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2012 100 Best Nonprofits announced

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Robin Doussard
Friday, September 28, 2012

Above: An overview of the event.
Below: Keynote speaker Max Williams.
// Photos by Sierra Breshears

Oregon Business
magazine has named the fourth annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon. The rankings were revealed Thursday night at the Portland Downtown Hilton, along with the October issue of the magazine, which spotlights the winners and the nonprofit sector. Max Williams, president and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, gave the keynote speech to the crowd of 500.
Nearly 5,000 employees at 169 nonprofits throughout the state participated in the project. Based on the magazine’s widely regarded 100 Best Companies project, the nonprofit version was created to recognize a critical business sector that employs hundreds of thousands of workers.
“We realize nonprofits see themselves as very different from other businesses, but we also believe they have one thing very much in common: caring about their employees,” said Oregon Business Editor in Chief Robin Doussard. “So we created a workplace best-practices project just for them. We wanted nonprofits to have the insight into their workforce that the corporate world has come to value over the years.”

1: Life Flight Network, Aurora
2: Oregon Research Institute, Eugene
3: Oregon Gymnastics Academy, Beaverton

1: Full Access, Eugene
2: Northwest Housing Alternatives, Milwaukie
3: Sponsors, Eugene

1: Oregon Environmental Council, Portland
2: Coquille Indian Housing Authority, Coos Bay
3: Aim High Academy of Martial Arts, Beaverton
4: Western Rivers Conservancy, Portland

Any not-for-profit or nonprofit organization with more than 10 Oregon employees and /or volunteers was eligible. Those who entered included a wide range of charitable nonprofits that help children, animals, breast cancer victims and many more; business associations; faith-based groups; government entities, and civic organizations.

There was no cost to enter the survey, which was comprised of an anonymous employee survey and an employer benefits survey administered by research partners DHM Research and Oregon Business research editor, Brandon Sawyer. The Nonprofit Association of Oregon consulted on the creation of the survey questions.

The 5,000 employees who participated in the 100 Best Nonprofits survey ranked satisfaction and importance of workplace qualities in six categories: benefits and compensation; work environment; decision-making and trust; performance management; career development and learning; and sustainable workplace practices.

The sign up for the 2013 100 Best Companies survey is now under way. For more information and to register, go to Oregon100Best.com.



Number 1 Large Nonprofit: Life Flight Network
Number 1 Medium Nonprofit: Full Access
Number 1 Small Nonprofit: Oregon Environmental Council
// Photos by Sierra Breshears


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