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Nonprofit Agencies

Approximately 500 nonprofit agencies operating across the country, including in Puerto Rico and Guam, participate in the AbilityOne Program. The Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act specifies the main criteria for nonprofit agencies to be eligible to participate.

Information about the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, regulations and policies governing the AbilityOne Program, and the Central Nonprofit Agencies and Nonprofit Agencies is available on the Commission website.

The Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act requires that at least 75 percent of a participating nonprofit agency’s total direct labor hours must be performed by persons who are blind or have significant disabilities. Direct labor is defined as “all work required for preparation, processing, and packing of a commodity or work directly related to the performance of a service, but not supervision, administration, inspection or shipping."

The work on Federal contracts may be facility-based, such as manufacturing or packaging; or community-based, such as administrative services, food service, janitorial/custodial, or switchboard operations.

Participation in the AbilityOne Program currently requires nonprofit agencies to affiliate with either NIB or SourceAmerica®, which are Central Nonprofit Agencies designated by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. There is no cost to the nonprofit agency to affiliate.

A nonprofit agency pays its Central Nonprofit Agency a Program Fee, which funds the Central Nonprofit Agency’s activities that facilitate the operations of the AbilityOne Program. The Program Fee is a percentage of the sales revenue of each contract on the AbilityOne Program Procurement List. More information on the Program Fee can be found on this FAQ page.

NIB-affiliated nonprofit agencies: map and list.

SourceAmerica-affiliated nonprofit agencies: map and list.

For more information, contact NIB or SourceAmerica.

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