We Can All Prosper: College and Workforce Training Access and Completion – A Funder Strategy Conversation

Education and workforce training open doors for families to greater economic security and flexibility, but for many families, there are substantial barriers. This is especially true for low-income families and communities of color. For the past several months, we have explored the dynamics of these barriers, including policies that are quickly changing to restrict access…

Funder Q&A with Rob Hope & Elena Chavez Quezada of The San Francisco Foundation

Rob Hope, Initiative Officer, Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, The San Francisco Foundation Elena Chavez Quezada, Senior Director, Expanding Access to Opportunity, The San Francisco Foundation The San Francisco Foundation has a creative grantmaking strategy tailored to its community and the urgency created by the Bay Area’s rapid change. All of The Foundation’s work is…

Funder Q&A with Rebecca Allen of Melville Charitable Trust

Becca Allen, Program Officer, Melville Charitable Trust Rebecca Allen, Program Officer, Melville Charitable Trust The Melville Charitable Trust is the largest foundation in the US exclusively focused on ending homelessness. Located in Connecticut, Melville works in the intersections of homelessness, health, and economic security. We chatted with Becca about Secure Jobs Connecticut, an effort to…

Funder Q&A with Sara Levin of United Way of King County

Sara Levin, Vice President, Community Services, United Way of King County Sara Levin, Vice President, Community Services, United Way of King County United Way of King County has three core missions – help students graduate, end homelessness, and break the cycle of poverty. They seek innovative solutions to challenges in their community that they can…

Getting Ahead: An adult student’s guide to public benefits in Illinois

Developed by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, this guide provides advice on how students can access much-needed supports that increase college completion. These include child care, health care, food assistance, cash assistance, housing, tax benefits, and more. To learn more about students’ access to public benefits, view our video conversation with the…

A Conversation with Wendy Pollack, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law [VIDEO!]

In this brief video, Wendy reviews barriers to college access for workers, current policies affecting access at both the state and national levels, and ideas for ways philanthropy can reduce the barriers to college access and increase college completion. The Shriver Center developed a guide for students called Getting Ahead: An Adult Student’s Guide to…

Accelerating Postsecondary Success for Parents: Leveraging the 2Gen Approach in Policy – Ascend at The Aspen Institute

Ascend at The Aspen Institute is a hub for resources, ideas, and collaboration on two-generational approaches that help parents and their children achieve economic security. This brief covers the state and national policies affecting parents’ access to and completion of postsecondary education. Find more resources at Ascend’s website here.

CountAllKids.org

The Count All Kids Campaign is dedicated to making sure all children are counted in the 2020 Census. It is spearheaded by the Children’s Leadership Council and Partnership for America’s Children and is comprised of national, state, and local organizations working together to make sure that policies, procedures, and messaging are all in place that…

Child Care Access & Affordability and Post-Secondary Education – Q&A with CLASP

With contributions from Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield. Why does child care access and affordability matter for students? How common is it for students to be parents? Today’s college students are increasingly low-income students balancing work, family, and school. Assistance with paying for quality child care services could increase student-parents’ ability to make ends meet and finish…