The List: 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon

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20 TO 49 OREGON EMPLOYEES

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1. Our House | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 38

Overall score: 518.52 

2. College Possible | Gresham

Oregon employees/volunteers: 20

Overall score: 501.66 

3. Willamette University MBA | Salem

Oregon employees/volunteers: 40

Overall score: 498.40 

4. Saving Grace | Bend

Oregon employees/volunteers: 24

Overall score: 496.31 

5. CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington & Columbia Counties | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 23

Overall score: 496.19 

6. Community and Shelter Assistance | Sherwood

Oregon employees/volunteers: 24

Overall score: 495.97 

7. Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 28

Overall score: 489.22 

8. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 29

Overall score: 488.15 

9. Portland YouthBuilders | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 24

Overall score: 486.96 

10. Rural Development Initiatives | Eugene

Oregon employees/volunteers: 29

Overall score: 485.69 

11. Trailhead Credit Union | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 26

Overall score: 482.07 

12. Raphael House of Portland | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 29

Overall score: 479.68 

13. SMART | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 35

Overall score: 479.61 

14. American Cancer Society | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 45

Overall score: 477.73 

15. Travel Oregon | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 35

Overall score: 475.69 

16. The Freshwater Trust | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 45

Overall score: 474.79 

17. Adelante Mujeres | Forest Grove

Oregon employees/volunteers: 25

Overall score: 473.28 

18. Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 21

Overall score: 470.79 

19. Lines for Life | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 29

Overall score: 470.12 

20. Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 20

Overall score: 463.68 

21. Inclusion | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 22

Overall score: 458.90 

22. Friends of Trees | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 21

Overall score: 457.30

23. HIV Alliance | Eugene

Oregon employees/volunteers: 36

Overall score: 457.28 

24. College Housing Northwest | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 42

Overall score: 455.30 

25. Youth Music Project | West Linn

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A collaborative and staff-oriented culture is what Rachael Bany, executive director of Youth Music Project, strives for at this recently established nonprofit providing rock, pop and country music education. Founded in 2012, the organization offers music and art lessons, instrument use and sound -recording opportunities to young people.

Many of the organization’s staff members are in bands or orchestras and work part-time at the nonprofit, based in West Linn. Two staffers are with the Portland Opera. Employees support each other by going to see each other perform at music venues. “We are really supportive,” says Bany. “A lot of people are super busy. If somebody is playing at the Doug Fir, we try to see them.”

The organization keeps staff engaged by fostering a culture where everyone is willing to step in and help. “All our teachers and equipment are in one central location. It is easy to check in [with staff] and say ‘hi,’” says Bany. The nonprofit also holds social events outside of work, such as Christmas parties or pool parties.

Youth Music Project took part in the survey for the first time this year because it felt it was a good way to get transparent and honest responses from its staff about its workplace, says Bany.

Oregon employees/volunteers: 36

Overall score: 451.90 

26. NW Preferred Federal Credit Union | Tigard

Oregon employees/volunteers: 35

Overall score: 444.82 

27. Humane Society of Central Oregon | Bend

Oregon employees/volunteers: 40

Overall score: 438.17 

28. Tucker Maxon School | Portland

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Glen Gilbert, executive director of the Tucker Maxon School, a program for deaf and hearing kids, says the school registered for the survey this year because it is “a great motivator for management and the board.” The survey scores let the team identify workplace strengths and weaknesses “so we know we’re doing everything we can to retain employees.”

At Tucker Maxon, the overarching workplace theme is family. “But there are a lot of dysfunctional families out there,” says Gilbert. “The question became: ‘How do you create a functional family, especially an extended family?’” Staff bonding initiatives were part of the solution. This year, for example, school employees attended an off-site retreat in wine country, where they spent the day wine tasting and participating in team-building activities.

Oregon employees/volunteers: 32

Overall score: 436.58 

29. Oregon’s Health CO-OP | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 25

Overall score: 434.19 

30. Cat Adoption Team | Sherwood

Oregon employees/volunteers: 25

Overall score: 433.30 

31. Community Warehouse | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 21

Overall score: 432.48 

32. Cascades Academy | Bend

Oregon employees/volunteers: 37

Overall score: 432.17 

33. Joy Central | Portland

Oregon employees/volunteers: 47

Overall score: 431.25

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Kim Moore

Kim Moore is the editor for Oregon Business magazine.

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