In the area of workforce development, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation will launch a new program this spring called the Women’s Pathway to Success Program. The transformative program will result in job creation, reduction in poverty, and eliminating barriers to employment for women in metro Atlanta. Investing in women achieves lasting returns for families, communities and nations.
Under the Women’s Pathway to Success Program, ten nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $30,000 for the first year and then $50,000 annually for 4-years (2018-2021) to provide the critical combination of services needed to move women to economic self-sufficiency. This combination of services includes access to workforce training and development, microenterprise development, childcare, financial literacy, and employment opportunities for women at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation will invite selected organizations to submit full proposals.
In addition to providing the ten nonprofit organizations with funding, AWF will apply a collective impact approach to the program. This collective impact model involves a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement system, and continuous communication among the cohort of grantees that provide the services. The goal of the collective impact approach is to create large scale community change. AWF’s approach as a central connection for nonprofits has proven to be best practice and reliable in achieving exponential community impact.