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The challenges of unemployment and underemployment continue to dampen economic mobility across Chicagoland. Our focus remains steadfast on the needs of job seekers and disinvested communities. We hope you'll support our mission and help us expand our services to have a deeper impact on communities and residents in need.

We’re grateful for the support of our donors. Learn about the many ways you can donate to Skills by mail or online.

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Proof that equity works

We were able to move really quickly from idea to commitment to open. None of that would’ve been possible without access to Skills’ counsel, network, data, and their challenges to us. Not to move faster, but to keep us moving smartly.”
Andy Eichfeld Chief of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer discover logo testimonial

Measure Our Impact

Our 2021 Annual Impact Report captures both the data and the stories of our work last year. Discover more about our employers, the job seekers and communities we serve, and our march toward an inclusive recovery

View our 2021 Annual Impact Report

10,700+

Lifetime placements

120+

Employer partner

74%

2021 placements are female

96%

2021 placements are BIPOC

$6120

More earned by Skills placement each year

$192.8M

Total wage impact

Growing Our Impact


We work to increase the economic mobility of unemployed and underemployed talent.  We do this by connecting them to quality jobs through our deep partnership with a network of engaged employers and our understanding of their unique hiring needs.

Over the next three years, we've committed to scaling our demand-driven programs, diversifying job types, and driving innovation—with the end goal of placing 4,500 unemployed and underemployed candidates into roles that drive their career growth and financial opportunity.

Celebrate Our Impact

Alongside a record 92 event sponsors, we held our 7th Annual Employment Champions Breakfast on October 5th, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. “The Faces of an Inclusive Recovery: Accelerating the Path to Economic Equity” highlighted the dedication of our employer and community partners and the determination of our job seekers.

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We Can't Do Our Work Alone

Thank you to our Corporate & Foundation donors at $25,000+ from the past year!

For a full list of past donors, please see our 2020 Impact Report. View Employment Champions Breakfast sponsors here. National Expansion funders are listed here.

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