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Building the Business Case for Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce

Case studies include CVS/Caremark, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital system.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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This paper from Corporate Voices, similarly profiles private-sector commitments to support education and workforce training for lower-skilled employees, and documents the substantial payoff to companies that have done so.
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Opportunities in the Workforce Readiness Pipeline: A Community Engagement Toolkit for Business

The toolkit reflects the expertise of United Way Worldwide and the Workforce Strategy Center, content partners in the publication. It offers practical advice and hands-on steps to investing in community improvement, and features case studies from leading corporate citizens like KPMG LLP's Family for Literacy program, Baxter International's Science@Work program, and the Bridging Richmond initiative, supported by the Altria Group.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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This toolkit is designed to assist business and local leaders in developing successful, sustainable partnerships to ensure that more young people in their communities have the highest-quality education and supports they need to be successful today, and as the workforce we will depend on tomorrow.
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Broader Partnerships 101

After years of working with a wide variety of partnerships at the state and local level, the Forum for Youth Investment has concluded that communities and states need to consider a few basic components of partnerships. This webinar explained about this leadership capacity area and what you can do to build broader, more effective partnerships.


Business Engagement Menu

Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Developed by Ready by 21 Partner Corporate Voices for Working Families, this is a menu of ways that business leaders can be involved in their communities. Nonprofit leaders can use this to see the array of options for businesses to be involved in changing the odds for children and youth.
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Business Engagement Stakeholders Wheel: Identifying Business Leaders in Your Community

This white paper helps nonprofits see the range of ways they can partner with business leaders. The Business Stakeholder Wheel is an easy to use visual that shows the array of roles that businesses can play in community change efforts.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
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Developed by Ready by 21 Partner Corporate Voices for Working Families, this tool helps connect business leaders as partners and outlines the various roles that businesses can play in improving the odds for children and youth.
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Building A Broad Stakeholders Group Action Brief

This brief provides an overview of four guiding principles to stakeholder engagement: be intentional about who to involve; be specific about what you ask the group to get involved in; think about how and how much you want people involved; and think about when you need the group to be engaged.

Sunday, May 25, 2008
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This brief lays out guiding principles for stakeholder engagement. It highlights who to involve and how to meaningfully engage stakeholders in efforts to improve the odds for children and youth.

Stakeholders Wheel Facilitator's Packet

This Facilitator's Packet starts out with the Activity Guide, which will help in leading this exercise in a collaborative meeting. The Activity Guide is followed by the stakeholder wheel, which can be used by participants during the exercise. FInally, the packet contains a few examples of how the wheel has been used in communities. This resource is aimed at helping assess who a community is currently working with and where it can conduct outreach to improve the partnership.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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This packet of materials is designed for a collaborative meeting ice breaker, town hall exercise or small group activity. The goal is to learn more about the range of stakeholders of a collaborative effort.