GREENSBORO, N.C. – Donna Newton has joined The Community Foundation of Greater

Donna Newton

Greensboro to lead exciting new efforts that ultimately will better connect area employers, nonprofits, and workforce development programs.

This strategy arose from the recent outcomes of the Greensboro Works Task Force, a joint effort of The Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Greensboro. Greensboro Works developed strategies to help the community improve long-term economic success of our residents by:

  • Building connections across workforce development, human services and economic development organizations to promote the economic success of families and the community;
  • Leveraging funding, resources and models from outside the community;
  • Collaboratively developing and recommending community-wide strategies for economic success; and
  • Engaging community stakeholders to align their work.

“We are excited to bring Donna on board in this new role,” said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation. “Her skills and experience in building networks and collaboratives are a perfect match for establishing this new project.”  Initial funding for the project comes from The Community Foundation and Lincoln Financial Foundation.

Greensboro has been invited to become an official site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. an unprecedented initiative of national and local funder collaboratives targeting career advancement for workers and a more skilled and stable workforce for employers. The fund provides matching dollars and technical assistance in 32 sites nationwide.  Newton will establish a local funders collaborative to match national funds that will by re-granted to local sector-based Workforce Partnerships.  The goal of the initiative will be to build a seamless system of enhancing and connecting talent to workforce opportunities.

Newton’s years of experience in business and nonprofits as well as building collaborations and coalitions make her the ideal leader of this effort. Previously, she supported two funder collaboratives – serving as director of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium as well as liaison for Building Stronger Neighborhoods. Prior to that, she had a successful career in the insurance industry and held a senior position with Jefferson-Pilot.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to build a collaborative effort around workforce development to achieve long-term economic success,” Newton said.  “It is exciting to consider the possibilities of leveraging flexible resources to support the good work that is going on.”