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|Monday, September 27, 2010|
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BY PETER BELAND AND CORY MIMMS
Our second annual ranking of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon celebrates what it means to be a great place to work. Read about the top four small organizations, with 10 to 24 employees worldwide.
No. 1 Best Small Nonprofit
Providence Federal Credit Union
“We love working here! We love working here!” VP of operations Denise Wheeland says, punctuating a long list of benefits that no doubt helped this Milwaukie-based credit union rise to the No. 1 spot on the 100 Best Nonprofits list.
“[We’re] not about marketing and sales,” employee Jody Wilson says of the credit union’s efforts to provide quality service to the employees of Providence Health & Services and other affiliated health-care workers in the region. For example, as it tries to keep interest rates stable and even with rising health-care costs, the credit union still provides robust family health-care coverage to its workers.
“The other day we thought it’d be fun to go out as a group to see movies once a month, so now we’re paying for the tickets,” Wheeland says. Paying for movie tickets underlines Providence’s commitment to pay attention to employee needs. Workers also get discounts on a constellation of services, from cooking classes to doggy daycare visits.
Providence Federal regularly earmarks money for charitable donations. Last year, it helped fund “My Little Waiting Room,” a drop-in childcare facility in Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. This devotion to service extends to employees as well.
“I don’t think I’ve donated so much in my life,” Wilson says of the organization’s infectious philanthropic ethic.
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BY APRIL STREETER
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace.
Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.
This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay.
Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.
New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”
That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
BY MEGHAN NOLT
VIDEO: Under the radar — complete with a soda counter, the traditional Paulsen's Pharmacy looks to compete with big box retailers.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.
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