Opportunity Calculator provides the information, tools, and connections individuals need to navigate into the middle class.
Opportunity Calculator is the first tool of its kind to bring together Employer Benefits, Public Benefits and Personalized Workforce Training in one place to help individuals navigate the benefits cliff and advance their careers.What is the benefits cliff?
Are you employed or seeking employment in Dane County and not sure how a new opportunity or raise will impact your true net income? Opportunity Calculator can help.
Use this to calculate your true net income, incorporating Public Benefits eligibility and Long-Term Earning potential.
Get personalized referrals to Community & Employer Resources, Career Opportunities, and Employee Training.
Opportunity Calculator provides the information, tools, and connections workers need to stay and advance at your company. Using our data and analytics Employers can improve their productivity and retention, and remove common barriers to advancement.
Enables workers to project income, incorporating: public benefits eligibility; employer benefits and wages; and long-term earning potential from training.
Provides custom referrals in three income-increasing areas: community resources to remove barriers (e.g., housing, child care); new employment opportunities and existing employer resources; and employment training opportunities for long-term career growth.
Employers learn from this data while protecting their employees privacy, gaining critical insights to increase productivity, worker retention and advancement.
Sept. 2020 // Institute for Research on Poverty
The Opportunity Calculator team was formed when workforce partners in Dane County, Wisconsin joined forces to participate in the Alliance for the American Dream Challenge. The alliance is sponsored by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt. After advancing through several rounds of local competition supported by the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty, we pitched in the final round to Eric and Wendy Schmidt on September 10, 2020 with four other teams from around the country. Opportunity Calculator was awarded $500,000 to help raise the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by ten percent through the use of our tool.
Our team is unified by a shared mission of empowering workers to have agency over their careers by providing them with information, tools and connections they need to make decisions about jobs, benefits and training opportunities. We believe that employers who seek to create a sustainable and thriving workforce are a critical part of this mission.