Valley, Maps Listed Among 100 Best Non-Profits to Work For in Oregon

Valley Credit Union and Maps Credit Union have been named two of 2012’s “100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business Magazine, which published its fourth-annual list late last month.

This year marks the third year in a row that Valley has been named to the list while Maps makes its first appearance. The rankings are based on the confidential input of each organization’s employees on questions about workplace satisfaction such as benefits, management, trust, work environment and career development.

“While products and services are important, our employees and the service they provide to our members are essential to our success,” said Valley President and CEO Jean Wheat-Palm. “This recognition not only reflects the hard work of our employees, but the positive work environment we have created here at Valley.”

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), a federal credit union headquartered in Alexandria, Va., also checked in at No. 26 on the list of large non-profits. The credit union operates a call center in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon Business Magazine is a locally owned statewide business publication founded in 1981. For the past three years, it has been named one of the best small-business publications in the nation by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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 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.”

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.


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