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|Articles - October 2010|
|Wednesday, September 29, 2010|
The picture of young Cooper Albright says it all. Because of a nonprofit, his wish to be a construction worker for a day came true. Because of a nonprofit, seniors are being helped, a cure for breast cancer is being sought, the homeless are being fed, troubled youths are getting help, consumers are getting a better deal.
Without nonprofits, this state would be a less desirable place. The organizations not only uplift the many communities they serve, the nonprofit and not-for-profit sector also employs hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. Nationally, nonprofits are the fourth-largest employer.
That makes them an important economic force.
So it’s my great pleasure to bring you the second annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon.
Last year we developed a groundbreaking workplace best-practices project — modeled after our highly regarded 18-year-old 100 Best Companies project — just for nonprofits. We enlisted as our partner The Nonprofit Association of Oregon to help craft our survey. Research partners Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall and our research editor, Brandon Sawyer, administered the anonymous employee survey and an employer benefits survey.
We place no restriction on the type of charitible nonprofit or other not-for-profits that can enter. Any organization with 10 or more Oregon employees registered as a nonprofit or not-for-profit in the state was eligible to participate in this year’s survey. Those who have entered include a wide range of charitable nonprofits along with business associations, faith-based groups, government entities and civic organizations.
Next year, we will change the rules to allow an organization to count volunteers in its employee total. So all you smaller nonprofits take note: in 2011 you need only 10 employees and/or volunteers to take part. As always, there is no cost to participate and everyone gets a free basic report on survey results.
The feedback from 5,000 nonprofit employees from this year’s participating organizations gives employers a critical snapshot of what it takes to create a great workplace. We feature a few of those, and I wish we could have put the spotlight on every one of the remarkable 100 on the list.
With the debut of the 100 Best Nonprofits, Oregon Business has expanded its 100 Best franchise to three projects. Which brings us to the 100 Best Companies: It’s time to sign up. Entering either the 100 Best Companies or 100 Best Nonprofits survey also qualifies you to be ranked in our 100 Best Green workplaces, which we reveal in June.
If you haven’t participated in the 100 Best survey, now’s your chance. Even though the economy is still struggling, and your company might be, too, now’s the best time to find out what your employees think, and what you can do to keep the best and brightest on your team.
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Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy. “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”
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Friday, May 22, 2015
BY HANNAH WALLACE
Travelers have always come to Oregon for its natural beauty. But will the increasing popularity of agritourism, European-style hiking getaways and forest resorts relax Oregon's notoriously strict land-use laws?
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One year after he was appointed chair of the Portland Development Commission, Tom Kelly talks about PDC's longevity, Neil Kelly's comeback and his new role as Portlandia's landlord.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
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