Home Back Issues October 2010 Top 3 best small nonprofits

Top 3 best small nonprofits

| Print |  Email
Articles - October 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Article Index
Top 3 best small nonprofits
No. 2 Best Small Nonprofit
No. 3 Best Small Nonprofit
No. 4 Best Small Nonprofit

No. 4 Best Small Nonprofit

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

The mission of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is demanding, but the employees take time to have fun.

Chief executive officer Andy Davidson created a new vision for the organization five years ago, and remains focused on building his team. “He challenges your thinking,” says services director Diane Waldo.

The staff participates in one-on-one and group exercises with a professional coach. Not every gathering is focused on work though; birthday celebrations and baby showers are common. The staff also receives generous benefits. Two employees are working on their master’s degree with the help of a tuition assistance program, and the organization contributes 7% of base salaries to retirement plans.

The organization advocates for Oregon hospitals and the patients they serve. “We’re one size fits all,” says communications director Andy Van Pelt. Over the past 76 years, the Lake Oswego-based association has had to adapt. “The policies being developed are more intricate,” says vice president Kevin Earls. “It’s a very intellectually stimulating work environment.”

Health care is a complex issue, and representing an entire state is difficult. The employees relieve stress by playing practical jokes. Van Pelt says his first assignment was to negotiate a “copy machine contract,” which turned out to be faker than fool’s gold.

Davidson admits he pulls a lot of the jokes. “You always know when Andy is in the room,” co-worker Peggy Allen says with a smile.

CORY MIMMS


 

More Articles

Private liberal arts education: superior outcomes, competitive price

Contributed Blogs
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
0826 thumb collegemoneyBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?


Read more...

Shipping News

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JENNIFER MARGULIS

In 2012 The Dalles, a city of some 14,400 located 75 miles east of Portland and often seen as the poor cousin to adjacent Hood River, completed a massive project to revitalize its dock.


Read more...

Launch

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

September's Launch article features Orchid Health, BuddyUp and Inter-Europe Consulting.


Read more...

Back to School

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY LEE VAN DER VOO

By now we’ve all read the headlines: Starbucks is giving away free degrees. Except it isn’t.


Read more...

Video: The 100 Best Survey

News
Thursday, August 28, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1OB Research Editor Kim Moore shares some pointers about the 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.


Read more...

Downtime

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

How State Representative Julie Parrish (House District 37) balances life between work and play.


Read more...

Molecular Movies

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Dr. Chong Fang isn’t God. But the assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University is getting closer to figuring out how he put everything together. 


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS