“What are we willing to sacrifice to create a world where people can live fully?”
Dan Pallotta

Work4Nonprofits is a nationwide movement that is creating solutions to long-term unemployment through nonprofit work. It’s time to take action, and we need your help. Let’s work together to make long-term unemployment a problem of the past. Download our one-page overview and read our call-to-action coalition member info sheet to learn more about the change we’re driving and how you can get involved.

How Can I Get Involved?

Browse below by stakeholder group to learn about the many ways you can work with Work4Nonprofits to make a difference.
  • Show your support of Work4Nonprofits by visiting Work4Nonprofits.org and signing our pledge to show that you want to help nonprofits offer an unconventional solution to the long-term unemployment crisis
  • Think of ways your organization can be part of the solution to long-term unemployment and pursue hiring those who were have been unemployed for 26 weeks or more where possible
  • Share your views and help educate lawmakers on the importance of nonprofits playing a role in the long-term unemployment crisis by joining our letter writing campaign aimed at creating incentives for hiring the long-term unemployed.
  • If you are hiring, recognize the need for and adopt best-in-class, nondiscrimination hiring policies that give equal opportunity to the long-term unemployed
  • Actively participate in local job fairs
  • Encourage funders to invest in programs to help hire the long-term unemployed
  • Invest in and fund the development of the talent acquisition programs at nonprofit organizations that make it possible for them to hire the long-term unemployed
  • Encourage the establishment of formal written policies and reporting on hiring long-term unemployment unemployed individuals, and incentivize this practice where it makes sense to do so
  • Pledge contributions specifically to enable nonprofits to hire and train the long-term unemployed.
  • Explore corporate responsibility programs that support the hiring and development of the long-term unemployed as talent in the nonprofit sector (ex: donate talent acquisition and workforce training services)
  • Financially support nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to hiring the long-term unemployed
  • Sponsor nonprofit participation in career fairs and other talent acquisition and retention efforts
  • Donate in-kind services to facilitate successful integration of the long-term unemployed into the workplace (transportation, training, support services, etc.)
  • Create an incentive for nonprofits with federal and/or state contracts to hire from the long-term unemployment pool and work to change the structure of reimbursement for salaries covered under government contracts so that nonprofits receive reimbursement guarantees.
  • Support action that requires the Department of Labor to recognize the nonprofit sector as an employment category and to collect data on the size and composition of nonprofit employment, as well as movement in and out of the sector.
  • Extend loan forgiveness provisions to include underemployed college graduates who have been unemployed for more than six months and are hired by nonprofits but remain employed for more than 3 years with that same employer.

Coalition Info


More Resources

Learn more about the issue of long-term unemployment and what you can do to make a difference by downloading resources from other advocates for unemployment solutions.

Guide to Tackling Unemployment: For Jobseekers

Designed by Deloitte and the Rockefeller Foundation specifically for job seekers with an employment gap of six months or longer, this guidebook includes recommendations for retooling a job search through personal stories and lessons learned from employers and those who previously experienced long-term unemployment.  It also included are an overview of available resources, a checklist for successfully finding a job, and interactive exercises and activities.

Guide to Tackling Unemployment: For Employers

This guidebook includes a business case that details the ways that hiring the long-term unemployed can make a business stronger and a maturity model to help businesses assess their talent acquisition practices as they relate to hiring the long-term unemployed. In addition, it provides recommendations and tools to improve hiring and retention of long-term unemployed, along with vignettes and case studies from employers about successful practices.

Guide to Tackling Unemployment: Community Leaders

The guide for local community leaders includes a four-step plan to help mobilize support in local communities, recommendations to develop a local strategy for addressing long-term unemployment, guidelines on identifying a local long-term unemployment ecosystem, sample action items for each ecosystem partner to mitigate long-term unemployment and talking points on how to advocate for the long-term unemployed.