Path Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving. Today we fulfill this mission by partnering with employers to create returnships and other programs that give professionals a jump start back to paid work, while giving these companies access to skilled, but often overlooked, talent.

Since 2016, we’ve collaborated with more than 100 companies to launch return to work programs. Our partners range in size from global corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Netflix, and Apple to small start-ups.

Our model works. Through job opportunities at our employer partners, and the resources we provide to returning caregivers at no charge, we’ve helped thousands of talented individuals return to paid employment. More than 80 percent of caregivers who complete a returnship powered by Path Forward convert to full-time positions.


Path Forward’s Commitment to Social Change

It’s not easy for working professionals to strike a balance between career and caregiving. For some, a time comes when the two can no longer coexist.

As a result, the pool of talent on the sidelines is enormous. There are tens of millions of people out of the paid workforce for caregiving, and women are 12 times more likely to put their careers on hold for this reason. The pandemic further devastated workforce participation rates, forcing nearly three million caregivers to leave their jobs. Our work at Path Forward has only just begun.

Our Vision
We envision a world where caregiving is recognized and valued, does not disproportionately hinder women’s career progression or economic opportunity, and where everyone can achieve their personal and professional dreams.

Our Mission
We are on a mission to empower caregivers to restart and advance their careers by creating a community of people of all genders who inspire, support, and uplift each other and by working with employers to expand opportunities and support programs for caregivers at all stages of their career.

Our Impact
We know how life changing our work is. That’s because each day we’re lucky to hear from caregivers like Rena:

“I got a full time job offer today! I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to Path Forward. I have loved my returnship and am so thrilled. What you do for parents who chose to take a break from their career to raise their families and then want to return to the work world is amazing. I feel so lucky and appreciative. Thank you so much for all your hard work. It has made a huge difference in my life!” 

For an overview, enjoy our 2021 Annual Report, which tells the story of Path Forward’s first five years and highlights the programs, alumni, and employers we’ve touched. We appreciate the many donors and friends who support our work to ensure that caregivers are seen, heard, and valued.

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