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Friday, September 28, 2012

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The survey was voluntary and free of charge. Participating nonprofits had to employ at least 10 Oregon workers (and/or volunteers who worked an average of 20 or more hours per month) at the time of the survey. Organizations were categorized as small if they had fewer than 20 Oregon employees; medium if they employed 20-49; and large if they employed 50 or more in Oregon. For the 2012 survey nearly 5,000 nonprofit workers rated their satisfaction with 169 organizations in 25 workplace qualities — five in each of the following categories:

  1. Work environment: scheduling, diversity, family balance, teamwork, fun, technology, policies and procedures
  2. Management and communications: treatment and feedback from supervisors, workplace communications, discipline for poor performance, rewards and acknowledgement for top performance
  3. Mission and goals: progress of mission, trust in management and board, employee involvement in decisions, community support, workplace pride
  4. Career development and learning: on-the-job training, off-site education and training, growth opportunities, promotion and advancement, job goals and expectations
  5. Benefits and compensation: adequacy and fairness of pay, health and wellness plan, retirement plan, paid time off and leave, opportunities for better pay and benefits


Organization representatives answered about 50 questions covering a comprehensive set of benefits including health and wellness, time off, family-friendly policies, work scheduling, incentives, retirement plans and culture.


The employee survey counted for 5/6 of a nonprofit’s score. For each organization, the average employee satisfaction rating was calculated in each of the five categories above on a scale of 0-100. The benefits survey was also scored on a 100-point scale, accounting for the remaining 1/6 of the overall score, resulting in a total possible score of 600.


  1. Eligibility: Any nonprofit 501(c)-type organization, government agency, association, hospital, credit union, etc., with at least 10 employees (and/or volunteers who work an average of 20 or more hours per month) in Oregon will be eligible to enter the 2013 survey. Organizations may be based outside the state but only their Oregon workers may participate.
  2. Survey period: The process for 2013’s list will begin in April and end in June 2013. There is no charge to participate, and organizations that do not make the list will remain anonymous. All participants that complete the process can obtain survey results.
  3. Submitting your workplace: Send an email with your name, title, phone number and email address to: 100best@oregonbusiness.com.
  4. Mark your calendar: The sign-up link will be posted to www.oregon100best.com in April 2013.


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0 #1 Director of Youth Entrepreneur ProgarmmingGuest 2012-10-05 23:27:32
I was wondering, the guidelines say with at least 10 employees (and/or volunteers woh wor an average of 20 or more hours a month)...my question, besides your list showed companies with 2 or 3 or 6 employees, do the volunteers have to work at the non-profit an average of 20 hours a month for all 12 months? or just key months? Maybe when a conference or class or some other event is going on...I would like to enter our organization but we only have 5 employees and we do have some volunteers that work 20hours a month, but it may not be every month. Thank you, Bill Prows
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0 #2 Brandon Sawyer, Research editorGuest 2012-10-06 17:20:52

Thanks for your question. If these volunteers are really part of the workplace team, familiar with your policies and, whether or not they work year-round, their average hours over the year add up up to about 220 hours per month/five hours per week, they can be included. We just don't want volunteers who are temporary or not really art of the team. The survey happens late April to June so they would need to be available then. They would participate in the survey except for the "Benefits and Compensation" section. Email me at if you have more questions or would like to be contacted next April.
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