization is lauded for their programming targeted at disadvantaged populations. Their efforts have helped participants attain steady jobs and quality of life improvements.
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Leadership
Seedco Barbara Dwyer Gunn. Barbara Dwyer Gunn is President and CEO of Seedco, a national nonprofit organization that develops and oversees programs to create new economic opportunities for low-income people and communities. A longtime nonprofit and government leader in New York City, Ms. Gunn’s career has demonstrated outstanding ability in innovative program development, fundraising, operational management, and astute budget and finance oversight. She comes… See full bio.


Transparency Information
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This organization has earned the GuideStar Participation Level Silver, demonstrating its commitment to transparency (learn more)


Financial Data
Total Revenue:
$56,864,543


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT seedco.org
Phone:
212-473-0255
Facebook:
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Address:
915 Broadway
 
New York, NY 10027, USA


Seedco Story: Learn how Heyward McDaniel, Jr. is reentering the workforce with the help of the Seedco's Fatherhood Initiative: After prepping his resume for three days and arriving almost five hours early in anticipation, Heyward McDaniel, Jr. excitedly entered the first job fair sponsored by Seedco’s Fatherhood Initiative at the Workforce1 Career Center in Upper Manhattan. “We need the Fatherhood Initiative, because a job at McDonald’s will not support a family,” McDaniel said. As a licensed carpenter and father of two, McDaniel has a similar background as many of the almost 50 participants of the Fatherhood Initiative who gathered for the job fair. “It is not easy getting a good job,” McDaniel said. “There was no health insurance at the job I had before, and it wasn’t steady. I want to be productive. The (Fatherhood Initiative) helps you stay straight.” With the goal of meeting their financial obligations to their children, the Fatherhood Initiative job fair was initiated as a more interactive way for participants to experience the job search. Participants met with seven employers from various sectors. (Read more success stories at: http://www.seedco.org/who/success-stories/)

Expert Reviews of Seedco

Evidence of Impact Summary:

This organization is lauded for their programming targeted at disadvantaged populations. Their efforts have helped participants attain steady jobs and quality of life improvements.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

The majority of experts consider staff to be a major asset.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts suggest a variety of areas for improvement. Most of which revolve around altering elements of their program model.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Impact

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They combine workforce, work supports, and asset building in unique ways that demonstrate new ways of operating one stops.
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This is a strong intermediary running large scale government programs in NYC.
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They work effectively with a range of disadvantaged populations.
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This is a broad based, multi-level approach to serving the needs of low income, inner city enrollees. They approach workforce development from the point of view that it takes education, work supports, financial education, and safety nets in order to gain career stability and achieve a rise in overall quality of life.
N
Their work with Historically Black colleges and the communities where they're located has led to significant community development investments and employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
N
They have proven a service delivery model and certain programs that are transferable regardless of State or regional politics / infrastructure. They have identified core elements that have marketability.
N
They are having an important impact on the future of low-wage workers by doing work that integrates workforce and community development strategies in neighborhoods and regions at risk.
O
They have a programmatic mission to help connect low income workers to benefits.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Staff & Leadership

F
They have deep staff knowledge, good executive leadership, and technology innovation.

Staff

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They have strong staff that can provide direct technical assistance, and work with grantee/sub contractors to implement workforce strategies and/or programs working with more challenged populations because of skill levels, language barriers, or former incarceration.
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They hire incredibly bright and dedicated staff.
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They have a strong staff with lots of technical assistance.

Program Design

R
They combine workforce development with other key services, such as benefits access.
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Again, any nonprofit that can transition from a local grassroots effort to a regional or national impact requires effective leadership. This is no exception. Understanding the emerging opportunities is another strength. Their work on access to benefits preceded many states who are no in the process of finding their way to blend technology disseminated through a nonprofit/social service network to disaggregate access to their programs.

Operations

N
The operations and resources development capacity as an intermediary in some instances is very impressive. They recruit talented staff.

Program Design & Advocacy

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They do one of the best jobs in the workforce field of combining a national policy development arm with operating programs and workforce centers themselves. They take their applied work and translate it well into policy challenges and ideas.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Evaluation

F
They should continue to mine the implementation experience for administrative reform and public policy ideas. They could build further evidence about effectiveness of models.

Diversity

F
Perhaps they could have more staff diversity. I could be wrong, but much of the management staff I have seen has been white, and this is obviously a problem in this day and age.

Program Design

N
They could benefit from balancing their approach by considering employers as the leaders of career entry points and career ladders. More focus should be paid to better understanding and marketing to businesses in language they comprehend.
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Balance is critical when an organization attempts to translate between the public sector and nonprofit or private sector. I think aligning too closely with either poll challenges their ability to be seen as the neutral arbiter between the two systems. Also, adaptability will be essential as their continue to evolve their core programs and services that have marketability across geo-political boundaries.

Retention

N
They recruit talented staff, but have recently struggled with retaining senior leaders across their portfolio of programs.

Expand Programming

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Their geographic reach is uneven; their ability to have national impact would grow if they broadened the range of communities in which they work.

Responsiveness

O
They are operationalizing new programs that takes time for them; they eventually get it, but they are not super nimble.


Leadership

Seedco
Barbara Dwyer Gunn
President and CEO
Barbara Dwyer Gunn is President and CEO of Seedco, a national nonprofit organization that develops and oversees programs to create new economic opportunities for low-income people and communities. A longtime nonprofit and government leader in New York City, Ms. Gunn’s career has demonstrated outstanding ability in innovative program development, fundraising, operational management, and astute budget and finance oversight. She comes to Seedco from the American Museum of Natural History in New York where she served nearly 15 years as the Senior Vice President for Operations and Government Relations. Ms. Gunn also brings extensive public service experience, holding multiple leadership positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch.

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