Funder partners

We work with partners and donors across sectors who believe in our mission and have witnessed the impact our work has in our community. Together, we partner to connect people to careers and support individuals on their path to self sufficiency.

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Towards Employment has extensive provider partnerships across the community, often aligning services with organizations doing similar work. We also bring our services to other partner locations. In each partnerships, we leverage each other’s expertise to ensure participants and graduates benefit from as many resources as possible.


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Saint Luke's Foundation
KKR Covid Response Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
TCF Bank
The George Gund Foundation
Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Fund
Bank of America
The Nord Family Foundation
The Fund for Our Economic Future
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation
The Reinberger Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation
Fifth Third Foundation
Higley Fund, a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation
Nordson Corporation Foundation

The Thomas White Foundation
Third Federal Foundation
Bruening Foundation
Eaton Charitable Fund
The Abington Foundation
Buckeye Health Plan
Callahan Foundation
Cleveland Votes
Huntington Bank
Thatcher Family Fund, a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation
The Frank Hadley Ginn & Cornelia Root Ginn Foundation, a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation
The Murphy Family Foundation
Union Home Mortgage Foundation
US Bank Foundation

This list of foundation and corporate donors is current as of September 22, 2022.
If you do not see your name, please contact Adaora Schmiedl at

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Social Determinants of Work

The Social Determinants of Work (SDoW) Initiative will bring the Greater Cleveland community together to strategically advance mitigation of barriers workers face, employer practices that lead to good jobs, and policy changes that fix systemic barriers.


Towards Employment has been selected as the lead agency for the NEO Employer Resource Network®.

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What is an ERN®?

An ERN® is an employer collaborative that pools resources to provide an on-the-job success coach who helps with work/life issues to all employees.

For member businesses, the success coach works on site to a) address many of the social determinants of work that can cause stress and derail a worker's performance, b) provide financial literacy and other essential training and connect workers.

In other markets, ERN® member companies’ success includes:

  • employee retention rates of 90%-98%
  • average employer ROI of 500%
  • increased employee engagement and improved company culture
  • informal regional human resource networks
  • increased family financial stability
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Northeast Ohio Workforce Coalition

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Northeast Ohio Workforce Coalition (NEOWC) is an affiliate of the Ohio Workforce Coalition and shares the vision of a future where Ohioan’s have equitable access to opportunity and the supports they need to take advantage of it; Ohio’s businesses have a skilled workforce advancing in quality jobs; and Ohio’s workforce systems are aligned, transparent, and accountable.

NEOWC works to create a “table” where local policy makers and funders can engage workforce stakeholders in a more efficient manner, and by which NEOWC members can bring priority issues to their attention.  It offers quarterly sessions to share best practices, foster innovation, promote alignment, and leverage expert input on programmatic, funding and policy issues.

The Leadership Committee includes The Literacy Cooperative, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, United Way, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Workforce Leadership Academy


The Ohio Workforce Coalition, with NEOWC as local partner, was selected in a nationally competitive process to facilitate the Aspen Institute Workforce Leadership Academy (WLA) in Cleveland.  The Workforce Leadership Academy, with curriculum designed by the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute, brings together leaders from across a local workforce ecosystem for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects. The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks; strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs.

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Adaora Schmiedl

Director, Advancement & Community Engagement

Phone: (216) 696-5750 x223