VISION: ALL ADULTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKFORCE AND ADVANCE TOWARD FAMILY-SUSTAINING WAGES

Securing and maintaining a job that pays a sustainable wage are essential to building pathways toward prosperity. Because of your generosity, we’re working to create seamless pathways for individuals into high-demand career fields that promote long-term prosperity.

Our Challenges

  • By 2024, Minnesota is projected to have 400,000 unfilled jobs – 63 percent of which will require some post-secondary education.8
  • Out of the 100 largest cities in the country, the Minneapolis and St. Paul region ranks 88th on economic inclusion and 92nd on racial inclusion.9
  • Educational disparities for youth translate into income disparities for adults, disparately affecting people of color who earn $31,800 less per year than their white neighbors.10

Stories

Better Futures

Your Impact:

Because of your support, Greater Twin Cities United Way convenes cross-sector partners to strengthen career pathways and employment opportunities. For example, we helped establish
and remain active members of the Minneapolis St. Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin). The coalition secured state investments of $8.5 million for the Pathways to Prosperity Program in 2018. These investments connect adults with low incomes
to pathways to meet the demands of our workforce and earn higher incomes.

By the numbers 2018 Economic Opportunity Funding

$11 million

$6.2 million in United Way-directed
investments, $4.8 million in
donor-directed gifts/designations

9,432

adults accessed
resources for increased
earnings

$23,010

average increase in
individual annual
earnings - a 20:1 ROI

309

nonprofit professionals and
local stakeholders benefited
from 3 convenings on strategies
to increase adult earnings

26

nonprofits supported
through grants and
technical assistance.