Responsible Careers: Follow the Socio-Eco Innovation Money

Responsible career management is all about performing well in our current jobs while keeping our eyes open for future socio-eco innovation career opportunities.  As in all other sectors, job opportunities follow growth or influx of money into socio-eco innovation.  Therefore, in socio-eco innovation, one way to follow employment trends is to get to know where the socio-eco innovation money is going and which organizations are benefiting from it.

Earlier this week, as reported in our justmeans social enterprise section, a sizable injection of money has been made in socio-eco innovation through the first round of grants awarded by the National Social Innovation Fund.  The grantees will receive between $750,000 to $10 million over the next couple of years.  The grantees will create socio-eco innovation change in a variety of areas, including youth development, economic development as well as health-related Initiatives.  If you are interested in these areas, these sizable grants are likely to lead to socio-eco innovation jobs that would be a great vehicle for you to make a positive impact.  Let's review some of the organizations that were awarded a grant from the National Social Innovation Fund:

Possible Responsible Career Growth #1 - Helping Low-Income Youth Achieve College Education and Productive Employment ($21 million).  $2 million have been awarded to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, which will invest the money into programs to create early childhood education and literacy programs, as well as college access and productive employment pathways for low-income and youth in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Further help to low-income youth has been provided through a $5 million grant awarded to New Profit Inc. (along with College Summit, iMentor, and Year Up).  These organizations will invest the grant to help young low-income people navigate their transitions from high school to college and from college to productive employment.  In addition, a $10 million grant will help the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to partner with 10 youth development organizations to improve educational skills and workforce readiness of underprivileged youth throughout the US.  Finally, Venture Philanthropy Partners was awarded $4 million to create a network of nonprofit organizations that will implement an integrated approach to address the education and employment needs of low-income and vulnerable youth in the DC area.

Responsible Career Growth #2 - Workforce Development and Job Search Support ($20.6 million).  $3 million were awarded to REDF to create job opportunities for thousands of dislocated youth, homeless and incarcerated individuals, as well as those suffering from severe mental illness in California.  In addition, a $5.7 million grant will enable the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity to expand five anti-poverty programs focused on education, employment and financial savings in eight New York City areas in need.  Receiving a $7.7 million grant, Jobs for the Future, Inc. and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions will provide over 23,000 disadvantaged workers and job seekers with skill development opportunities, technical assistance, and job search training.  Finally, a $4.2 million grant was awarded to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to grow its Financial Opportunity Centers, which will lift over 7,500 low-income families out of poverty through career development training and responsible financial management programs.

Responsible Career Growth #3 - Promoting Healthier Futures ($7.6 million).  Up to 10 communities in Kentucky will benefit from the $2 million grant awarded to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The money will be invested to reduce health disparities, as well as in programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, as well as reduce smoking and other unhealthy habits.  Another $2 million was awarded to the Missouri Foundation for Health to curb tobacco use and obesity in 10-20 targeted low-income communities across the state.  Finally, $3.6 million were awarded to the National AIDS Fund to objectively evaluate current programs and implement innovative strategies designed to help over 3,500 low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases gain greater access to the care they need and achieve better health outcomes.

After receiving these large grants, it is likely that these organizations will need more help in a variety of areas, including accounting and financial analysis, marketing, program management and direct services professionals.  Therefore, I would recommend that you keep these organizations on your radar screen (e.g. follow them on twitter, sign up for their e-newsletters, join their group on LinkedIn) so that you can know when new jobs that align with your responsible career goals become available.

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