All individuals should be able to achieve their full potential, no matter what boundaries may stand in their way. We believe knowledgeable, well-educated individuals have the power to shape opportunity, take control of their lives, and mobilize their talents on behalf of their communities.
The Wagner Foundation supports access to economic opportunity through education, training, apprenticeships, and other employment programs. To equip the next generation to find and create jobs of the future will require a creative approach to working with business partners, greater investments in training and skill-building, and strategic investments in educational opportunities. Current systemic pathways to economic mobility must be challenged and augmented.
Written by Alyssa Wright In 2005, Philanthropist Charlotte Wagner had a vision as she established her family’s foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. Wagner Foundation would work to build just and robust community across the globe by way of engaging with organizations that focussed on improving health equity, increasing economic mobility, expanding institutional fairness, and striving for […]
Partners in Health, a Boston-based international medical charity, has received a $15 million gift to support its work in developing nations. The gift, from the Boston-based Wagner Foundation, is the one of the largest donations in Partners in Health’s 31-year history. The organization said it would use the grant to measure its impact in reducing […]
The results are in and Year Up has proven the success of its model on a national stage. In the report released on June 25, 2018, by the federally sponsored “Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education” (PACE) evaluation, Year Up has demonstrated the largest earnings increase of any workforce program in the history of the […]
Supporting rural farmers living on less than $2 a day, so that they may enter the formal economy, requires meeting many challenges. By investing in communities, women and young people, Root Capital seeks to balance local conditions with broader goals like child poverty, economic mobility, and peace.
Year Up’s mission is to close the “Opportunity Divide” by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The Wagner Foundation recognizes that in supporting individuals as whole people, with complex needs and responsibilities, they are better able to […]
Partners In Health (PIH) strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. The Wagner Foundation is not only a long-time supporter of PIH but has been influenced by its methodology and outlook. PIH’s remarkable […]