Accelerated funding for our nonprofit partners. We’re experiencing a record number of unemployment claims in the U.S. and an increased demand for services—like the pivot to online learning and new programming to meet the needs of today’s virtual workforce—in response to the impacts of the coronavirus. At the same time, many of our nonprofit partners face reduced revenue as a result of cancelled fundraising events.
We at Workday knew our nonprofit partners would appreciate extra financial support sooner than they regularly receive from the Workday Foundation. So, we expedited grants to those who are doing critical work in the workforce development field, so they can serve more unemployed people seeking work. Many of our nonprofit partners have rapidly transitioned from in-person skills development to online learning, which has allowed them to serve hundreds more job seekers without the space constraints of a traditional classroom. In the last year, the Workday Foundation has granted more than $5 million to aid in the fight for economic equality.
Stayed committed to building onramps to opportunity. We’ve kept our commitment to creating onramps for those who traditionally haven’t had access to opportunity. Our Opportunity Onramps® programs are more critical than ever before, which is why we’ve committed to filling 20% of our early to mid-career full-time roles with Opportunity Onramps candidates by 2023. And in late July, we welcomed our thirteenth cohort of Year Up interns at Workday. Talented and highly motivated candidates without a four-year degree or previous work experience in a professional field may be the first to be overlooked in a recovering economy—with many people competing for the same jobs. Paid work experience through onramps programs continues to provide economic mobility for people from under-resourced communities.
Collaborated with those that share a goal and vision. The tech sector does a good job of innovating, and we’re proud to have partnered with others to strive for economic equality. We joined other companies as a Founding Coalition member of #RecoverStronger, an initiative launched by JFF, to ensure we’re accountable for how we’re building back a more equitable economy. We also have a partnership with Opportunity@Work which will leverage Workday’s skills cloud to connect workers in the U.S. without four-year degrees to employers in need of their skills, allowing them to work, learn, and earn their full potential. And we also joined the Rework America Alliance, an innovative nationwide initiative to enable unemployed and low wage workers emerge from this crisis stronger.
In addition, we joined forces with 25 companies to collectively raise $22 million to support the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. In a recent conversation with JFF, JVS, Salesforce, and Walmart, we discussed the ways in which organizations can partner to break barriers to economic opportunity for all.