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The 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon 2014

BY KIM MOORE

Proud, diverse and underpaid.

Pride in their organizations’ mission, fairness in the treatment of women and ethnic minorities, flexible work schedules — these are just a handful of workplace characteristics that employees of this year’s 100 Best Nonprofits appreciate about their organizations.

BY KIM MOORE

Pride in their organizations’ mission, fairness in the treatment of women and ethnic minorities, flexible work schedules  —  these are just a handful of workplace characteristics that employees of this year’s 100 Best Nonprofits appreciate about their organizations. But not all is smooth sailing for the 100 Best. Staffers have low satisfaction rates for pay and benefits, as well as opportunities for promotion and training.

More than 180 nonprofits and approximately 5,500 employees took part this year in Oregon Business magazine’s sixth annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey. Participants came from a wide variety of sectors, including environmental, social service and education.

Results of the survey show employees of nonprofits have high average rates of pride and belief in their organizations’ missions, and they rate highly their workplaces’ progress in achieving their goals and purpose. “Staff and volunteers believe in and work toward accomplishing the mission in a fun, energized and creative culture,” says a staffer.

Nonprofits also do better than other sectors at providing equal opportunities to women and minorities. One of the highest average satisfaction rates employees gave their organizations was in the fair treatment of differing racial, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and economic groups. On average, more than 60% of the 100 Best Nonprofits employ women in senior management roles — an above average rate compared with for-profit private and public companies.

The 100 Best Nonprofits are good places to work if you have a young family or obligations that require flexible work schedules. Employees of the 100 Best show a high average satisfaction rate for their workplaces’ flexibility in allowing employees to balance family, community and job obligations. “I have greatly appreciated the flexibility that has been offered when I have needed to prioritize parenting responsibilities,” one employee says.

The survey shows nonprofits lag behind on providing adequate benefits and compensation. Employees show a low average satisfaction rate for their organizations’ willingness to provide pay increases and benefits. Employees are less content with opportunities for promotion and training, as well as rewards and acknowledgement for making progress in their jobs. “I would like to see more opportunities for staff to receive raises to reward their hard work. I believe it would greatly impact retention in the work they do,” says an employee.

The 100 Best Nonprofits may do a good job at fulfilling their purpose and mission, but employees, unsurprisingly, also care about salary, benefits and opportunities to advance within their organizations.


 

 
LARGE ORGANIZATIONS (50 OR MORE OREGON EMPLOYEES)
Rank 2014
Rank 2013
Organization name
City
EMPs OR / total
Overall score
Description
1
NR The Nature Conservancy Portland 76 513.93 Advances conservation around the world in 35 countries
2
NR Rogue Credit Union Medford 311 509.29 Credit union and financial services
3
NR Energy Trust of Oregon Portland 98 507.03 Energy efficiency and renewable energy developer, serving Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas
4
2 Life Flight Network Aurora 200 504.27 Emergency air medical service
5
1 Our House Portland 57 502.47 Provides health, housing and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS
6
10 Ride Connection Portland 60 495.12 Provides transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities
7
7 B'nai B'rith Camp Beaverton 113 490.57 Overnight summer camp
8
6 Maps Credit Union Salem 195 490.12 Financial services to members
9
29 Childpeace Montessori Portland 56 486.96 Provides a Montessori education for toddlers through adolescents
10
5 REACH Community Development Inc. Portland 125 486.11 Affordable and low income housing developer and manager
11
NR Nursingale for the Medically Fragile Portland 70 483.19 Home-based nursing care for medically fragile children and young adults
12
NR Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Klamath Falls 50 479.35 Financial services for credit union members
13
3 Emerald People's Utility District Eugene 68 479.09 Public utility that provides electricity and internet services to the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area
14
30 OCHIN Portland 190 476.54 Provides health IT solutions to improve the integration and delivery of healthcare services across a variety of practices
15
34 Pentagon Federal Credit Union Eugene 400 476.52 Credit union
16
NR Pathway Enterprises Medford 140 474.55 Services for people with disabilities
17
NR FOOD for Lane County Eugene 59 471.62 Food bank dedicated to alleviating hunger by creating access to food
18
13 Family Building Blocks Salem 85 468.82 Relief nursery for children 6 weeks to 5 years
19
17 Community Vision, Inc. Portland 225 468.54 Services for individuals with disabilties, including supported living, home ownership and asset building
20
  NR Boys & Girls Aid Portland 114 468.28 Adoption, foster care, foster care adoption, residential facilities for at-risk teens and young adults
21
18 Cascade Health Solutions Eugene 150 462.52 Occupational medicine, home health, hospice, community wellness
22
35 Transition Projects, Inc. Portland 115 462.33 Services to move people from homelessness to housing
23
NR Abilitree Bend 50 459.14 Services for people with disabilities, including peer counseling, independent skills training, advocacy, community inclusion and employment
24
14 United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington Portland 134 458.85 Intellectual and developmental disability advocate and service provider
25
33 Northwest Family Services Portland 62 458.81 Provides services that reduce poverty, including youth programs, professional counseling, couple’s classes, parenting, money management, job readiness and placement
26
NR OHSU Foundation Portland 115 458.03 Raises, manages, and distributes philanthropic support for OHSU.
27
32 NeighborImpact Redmond 190 453.85 Provides emergency services, preschool education, homeownership support to residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties
28
19 Outside In Portland 135 451.48 Provides services to homeless youth
29
47 Rose Villa Portland 125 449.25 Continuing care retirement community
30
NR Kids & Company of Linn County Lebanon 144 448.02 Comprehensive child development program that serves both the child and family
31
31 ColumbiaCare Services Inc. Medford 340 445.52 Residential and mental health services
32
NR Willamette Family Inc Eugene 179 444.32 Substance abuse treatment, mental health, child development, medical clinic
33
NR Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Portland 150 442.85 Provides services to immigrants and refugees, including training and employment, health and aging, English language learning, naturalization and social adjustment



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MEDIUM ORGANIZATIONS (20-49 OREGON EMPLOYEES)
Rank 2014
Rank 2013
Organization name
City
EMPs OR / total
Overall score
Description
1
10 "I Have a Dream" Oregon Portland 20 517.93 Helps low income students succeed in school, college and career
2
8 Saving Grace Bend 25 504.48 Domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention agency
3
NR Cascades Academy Bend 36 501.09 PK-12 independent school
4
17 Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Portland 21 498.66 Screens, treats, saves, and restores sight and hearing to prevent blindness and deafness
TIE 5
NR Bark Portland 29 495.37 Promotes preservation and restoration of Mt. Hood National Forest
TIE 5
1 Playworks Pacific Northwest Portland 21 495.37 Promotes a school environment where kids thrive and have more positive opportunities for engagement
7
30 CASA of Oregon Sherwood 20 492.63 Helps local direct-service organizations improve the lives of Oregonians, particularly in the rural areas of the state
8
NR Trailhead Credit Union Portland 24 491.40 Credit union
9
3 Sponsors, Inc. Eugene 32 490.87 Prisoner reentry services
10
2 Aim High Academy of Martial Arts, Inc. Beaverton 26 487.32 Martial arts instruction, leadership training, community benefit
11
19 The Wallace Medical Concern Portland 35 486.48 Primary, urgent and specialty care for low-income families and those with barriers to healthcare
12
NR The Xerces Society Portland 21 484.52 Conserves invertebrates and their habitat through advocacy, education, and applied research
13
27 Rural Development Initiatives, Inc Eugene 25 484.22 Builds leadership networks and communities by working in the areas of leadership development and rural economic vitality
14
NR Inclusion Inc Portland 21 483.45 Case management services for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabiliites
15
5 Willamette University MBA - Atkinson Graduate School of Management Salem 41 482.87 Graduate management program, including MBA and non-degree options
16
12 Care Partners Hillsboro 49 481.22 Hospice home health and palliative healthcare
17
9 HIV Alliance Eugene 43 476.18 Provides case management for HIV positive people, and prevention and education services to prevent future infections
18
22 SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Portland 31 476.07 Engages community volunteers across Oregon to read one-on-one with pre-k through 3rd-grade children
19
17 Our United Villages Portland 33 472.93 Provides free tools and resources to assist people who seek pathways to achieve more vibrant, resilient and equitable communities
20
32 Lines for Life Portland 30 472.02 24-hour crisis intervention and referral services in the areas of alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide
21
25 The Freshwater Trust Portland 40 471.66 Works to preserve rivers
22
13 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington Portland 25 471.38 Provides a home-away-from-home to families of seriously ill children, and support initiatives to improve pediatric health
23
16 BRING Recycling Eugene 21 469.41 Education and resale of used building and industrial materials
24
31 Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. Portland 30 469.38 Affordable housing and associated services
25
NR Verde Portland 21 466.67 Builds environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy
26
15 Adelante Mujeres Forest Grove 25 462.61 Provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families
27
NR Lan Su Chinese Garden Portland 22 462.07 Public Chinese garden
28
7 Ashland Supportive Housing Ashland 32 457.64 Provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 24-hour residential, respite and in-home services
29
6 Earth Advantage Portland 24 456.52 Provides knowledge to building professionals and information to consumers through certification, research, education, and product development to move the building industry towards more sustainable practices
30
37 National Indian Child Welfare Association Portland 23 453.99 Provides information on American Indian child welfare with a focus on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect
31
38 NW Preferred Federal Credit Union Tigard 34 452.52 Federal credit union for people in the insurance industry
32
18 Humane Society of Central Oregon Bend 37 452.51 Cares for abandoned, stray, neglected, surrendered and abused animals and places adoptable animals in homes
33
NR Friends of Trees Portland 23 448.67 Brings people in the Northwest together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces



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SMALL ORGANIZATIONS (FEWER THAN 20 OREGON EMPLOYEES)
Rank 2014
Rank 2013
Organization name
City
EMPs OR / total
Overall score
Description
1
1 Oregon Environmental Council Portland 19 532.40 Advances innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon's environmental challenges
2
NR Portland State University Business Outreach Program Portland 10 526.57 Provides business consulting services to small businesses in Portland; offers PSU business students opportunities for community-based learning
3
2 Western Rivers Conservancy Portland 12 525.33 Protects the West’s rivers by purchasing land along them for the sake of fish, wildlife and people
4
NR Los Niños Cuentan Inc. Clackamas 15 517.77 Supports Latino families impacted by domestic and sexual violence
5
16 Western Energy Institute Portland 14 516.20 Educational and networking programs for energy professionals
6
NR Oregon's Health CO-OP Portland 12 514.16 Consumer oriented and operated private health insurance plan
7
NR Oregon Patient Safety Commission Portland 13 508.39 Works to reduce the incidence of healthcare related adverse events and improve the culture of patient safety
8
3 Galt Foundation Salem 10 504.54 Temporary staffing for individuals with disabilities
9
6 Sustainable Northwest Portland 12 504.29 Creates innovative solutions for healthy landscapes and vibrant communities
10
5 Portland Homeless Family Solutions Portland 14 502.31 Provides emergency shelter to homeless families with children; helps families get back into permanent housing
11
NR Independence Northwest Portland 15 499.05 Offers case management and resource referral to adults with developmental disabilities
12
NR Innovative Housing, Inc. Portland 10 497.41 Develops and operates affordable housing with services
13
25 Oregon Wild Portland 13 497.34 Protects and restores Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters
14
22 ROSE Community Development Portland 8 496.11 Provides affordable housing
15
15 Portland Women's Crisis Line Portland 12 495.77 Provides support serviecs and education for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
16
NR College Possible Gresham 11 494.15 Makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support
17
7 Family Relief Nursery - Cottage Grove Cottage Grove 16 490.88 Comprehensive child abuse prevention and family strengthening services
18
9 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Portland 19 490.58 Recruits, places and supports Jesuit volunteers with social services, health, education, and environmental service partner agencies in the Pacific Northwest
19
21 Elders in Action Portland 8 490.34 Works to create a vibrant community for all ages throughout the greater Portland area
20
NR Make-A-Wish Oregon Portland 15 488.12 Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
21
NR Umpqua Training & Employment, Inc. Roseburg 10 487.75 Provides/promotes job training, employment opportunities and related services
22
43 Oregon Humanities Portland 10 487.56 Runs statewide programs bringing Oregonians together to connect and build community
23
NR Oregon Zoo Foundation Portland 18 486.72 Foundation supporting the Oregon Zoo
24
34 Centro Latino Americano Eugene 13 483.74 Provides social services, facilitates access to community services, and advocates for fair treatment of the Latino community in Lane County
25
NR Columbia Land Trust Portland 10 482.75 Conserves and cares for wetlands and oak woodlands
26
10 Friends of Zenger Farm Portland 12 482.35 Working farm in the heart of the city that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, and community development
27
13 Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center Portland 10 481.47 Provides domestic violence and sexual assault services to Americans living and traveling overseas
28
NR Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service Salem 13 481.36 Advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking
29
NR Fair Housing Council of Oregon Portland 13 481.01 Promotes and protects fair housing rights for Oregonians
30
NR The Climate Trust Portland 10 479.20 Works to accelerate project implementation, develop financing solutions, and establish a supportive policy environment in the renewable energy, agriculture, forestry and energy efficiency sectors
31
33 Growing Gardens Portland 8 479.14 Helps people grow their own food in urban backyards and schoolyards
32
31 The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center Portland 17 478.54 Provides compassionate and professional mental health services to all, regardless of faith or finances
33
NR Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver Inc. Portland 4 478.48 Provides immediate emotional and practical support to families and friends of a traumatic event or crisis
34
27 Bonneville Environmental Foundation Portland 14 477.36 Offers a suite of energy, carbon and water solutions designed to help partners minimize their impact on the planet



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Kim Moore

Kim Moore is the editor for Oregon Business magazine.

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