Work & Prosperity

Preparing workers to thrive in the era of automation

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The opportunity for the future of work

Learners and workers are increasingly expected to possess in-demand skills and experience to meet the talent needs of employers while securing stable, rewarding careers. Our Work & Prosperity portfolio of early-stage startups, nonprofits, accelerators, and funds is building a skilled and resilient workforce that meets the changing needs of the construction and manufacturing industries in the era of automation. Our Theory of Change illustrates how our investments generate measurable outcomes for a more equitable future for all.

Investment focus

We invest in opportunities where Autodesk’s construction and manufacturing expertise can accelerate growth. Our impact investments help workers thrive while delivering more value to their employers.

Foresight & mindset

Forecast workforce challenges posed by automation and help workers foster a growth mindset


Skills & learning

Ensure that skills of the future are attainable, stackable, accredited, and transferable


Quality & dignity

Encourage worker-centric cultures that normalize benefits and economic advancement


Access & inclusion

Support equitable, inclusive access to learning and career pathways


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Our portfolio

Our Work & Prosperity portfolio focuses primarily on organizations in the United States with an eye toward expansion in key overseas markets. We invest in organizations that upskill and reskill learners, support career advancement, and improve employer policies and practices. Beyond capital, our portfolio has access to Autodesk resources through in-kind support, including technology, training, pro bono consulting, storytelling, and networks.

Portfolio impact

Through our impact measurement and management practice, we evaluate the impact of our Work & Prosperity portfolio based on outcomes related to skills acquisition and inclusive access to quality jobs.


12.1 million

individuals directly impacted (low-touch, cumulative)*


individuals trained (high-touch, annual)*


certifications and credentials facilitated (annual)


people obtained new or improved jobs (annual)

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* "Low-touch" refers to individuals impacted through educational technology or learning platform solutions. "High-touch" refers to individuals who received formal training, either on the job or through job placement programs.


These impact metrics rely on data aggregated and sourced from financial reports, annual reports, organizational key performance indicators, and self-reported data from the Autodesk Foundation portfolio. Read the impact report for more details. 

Impact in action

Learn how our Work & Prosperity portfolio prepares today's workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Coalfield Development

Rebuilding the Appalachian economy

Coalfield Development works to promote a diversified economy in West Virginia, where coal has historically provided the primary means of earning a living wage.


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Closing the manufacturing talent gap

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) promotes strong communities, businesses, and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty.


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Preparing students for climate-friendly careers

Stacks+Joules is a nonprofit workforce development program training overlooked populations for jobs in building automation.


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The change we’re accelerating

Learn more about our Theory of Change and how our investments secure a prosperous, inclusive future for all.

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