Nonprofits in our region received nearly as much Foundation funding during the fourth quarter of 2016 as in the prior three quarters combined.
Sixty grants totaling more than $9 million supported work that advanced good jobs and financial capability this past quarter—compared to 121 grants worth just shy of $18 million for all of 2016.
One focus of fourth quarter funding was support for career and financial guidance that helps youths and others from the community find pathways to a secure future. A grant to Cankdeska Cikana Community College pursues this focus in reservation communities. A grant to Juma Ventures serves urban youths.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) meets the need for career services for college and community
CCCC is using a $200,000, two-year Foundation commitment to hire a career counselor who will provide and coordinate career guidance both inside and outside the classroom—tailored to the distinct needs of students and community members of Spirit Lake Tribe, located on a North Dakota tribal reservation. At its heart, this grant from our Work Opportunity portfolio explores how tribal colleges open up pathways to good jobs in reservation communities.
The community college has quadrupled in size since 2003. Students gain great technical skills. But non-academic advising is underfunded and often must occur through ad hoc efforts from faculty.
Through Juma Ventures, selling a hotdog at a Seahawks game can launch a career
Juma Ventures operates a social enterprise that sells concession items at major sporting events as a way to break the cycle of poverty for low-income youths.
In Seattle, 170 youths work in jobs, often their first, in Juma Ventures’ enterprises that sell food at CenturyLink Field and other stadiums. But the value of Juma Ventures goes way beyond an after-school or summer job. The youths also gain academic support that prepares them for higher education, hard and soft job skill training that expands career options, and financial skills that help them manage a budget and save. As part of the program, youths open college savings accounts that receive a 2:1 match.
Almost all youths in the program graduate from high school, and most are able to gain further placement into permanent work beyond the program.
Keep learning more
We invite you to visit CCCC’s and Juma Ventures’ websites and to look at listings of all of our grantees—from the fourth quarter and from all of 2016.