When Colonel David Sutherland presented the 2017 Eugene and Ruth Freedman Leadership Award to Frank Gaudio of the PwC Charitable Foundation, he stressed that there was still much to be done.
Gaudio, the Foundation’s trustee and veterans’ liaison, reflected on the 200,000 service members who transition out of the military annually and highlighted the need to enable them to be economically empowered through living wage careers.
The PwC Charitable Foundation awarded Dixon Center a four-year grant with a focus on training those seeking careers that require a credential rather than a college degree. What attracted Gaudio to Dixon Center’s work is its emphasis on supporting veterans before they exit the military – setting up a guaranteed path to job training and placement.
The workforce development programs supported by the PwC Charitable Foundation are only a jumping-off point. The Foundation has embarked on an ambitious initiative to strengthen the results of myriad disciplines in the veterans’ space through resource- and information-sharing. Dixon Center works alongside of the Foundation to share best practices and bridge gaps between the Foundation’s 10 charitable veterans organizations – work that will eliminate redundancy and ultimately increase impact.