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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.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Greg Lambert, president of Mid Oregon Personnel Services.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We asked readers how Obamacare has impacted their business.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The state’s angel investing fund gets hammered in Salem.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Chris Maples, president of the Oregon Institute of Technology.
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Yesterday, a divided National Labor Relations Board dropped another hammer on the employer community. In a long-awaited and much debated move, the Board jettisoned the decades old standard for determining when two independent businesses should be considered joint employers of an individual worker for collective bargaining purposes.
Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.