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Our History

Workforce Funder Collaborative Timeline


  • Initial planning meetings between Metcalf Foundation and JP Morgan Chase Foundation


  • Site visits to organizations in the US

  • Learning journey with other Foundations, consultants, and systems change thinkers

  • Ideation and strategy planning

  • Ideation moves to creation of the Workforce Funder Collaborative

  • United Way, TD Bank, Ontario Trillium Foundation and The Counseling Foundation join the team


  • Six philanthropic organizations commit to establishing the Workforce Funder Collaborative

  • The Workforce Funder Collaborative moves from establishment to implementation

  • Executive Director is hired

  • WES Mariam Assefa Fund joins the Workforce Funder Collaborative

  • Landscape analysis is conducted to determine funding gaps

  • Funding strategy is created

  • Call for proposal is released

  • First set of investments are made


  • Project implementation begins at 2020 investment sites

  • Strategic plan for 2021–2023 is developed

  • Capacity-building strategy is unveiled