Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

Building a Skilled Workforce for Chicagoland’s Economy

The Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA) collaborates with employers and other workforce stakeholders to increase employment, earnings and racial equity for underprepared workers in the Chicago region. The Alliance was launched in May 2012 by five founding workforce funders: The Chicago Community Trust, The Joyce Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Polk Bros. Foundation. It has since been joined by Boeing, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, JP Morgan Chase, The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, Woods Fund of Chicago, Michael Reese Health Trust, Grand Victoria Foundation and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Structured as a funder collaborative at the Trust, the CWFA is a successor to The Partnership for New Communities and the 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods. The CWFA will seek to build upon the lessons learned and relationships built by these previous initiatives while focusing its efforts on workforce impacts.