Top 3 best small nonprofits

Top 3 best small nonprofits

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.

PETER BELAND