Expanding opportunity to ensure more American workers have jobs that help build a hopeful future for themselves and their families

For too many people within the United States today, the American Dream is out of reach—and millions of workers are seeing that hard work alone does not translate to a stable, middle-class life that uplifts future generations. We are working with employers, workers, and policy experts to create more equitable economic conditions for all.

We are currently advancing this effort through our work on Impact Hiring, which we’ve applied to help young people access stable employment and career-building jobs, and help employers address critical talent challenges. We are also advancing gender inclusivity in the workplace through our 100×25 campaign, which aims to bring more women to the C-suite by 2025. Looking ahead, we will help ensure American workers have the tools and support they need to compete and thrive in a changing world.

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Communities Thrive Challenge

At The Rockefeller Foundation, we believe in an America where all people can earn enough to support their families, achieve financial security, and provide their children with more opportunities. Every day, local governments, businesses, and nonprofit leaders across the country are working to make this dream possible in their communities. Yet too often these community-driven approaches are missed by those who could invest in them and help them reach more people. This is especially true for…

Opportunity Zones

Through our U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation is working to ensure everyone has access to a good job and a secure future. We believe in an America where everyone can thrive—even as the economy, the job market, and the workplace changes. Opportunity Zones are a new tool communities can use to drive economic development.  Established by the U.S. Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones encourage long-term investments in…


It is no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in the economy. Across geographies and income levels, disparities between men and women persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement, and unbalanced representation in important decision-making. Women in leadership, however, have proven to be beneficial for both the company and individual employees.

Impact Hiring

While overall unemployment levels have decreased over the past several years, economic opportunity has remained stubbornly out of reach for some. The unemployment rate for younger workers remains more than double the national average. For these young people, failure to gain an early foothold in the labor market can translate to a lifetime of lower earnings, family and community instability, and a host of other challenges.

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