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2010 List of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon

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Articles - October 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
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Methodology

Employee survey

The survey was voluntary and free of charge. Participating nonprofits had to employ at least 10 paid Oregon workers at the time of the survey. Organizations were categorized as small if they had 10-24 employees worldwide; medium if they employed 25-74; and large if they employed 75 or more. For the 2010 survey nearly 5,000 Oregon workers rated their satisfaction with 155 organizations in 50 workplace qualities — 10 in each of the following categories:
1. Benefits and compensation: health coverage, fitness and wellness, retirement plan, compensation, employee retention.
2. Work environment: scheduling, diversity, family balance, teamwork, fun, technology, community support, policies and procedures.
3. Decision-making and trust: collaboration and cooperation, creativity, trust and openness, organizational pride, ethical standards.
4. Performance management: performance feedback and goals, employee and employer accountability, rewards and acknowledgement.
5. Career development and learning: opportunities, promotions, employee training, educational support, management diversity and communications.

Employer benefits survey

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

Scoring

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.

How to enter the 2011 100 Best Nonprofits:

(Note: Survey eligibility and size category rules are changing as described below)
1. Eligibility: Any nonprofit 501(c)-type organization, government agency, association, hospital, credit union, etc., with at least 10 employees or regular volunteers in Oregon will be eligible to enter the 2011 survey. Organizations may be based outside the state, but will be categorized for ranking purposes in 2011 as small, medium or large based on their Oregon employee/volunteer count.
2. Survey period: The process for 2011’s list will begin in April and end in June 2011. 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 nonprofit: Send an e-mail with your name, title, phone number and e-mail address to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
4. Mark your calendar: The sign-up link will be posted to oregon100best.com in April.

Alphabetical Index

LARGE ORGANIZATIONS MEDIUM ORGANIZATIONS SMALL ORGANIZATIONS
COMPANY RANK COMPANY RANK COMPANY RANK
Cascade Health Solutions 21 Artz Center for Developmental Health & Audiology 23 1000 Friends of Oregon 21
Cedar Mill Community Library Association 11 Ashland Supportive Housing 20 Bend Area Habitat for Humanity 25
ColumbiaCare Services 23 Blanchet Catholic School 29 Broadway Rose Theatre Company 20
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon 19 Bonneville Environmental Foundation 14 Child Care Development Services 2
Dallas Retirement Village 16 Cascade AIDS Project 33 Christians as Family Advocates 23
Family Building Blocks 10 Childpeace Montessori School 15 Community Action Resource Enterprises Inc. 26
Human Solutions 29 Children’s Nursing Specialties 3 Community Warehouse 28
Impact Northwest 24 Children’s Relief Nursery 22 The Dougy Center 7
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory 31 Community Counseling Solutions 16 Family Relief Nursery 19
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, OR/SW-WA/ID/MT 32 CORIL 30 Hands On Greater Portland 9
Life Flight Network 15 DePaul Industries 7 Housing Development Center 5
Living Opportunities 20 The Freshwater Trust 5 Innovative Housing Inc. 27
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon 2 Friendly House Inc. 31 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest 10
Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst 3 Full Access 1 JOIN 18
Mercy Corps 22 Growing Tree Children’s Center 8 The Macdonald Center 12
Metropolitan Family Service 12 Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East 32 Meyer Memorial Trust 32
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency 25 HIV Alliance 18 Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service 13
The Nature Conservancy 27 The Next Door Inc. 24 Northwest Catholic Counseling Center 30
NeighborImpact 33 Northwest Family Services 6 Northwest Pilot Project 3
Open Meadow Alternative Schools 8 Northwest Housing Alternatives 10 Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems 4
Oregon Humane Society 30 Oregon Partnership 2 Oregon Environmental Council 6
Oregon Research Institute 4 Oregon Tourism Commission 9 Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation 11
Oregonians Credit Union 6 Our House 19 Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives 29
Outside In 17 Pearl Buck Center 21 Portland Housing Center 22
Partnerships in Community Living Inc. 28 Portland YouthBuilders 4 Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors 16
Pentagon Federal Credit Union 14 Raphael House of Portland 17 Providence Federal Credit Union 1
REACH Community Development 5 Ride Connection 13 Ronald McDonald House Charities of OR & SW-WA 15
Rose Villa Senior Living 13 Rural Development Initiatives Inc. 28 Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Portland Council 17
Shangri-La Corporation 18 Saving Grace 27 Sunstone Montessori School 33
Stand for Children Leadership Center 9 Sisters Of The Road 11 The Children’s Center 31
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, OR/SW-WA Affiliate 1 South Coast Business Employment Corp. 12 Travel Salem 24
United Cerebral Palsy of OR & SW-WA 7 United Way of Lane County 26 Valley Health & Postal Employees Credit Union 14
United Community Action Network 26 Worksystems Inc. 25 Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades 34
Western Rivers Conservancy 8


 

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