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.