National workforce development experts were asked to recommend nonprofits focused on employment services like job retention/stability, advancement to better jobs, technical training, helping the formerly homeless, imprisoned, and hospitalized to move to work, helping employers to invest in their own workforce, and more. These nonprofits could work with various populations: adults with low literacy skills, adults or youth with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, youth, welfare recipients, businesses, or the community at large. And these nonprofits could focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, technical assistance, etc. Specifically excluded from consideration were for-profit organizations such as head hunting and for-profit staffing agencies.
Philanthropedia surveyed 103 experts in the workforce development sector (with an average of 17 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest impact. These experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, government officials, etc.) identified 16 outstanding nonprofits (out of 166 total reviewed nonprofits) working at the national level in the workforce development sector