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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, September 28, 2015
BY DAN COOK
Eastern Oregon marketers refocus rural assets through an urban lens.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Striving for social equity is the mission of many nonprofits, and this year’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey shows employees are most satisfied with their organizations’ fair treatment of differing racial, gender, disability, age and economic groups. But as a national discourse about racial discrimination and equity for low-income groups takes center stage, data show Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For still need to make progress on addressing these issues within their own organizations.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
BY GREGG LEWIS | OP-ED
The issue of green-washing remains a significant challenge to those of us who would like to see the building sector in this country do more than make unverifiable claims of sustainability. Transparency about the impacts of a given material is the only way to allow designers to make intelligent choices when selecting building products.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA WESTON
In 1996, after a 17-year career in the destination marketing industry, where I gained national standing as the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County, I was recruited by the founders of a new professional basketball league for women. The American Basketball League (ABL) hoped to leverage the success of the 1996 USA women’s national team at the Atlanta Olympics — much like USA Soccer is now leveraging the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory in the World Cup. The ABL wanted a team in Portland, and they wanted me to be its general manager.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE | ART DIRECTOR
Friday, August 21, 2015
Renee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ben Kaiser holds his ground.
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