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Families & Workers Fund

Joined in May 2021

About Us

The Families and Workers Fund is a new, rapidly growing collaborative philanthropy that aims to help build an economy that centers equity and uplifts all. Created in April 2020 by the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, today we are a $38 million and growing partnership of over a dozen leading funders. We were founded on the belief that the United States is experiencing a once-in-a-generation opening to advance economic security, opportunity, and mobility—especially for those who have been most locked out of the country’s prosperity. We deploy strategic and nimble grants, as well as targeted programs, community engagement, and partnerships, to leverage the possibility of this moment toward two longer-term impact goals:


  • 21st Century Benefits: help to transform the benefits and social safety net system—with an initial focus on unemployment insurance—so that it better enables families to stay afloat and workers to stay connected to the labor market during crises like job losses. 
  • Recover Up: accelerate an equitable jobs recovery, leveraging new federal and employer investments to deliver career pathways and quality jobs, including a focus on “new economy” sectors like green infrastructure and resilience. 


Across all of our work, we prioritize equity and dignity—i.e., ensuring an approach is designed for and with the most impacted communities and centers their voices and leadership—as well as implementation excellence and potential for scale. This enables us to work in ways that are both people-driven and data-driven and to break down silos. We support grantees that share our values of equity and are also relentlessly focused on scale, such as by investing in strong tech systems, sustainable financial models, and healthy teams. In 2020, over 80% of our grants went to organizations led by (or with 50% or more of their leadership who are) Black, Indigenous, or other people or color (BIPOC); immigrants or the children of immigrants; women; and/or LGBTQ people. The largest proportion of our grants went to women of color-led organizations. 


The Families and Workers Fund is a new, rapidly growing collaborative philanthropy that aims to help build an economy that centers equity and uplifts all. Created in April 2020 by the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, today we are a $38…

Issue Areas Include

  • Economic Development
  • Job & Workplace
  • Philanthropy
  • Policy

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