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Families and Workers Fund announces $25 million commitment to advance good jobs

November 9, 2021 | Press Release

The Families and Workers Fund announced today a $25 million commitment to advance good jobs—its largest financial commitment to date. The Fund’s Executive Director Rachel Korberg made the announcement at the Department of Commerce’s Interagency Convening on Equitable Economic Growth, which brought together leaders from across government, business, and the nonprofit sector. “Today is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance jobs that not only sustain families and workers, but also uplift them and spur greater opportunity for all – especially those who have been most locked out of that opportunity,” Korberg said.


Unemployment Insurance Equity Grant Open Call

November 1, 2021 | Grant Opportunity

As states work to improve equity in the delivery of UI benefits, state-based nonprofit and community organizations could potentially play a critical role in synthesizing and sharing the experiences key population groups had when accessing (or trying to access) UI benefits. The Families and Workers Fund is offering one-time grants to state and local nonprofit and community-based organizations that would like to support their state government’s efforts to build a more equitable UI system.


Families and Workers Fund Launches Mission to Build a More Equitable Economy with Sustainable Jobs and 21st Century Benefits That Support Families During Crises

October 5, 2021 | Press Release

Families and Workers Fund (FWF) today announced the launch of a five-year collaborative philanthropy dedicated to building a more equitable economy that uplifts all. Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a once-in-a-generation opening to improve the lives of workers and their families, FWF will work to deploy funding and build partnerships to help repair and reimagine the systems that fuel economic security, opportunity and mobility. The Fund seeks to advance jobs that sustain and uplift people and also invest in the development of a more inclusive, effective public benefits system, with a focus on unemployment insurance. It will be co-chaired by Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation and Eric Braverman, Chief Executive Officer, Schmidt Futures.


Tyonka Perkins Rimawi Joins the Families and Workers Fund as Senior Program Manager

September 24, 2021 | Announcement

The Families and Workers Fund is excited to announce that Tyonka Perkins Rimawi has joined us as a Senior Program Manager. In this role, Tyonka will manage the Families and Workers Fund’s grants program, including sourcing, evaluating, and managing grants, and supporting grantee partners to achieve their greatest possible impacts and influence. She will also manage community engagement.


The Families and Workers Fund Announces Rachel Korberg as Founding Executive Director

March 25, 2021 | Amalgamated Foundation

The Families and Workers Fund is thrilled to announce the appointment of Rachel Korberg as its founding Executive Director. Launched in April 2020, it was the first national, multi-donor pooled fund dedicated to the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. While the Families and Workers Fund initially focused on rapid response, it is now a $33 million and growing entity that has transitioned to working as a five-year funder collaborative. It aims to help build a future in which everyone experiences economic security, opportunity, and mobility—especially those who have historically been locked out of the country’s prosperity.


Families and Workers Fund Raises Nearly $30 Million for Workers Hardest Hit by COVID-19: Press Release

December 16, 2020 | Amalgamated Foundation

Launched in April amidst the first peak of the pandemic in the United States with an initial commitment of $7 million, the Families and Workers Fund now stands at nearly $30 million. The Fund was the first multi-donor pooled fund dedicated to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, designed to tackle both the immediate need for cash assistance due to the US’s inadequate social safety net, and the long-term, structural change needed for workers and their families to experience an equitable recovery.


Why Empowering Frontline Workers is a Key Element to a Safe Reopening

August 18, 2020 | Fortune

As the U.S. reopens despite the coronavirus continuing to ravage the country, workers across industries—from agriculture to airport security and meat processing—are getting sick. A century ago it was very common for people in the U.S. to fall ill or even die on the job. We are at risk of returning to a horrifying reality where earning a paycheck again means risking your life.


How We Can Actually Thank Essential Workers: Give Them More Money

May 9, 2020 | Business Insider

The Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, along with a diverse group of funding partners, launch the Families and Workers Fund to support essential workers – as well as the now more than 33.5 million people who have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment benefits in the past seven weeks.