New Skills for A New Tomorrow.

Give now to train COVID-displaced workers into high growth careers

The Problem

Millions of Jobs Lost

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented economic crisis, disproportionately impacting low-income individuals and those without a college degree working on the frontlines of our economy. Nearly 40% of those in households making less than $40,000 lost a job in March 2020 and 47% of job losses are expected to be permanent.

Our Solution

The Need for New Skills

27 million jobs will need to be filled over the next 5 years in high-growth sectors like technology, healthcare, and skilled trades. Displaced workers need short-term re-training to unlock these opportunities.

Granting Opportunity

The SkillUp Together Fund will give displaced workers a headstart by covering training costs and supports. By funding these scholarships, these grants will go towards unlocking each student’s potential and empowering thousands of Americans to achieve economic mobility.


workers already on the platform


committed to date for the Skillup Together Fund

How It Works

The path to SkillUp is designed to make an immediate impact for displaced workers and students.
Here’s a quick look through their journey.


that career choices have shifted and new skills are required to break into a new job or industry.


the different options that match their needs and apply the skills they already have.


into our training courses that are tailored to help them discover new skills and land a high-growth job upon completion.


with skills for in-demand careers and job placement options to get them hired.

Programs generally take less than 6 months, graduate 80% of students, and offer $20,000 or more increase in annual earnings

“I see myself becoming a developer and creating my own apps or software to help benefit people who are constantly on the go.”


Generation USA: Software Tester

“I had no tangible qualifications to put on a resume and couldn’t afford training and exams for the IT certifications that I knew of. Merit America provided everything that I was looking for.”


Merit America: IT Helpdesk Technician

“As a single parent, I wasn’t making enough money to afford to go to a coding boot camp. When I found Per Scholas, it challenged me, and though it wasn’t easy, it was worth it. I graduated debt-free and could be an example to my daughter”


Per Scholas: Software Engineer

With a History of Success

We’ve partnered with quality providers who deliver comprehensive training and job placement programs, here are some key results:


graduation rate across our partner programs


graduates have earned industry credentials across our partners


of graduates from some of our partner programs are people who have been traditionally under Represented within the tech and healthcare industries.

Per Scholas is a national organization that prepares individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. With campuses in 14 cities, they’ve trained more than 11,000 people.

Generation works directly with employers to build custom 5-12 week training programs delivered at no cost to students across the country. The curriculum includes a mix behaviors, technical skills, and mindsets that student need to be successful on the job.


Merit America provides a path to skilled careers for adults without bachelors’ degrees through fast, flexible training programs focused on in-demand roles and partnerships with leading employers. Learners master technical and professional skills and work with coaches to transition to upwardly-mobile tech careers.

MedCerts is an eLearning platform that gamifies career retraining. It’s a self-paced, structured program that certifies people to work in Online Healthcare and IT.

Creating IT Futures reskills students in IT hardware and software. Everything from building computers to troubleshooting networks to securing data. Students also receive a suite of career services from resume building, mock interviews, career fairs and introductions to employers with open tech jobs.

i.c.stars offers a hands-on, two-year job training program for talented, low-income young adults in Chicago and Milwaukee. Trainees develop advanced technical and leadership skills by responding to real RFPs from employer partners.

Meet our Training Partners

Our Partners

Philanthropic Pioneers
training partners

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“The SkillUp Together Fund is breaking new ground by offering immediate grants to COVID-displaced workers and identifying high-performing training providers to prepare students for sustainable careers”

Tracy Palandjian
Co-Founder and CEO of Social Finance

Unlocking new economic mobility requires investment. If you share our urgency to empower a new skilled workforce from among COVID’s hardest hit populations, let’s talk.