For communities to be successful, they need to develop all of their talent. Twelve percent of Indiana adults ages 25+ don’t have a high school degree, and 34% have only a high school degree. Studies show that as educational attainment increases, incomes typically increase and unemployment decreases. The IPA’s 2014 Giving in Indiana report found that Indiana foundations allocated 32% of their giving to support education. Education receives the largest percentage of annual grant dollars awarded by Indiana foundations, and many IPA members support post-secondary degree or credential attainment as key strategies toward achieving economic self-sufficiency.
IPA is working with USA Funds and Asset Funders Network of Indiana to help Hoosier funders strengthen the impact of their philanthropic investments in education. One method is through our Workforce Ready Series. This free series included a one day-long program and four webinars discussing strategies that lift people out of poverty and into successful careers. Philanthropic investment strategies covered in this series include Children's Savings Accounts, scholarships, mentoring opportunities, employment coaching, housing, and life skills training--among others.
Here are webinar recordings from the 2017 Workforce Ready Webinar Series:
January 17: Wrap-Around Services and Work Readiness
March 14: Mentoring and Work Readiness
April 18: Two Generation Approaches to Work Readiness
May 16: Scholarships for Nontraditional Students and Those Falling Through the Financial Cracks
June 21: Education Statistics for Effective Grantmaking