The workforce development climate is increasingly difficult. Public and private funding is shrinking meanwhile there is a greater need for programs and services as unemployed, disadvantaged, and incumbent workers with outdated skills are becoming more economically vulnerable. As a result, philanthropic entities are seeking better outcomes for their investments, less service redundancy, and the maximization of resources.
One strategy that funders choose to support is collaboration between nonprofit and community colleges. Partnerships create more effective programs, promote specialization, reduce competition, and build greater community trust. Join a conversation co-sponsored with the NYC Workforce Funders on the benefits and challenges of nonprofit and community college cooperation.
- Reasons nonprofits and community colleges choose to collaborate and why funders support it;
- Characteristics of effective partnerships;
- Methods that organizations use to create formal partnerships;
- Lessons learned about sustaining partnerships over time;
- Local examples that can provide lessons for the field.
- Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne (Moderator), Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
- Courtney Hawkins, Vice President of the Education and Youth Services Division, F∙E∙G∙S Health and Human Services System
- Sheila Maguire, Vice President for Labor Market Initiatives, Director of the New York Office, Public/Private Ventures
- Félix Matos Rodríguez, President, Hostos Community College
All interested funders.