The List: 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon

SMALL ORGANIZATIONS

FEWER THAN 20 OREGON EMPLOYEES

JUMP TO: Largemedium organizations

1. Sustainable Northwest | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 11

Overall score: 541.23 

2. Oregon Environmental Council | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 19

Overall score: 531.17 

3. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 15

Overall score: 509.05 

4. Western Rivers Conservancy | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 12

Overall score: 506.73 

5. Bonneville Environmental Foundation | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 14

Overall score: 506.30 

6. NTEN | Portland

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The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network launched in 2000 to help nonprofits with their basic technology needs. Since then it has broadened its mission as technology has spread across all aspects of nonprofit organizations, impacting marketing, program, fundraising and other functions. NTEN has grown into a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who share the goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.

NTEN’s workplace culture is influenced by the ever-changing nature of technology, which requires it to be responsive to new ideas, innovations and market changes. “We aren’t beholden to a tool, process or program simply because we’ve done it before, but always look for opportunities to evaluate what is needed now, how best to serve the community and how to be as effective as we can in creating value,” says CEO Amy Sample Ward.

This flexibility toward workplace culture is reflected in how the organization engages its employees. Ward says her real challenge comes with recognizing that participation in workplace culture means and looks different for each staff person. “It is important to recognize and respect that staff culture isn’t something to decide on and then implement. Keeping that in mind allows us to be realistic and purposeful in our continued efforts to improve.”

Oregon employees/volunteers: 11

Overall score: 504.39 

7. Family Relief Nursery | Cottage Grove

Oregon employees/volunteers: 16

Overall score: 502.29 

8. Coyote Trails School of Nature & Nature Center | Medford

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 501.52 

9. Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 13

Overall score: 501.18 

10. HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence | The Dalles

Oregon employees/volunteers: 12

Overall score: 500.90 

11. BRING Recycling | Eugene

Oregon employees/volunteers: 15

Overall score: 496.51 

12. Bend Area Habitat for Humanity | Bend

Oregon employees/volunteers: 18

Overall score: 495.31 

13. The Climate Trust | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 11

Overall score: 494.61 

14. Growing Gardens | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 15

Overall score: 494.17 

15. Galt Foundation | Salem

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 493.68 

16. Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 13

Overall score: 493.34 

17. Greater Portland Inc. | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 11

Overall score: 493.05 

18. Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 15

Overall score: 492.65 

19. Centro Latino Americano | Eugene

Oregon employees/volunteers: 17

Overall score: 492.11 

20. Willamette West Habitat for Humanity | Hillsboro

Oregon employees/volunteers: 8

Overall score: 489.00 

21. Friends of the Columbia Gorge | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 17

Overall score: 488.35 

22. Western Energy Institute | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 16

Overall score: 486.50 

23. Innovative Housing | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 12

Overall score: 486.31 

24. Oregon Humanities | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 485.79 

25. Travel Salem | Salem

Oregon employees/volunteers: 12

Overall score: 484.92 

26. Community Energy Project | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 482.76 

27. Christians As Family Advocates | Eugene

Oregon employees/volunteers: 18

Overall score: 481.02 

28. Caldera | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 19

Overall score: 480.26 

29. Saturday Academy | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 19

Overall score: 479.91 

30. ROSE Community Development | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 479.64 

31. Oregon Public Health Institute | Portland

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OPHI has a small staff and a big mission: to promote a sustainable public health agenda through advocacy and research support. The nonprofit works with schools, employers and public agencies to bring about a range of policy changes, from improved student lunches to creation of farmers markets and more pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods.

OPHI employs only eight full time workers, and each one wears many hats, says communications coordinator Karli Thorstenson. “We have our nose to the grindstone, but you have to be flexible, easygoing.” To promote work-life balance, OPHI offers perks like in house yoga and happy hours, subsidized by a team-building stipend from the board of directors.

OPHI decided to participate in the 100 Best survey for the first time this year after reading through the 2014 list. “We thought: ‘Oh, we’re a great place to work!’” Thorstenson says. Landing a spot on the 100 Best list helps recruit and retain employees, she adds. “We are trying to grow. We are very proud of what we do, and we want people to know about it.”

Oregon employees/volunteers: 10

Overall score: 471.07 

32. Portland Women’s Crisis Line | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 13

Overall score: 469.04 

33. Portland Homeless Family Solutions | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 15

Overall score: 467.40

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Kim Moore is the editor for Oregon Business magazine.

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