100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon, 2021 list

Featured 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon, 2021 list

Welcome to the 2021 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon.


The following list showcases organizations with best-in-class workplace practices, based on surveys sent to employees themselves.

Scores are out of a total of 700. Employees rate their satisfaction with five features of the workplace: work environment; management and communications; mission and goals; career development and learning; and benefits and compensation.

Participating nonprofits are also independently scored based on the benefits they provide and the percentage of employees who took the survey. You can find more information about our methodology here.   

Congratulations to all the nonprofits that made it into the list this year.

The OBM Team

A word from our presenting sponsor

Congratulations from our partners at The Nonprofit Association of Oregon

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1. Urban League of Portland

Location: Portland
Website: ulpdx.org
Oregon employees: 79 | Score: 616.75

Employees of this African American civil rights and advocacy organization praise higher education and professional development opportunities, and management that goes above and beyond to support workers. “I honestly cannot think of anything I would like to improve,” says one worker.


2. Rainbow Adult Living

Location: Portland
Website: rainbowadultliving.org
Oregon employees: 52 | Score: 601.38

This organization, which supports adults with developmental disabilities, rewards staff with social events, great pay and development opportunities. “Pay and benefits are very good. They have gone out of their way to make me comfortable on the job,” says one worker.


3. Adelante Mujeres

Location: Forest Grove
Website: adelantemujeres.org
Oregon employees: 85 | Score: 591.35

Mental health days, independent projects, professional development training and a racial justice task force are all reasons to work at this Latina advocacy organization. “The fact that we are Latina-led and female-led is very important to me. I feel that we accurately represent the community we serve,” says one employee.


4. Cascades Academy

Location: Bend
Website: cascadesacademy.org
Oregon employees: 52 | Score: 588.06

On-campus yoga, a positive and supportive culture and a focus on reducing their carbon footprint are reasons staff love their jobs at this private K-12 school. One worker says: “I feel like my best professional self here, feel proud to call [Cascades Academy] my employer and to be a part of this community at large.”


5. Baker Charter Schools

Location: Baker City
Website: bakercharters.org
Oregon employees: 169 | Score: 584.88

This online school offers flexible work-from-home schedules and at worksites throughout the state. The majority of employees receive a paycheck during summer break. “I especially appreciate the flexibility that BCS offers its employees. I find it important when maintaining my personal health and the health of my family,” says one worker.


6. Summit Learning Charter

Location: Eagle Creek
Website: summitlearningcharter.org
Oregon employees: 50 | Score: 584.42

This charter school created COVID-19 stipends for employees for self-care and child care. They offer flexible work schedules and paid time off. “SLC truly cares about their employees and will make changes as they hear what their employees want,” says one employee.

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Successful outcomes for ALL learners is our goal and that starts with building a culture of support and teamwork within our organization. Summit Learning Charter is proud of our role as leaders in Oregon for virtual education.


7. Emerald People’s Utility District

Location: Eugene
Website: epud.org
Oregon employees: 81 | Score: 583.88

“The people, pay and benefits, and contribution to our community” are reasons one employee gives for loving their job at this publicly owned utility company, which provides power to 21,000 customers in rural Lane County.


8. Centro Cultural de Washington County

Location: Cornelius
Website: centrocultural.org
Oregon employees: 54 | Score: 582.73

“Centro is an organization that embraces people where they’re at — including our staff — and finds ways to build leadership and professional skills,” says one employee of this Cornelius cultural center. “Centro has given me a platform to grow as a professional and to realize a vision for the kind of organization we can be.”

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9. The DPI Group

Location: Portland
Website: thedpigroup.com
Oregon employees: 66 | Score: 581.47

This staffing agency offers “responsible time off.” This means that if an employee needs to take time for vacation, sick time or family leave, they do not have to debit those hours or days against an accrued bank of time. One employee praised the forward-thinking management.


10. Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon

Location: Portland
Website: mhaoforegon.org
Oregon employees: 68 | Score: 581.46

While many employers have struggled to hire, this mental health group doubled its staff. “My organization does an amazing job at supporting professional development!” says one worker. “There is funding available to every employee….There is a culture of appreciation and leadership practices internal hiring whenever possible.”

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11. Energy Trust of Oregon

Location: Portland
Website: energytrust.org
Oregon employees: 115 | Score: 581.39

The energy group is currently assessing a hybrid flexible working model for staff. “The level of compassion and flexibility shown for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic has been phenomenal, and I wouldn’t expect to find it at most other organizations,” says one employee. “Senior and executive management is also very transparent in communications and decision-making.”

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12. Oregon Supported Living Program

Location: Eugene
Website: oslp.org
Oregon employees: 190 | Score: 581.24

This supportive-living organization for adults with developmental disabilities is an inclusive place that encourages diversity. “They’ve been great accommodating me as I’ve needed to work from home so I could provide child care and home school for my daughter,” says one employee. “I’m so grateful for that flexibility and support,” says another.


13. Rogue Retreat

Location: Medford
Website: rogueretreat.com
Oregon employees: 62 | Score: 581.19

Management at this emergency shelter and transitional housing organization encourage self-care days and show an exceptional commitment to transparency, on top of offering full benefits, staff members say. “Monthly company-wide  meetings give a sense of belonging and unity,” says one employee. “Overall, a great work environment that is welcoming, fun and encouraging. Lots of opportunities for growth.”


14. Self Enhancement

Location: Portland
Website: selfenhancement.org
Oregon employees: 150 | Score: 580.67

A generous benefits package, accrued time off and a management that works hard to support staff are all reasons to work for this support organization for Black youth. One employee cites “tons of upper management support and training” as reasons to love their job. “Self Enhancement is the heart and soul of our community,” says another.


15. Care Partners

Location: Hillsboro
Website: carepartnersor.org
Oregon employees: 50 | Score: 580.23

Learning opportunities, inspirational speakers at weekly meetings, 403(b) plans with employer matching and an employee health advocate to help workers find health care are all reasons to love working for this organization, which provides hospice and palliative care services. “I am proud to work for Care Partners and be able to be an addition to a strong and fantastic team,” says one worker.


16. Rose Villa

Location: Portland
Website: rosevilla.org
Oregon employees: 170 | Score: 577.30

“The benefits at Rose Villa are unheard of,” says one employee of this senior living center. “The teamwork is awesome — the company does not have a hierarchical model. It’s more like a Ferrari — where every part is vital to make the car run smooth,” says another.


17. HIV Alliance

Location: Eugene
Website: hivalliance.org
Oregon employees: 104 | Score: 575.47

Leadership, supportive management and benefits are all reasons employees love HIV Alliance, which provides HIV care, prevention and education. “The leadership and compassion shown to clients on every level in the organization is outstanding,” says one employee. “Case management really does an amazing job.”


18. Portland State University Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: psuf.org
Oregon employees: 61 | Score: 575.07

Great benefits, flexibility and access to campus amenities — like the library and gym — make the PSU Foundation an outstanding place to work. “This is hands-down the brightest, most motivated, constructive and positive workplaces I have ever experienced.”

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19. Meals on Wheels People

Location: Portland
Website: mowp.org
Oregon employees: 114 | Score: 572.62

“A four-day workweek, flexible schedule and rewarding work” are reasons one employee gives for working for this organization, which delivers meals to homebound seniors. Employees say they feel particularly well supported during the pandemic, with “hero pay” and flexibility to help them care for their families. “The work-life balance is amazing, and this definitely leads to great performance and morale within the workplace.”

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20. Logos Public Charter School

Location: Medford
Website: logoscharter.com
Oregon employees: 83 | Score: 571.78

Flexible teacher schedules and job offerings based on teachers’ skill sets and passions are reasons employees go to work for this charter school. “The flexibility that is offered with jobs and job descriptions make the organization dynamic and fun while focusing on employee strengths,” says one teacher.

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21. Pathway Enterprises

Location: Medford
Website: pathway-inc.org
Oregon employees: 160 | Score: 569.35

Benefits at this organization that serves adults with disabilities include a company-paid health reimbursement arrangement, AFLAC supplemental insurance and memberships in Mercy Flights ambulance service. “Pathway supports employees, offers incredible benefits, lives and breathes their mission, and treats everyone like they are part of a family,” one employee writes. “Best place I have ever worked.”

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22. Bridgeway Recovery Services

Location: Salem
Website: bridgewayrecovery.com
Oregon employees: 112 | Score: 567.81

A culture of “trauma-informed care” supports employees of this gambling and substance abuse nonprofit. “This company is able to talk the talk and walk the walk. People who are hired, do well in their work and continue their education are recognized. Good benefits,” says one worker.

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23. Impact NW

Location: Portland
Website: impactnw.org
Oregon employees: 135 | Score: 563.53

Self-care days, mental health remote services at no cost and  special care during the pandemic are reasons employees love this nonprofit that provides social services with the aim of preventing homelessness. “They made sure we had what we needed to work from home. There is flexibility and understanding with management when it comes to schedules,” says one worker.


24. Partnerships in Community Living

Location: Monmouth
Website: pclpartnership.org
Oregon employees: 675 | Score: 562.11

Workers love the Annual Learning Institute company retreat as well as the personal and professional growth opportunities available at this social services organization for people with disabilities. “I have never worked at a company that cares so much about their employees and the people that they support,” says one employee.

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25. NeighborImpact

Location: Redmond
Website: neighborimpact.org
Oregon employees: 250 | Score: 559.09

This supporter of low-income communities in Central Oregon pays 100% of employees’ insurance premiums, installed in-office air purifiers for every workspace and paid hazard wages to employees working directly with the public after COVID hit. “They have supported me and encouraged me to grow in my position as well as supported me in furthering my education,” says one employee.


26. Exceed Enterprises

Location: Milwaukie
Website: exceedpdx.com
Oregon employees: 69 | Score: 559.05

A provider of vocational and personal development services for people with diverse abilities, Exceed covers the full cost of medical, dental, life and disability insurance with a generous time-off policy — as well as occasional access to the Adidas employee store. “Exceed has wonderful management! I love that family comes first, and the work-life balance is important,” says one worker.

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27. Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care

Location: Corvallis
Website: luminahospice.org
Oregon employees: 61 | Score: 558.21

“We have a great management team that cares for our staff and our patients,” says one employee of this hospice and palliative care organization, “followed by a strong and kind-hearted executive director who makes the best decisions possible for our organization.”

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28. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington

Location: Portland
Website: rmhcoregon.org
Oregon employees: 58 | Score: 556.26

This nonprofit provides services for families of ill and injured children and a host of benefits for staff: competitive pay, comprehensive health care plans, paid volunteer time, public transit passes and generous paid time off. “I love that I get to help others, while feeling so supported by my employer,” says one worker.


29. Mt. Ashland Association

Location: Ashland
Website: mtashland.com
Oregon employees: 119 | Score: 555.22

This nonprofit ski resort offers a plethora of perks for staff: free season passes, rentals, lessons and discounted tickets to affiliate resorts. Says one staffer: “Mt. Ashland Association is a great steward of the natural environment, which it relies upon for its existence. From solar energy to erosion control, the concern for sustainability is constant.”


30. Capital Manor

Location: Salem
Website: capitalmanor.com
Oregon employees: 251 | Score: 551.68

Employees at this Salem senior living community enjoy on-site workout equipment and a pool, wellness incentives and an emergency fund for employees who experience a financial crisis. They also pay for employees to take off their birthday as an additional holiday. “I am thankful and honored to be a part of Capital Manor,” says one worker.


31. Southern Oregon Aspire

Location: Grants Pass
Website: soaspire.org
Oregon employees: 140 | Score: 550.42

The organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities supports employees with 100% of medical and dental coverage, dollar for dollar matching up to 2.5% for employees in its 403(b) plan, and an extensive paid training program. “I am truly thankful that I work for a company that is willing and able to do as much as it possibly can for its staff and the people they support,” says one employee.

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32. Living Opportunities

Location: Medford
Website: livingopps.org
Oregon employees: 115 | Score: 547.10

“The work-life balance has always been great, but this year, through COVID, this organization has done so well trying to support all of its employees, keep their families safe and still come to work,” says one employee of this Medford-based organization that provides support for individuals with developmental disabilities. “Additionally, we had several staff affected by the wildfires, and their support for them was immeasurable.”


33. Cascade Health

Location: Eugene
Website: cascadehealth.org
Oregon employees: 239 | Score: 545.22

“I could honestly work here for the rest of my working days and be so thrilled to do it!” says one worker. The nonprofit, which provides community health services in Lane County, offers Aflac insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, bereavement pay, jury duty pay, free flu shots, tickets to a local Festival of Trees and an Employee Appreciation Day as well as offering recognition in the form of annual service awards.


34. Family Building Blocks

Location: Salem
Website: familybuildingblocks.org
Oregon employees: 106 | Score: 543.65

Workers love their jobs at this organization and children’s relief nursery dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in Marion and Polk counties. The nonprofit offers work-from-home options and incentives for those who receive their COVID vaccines, and survey respondents say they love coming to work. “FBB is a friendly, inclusive and supportive place to work,” says one worker. “The compensation is very competitive when compared to other nonprofits.”

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1. Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: olshf.org
Oregon employees: 29 | Score: 630.03

Workers love their jobs at this organization and children’s relief nursery dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in Marion and Polk counties. The nonprofit offers work-from-home options and incentives for those who receive their COVID vaccines, and survey respondents say they love coming to work. “FBB is a friendly, inclusive and supportive place to work,” says one worker. “The compensation is very competitive when compared to other nonprofits.”


2. Inclusion

Location: Portland
Website: inclusioninc.org
Oregon employees: 23 | Score: 628.81

Employees of this organization, which provides support services to adults with developmental disabilities, will find a wide array of benefits, including unlimited paid time off, 12 weeks of parental leave, full family medical coverage and a $150 monthly allowance for self-care needs. “Inclusion Inc. values its employees and makes sure the employees know and feel valued,” says one worker.

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3. Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: b-e-f.org
Oregon employees: 20 | Score: 624.14

Workers at this nonprofit praise the organization’s flexibility, the humility of its leadership and the compensation package. “It’s a people-powered organization that tries to make the most of every opportunity to achieve lasting energy, water and carbon solutions that benefit all people,” says one worker.


4. Creative Supports

Location: Medford
Website: creativesupports.org
Oregon employees: 25 | Score: 612.63

“Creative Supports is exceptional in how upper management works with all the staff,” says one employee of this organization dedicated to helping adults with disabilities. “We receive regular COLA increases, merit raises and bi-annual bonuses — which I have never received at any other nonprofit.”


5. Project Youth+

Location: Grants Pass
Website: projectyouthplus.org
Oregon employees: 33 | Score: 606.95

Project Youth+ works to prepare low-income and other underrepresented youth for school, careers and life. Workers praised its continued commitment to its mission despite the pandemic, as well as its support of its employees. “As a parent of young children, it is so amazing to work for an organization that understands the life-work balance. We are granted ample time off for vacation/sick time,” says one staffer.


6. Hearts With a Mission

Location: Medford
Website: heartswithamission.org
Oregon employees: 45 | Score: 600.84

Employees of this youth shelter love the supportive team environment, receptive management, and work-life balance. “I believe that everyone here understands that their contribution is valued and important. The work may be demanding and hard but this work saves lives and every life matters,” says one worker.


7. Klamath Hospice and Palliative Care

Location: Klamath Falls
Website: klamathhospice.org
Oregon employees: 35 | Score: 597.97

Workers at this health care nonprofit praised the benefits package, commitment to work-life balance and clearly communicated expectations. “The medical benefits are a huge piece, living in a small town, to get in-network services.”


8. Crater Lake Academy

Location: Eagle Point
Website: craterlakeacademy.org
Oregon employees: 26 | Score: 597.55

“We have an incredible team that continually strives for improvement,” says one worker at this Eagle Point charter school. “Crater Lake Academy is dedicated to the health, safety and happiness of its employees,” says another.


9. The Arc of Oregon

Location: Salem
Website: thearcoregon.org
Oregon employees: 21 | Score: 591.88

Employees are included in planning and decision-making at this nonprofit for people with intellectual and physical limitations. “There is strong support for work-life balance, encouragement and opportunities for professional development and career advancement. There is organizational emphasis on equity, social justice, inclusion, and advocacy,” says one worker.

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10. Raphael House of Portland

Location: Portland
Website: raphaelhouse.com
Oregon employees: 44 | Score: 588.93

Employees at this shelter for domestic violence survivors will find “an amazing team, with amazing benefits” including support for self-care, time off, family-centered policies and opportunities for professional development and growth. “This is an open and ongoing-learning work environment with great strides toward pay equity and livable wages.”


11. Youth 71Five Ministries

Location: Medford
Website: 71five.org
Oregon employees: 22 | Score: 587.24

This nonprofit provides mentoring, trade-schools training, after-school youth center clubs and summer camps for at-risk youth. Employees say the team is close-knit and dedicated to helping each other “often without a second thought,” says one worker. “Positive work environment. Great communication, culture and community,” says another.


12. Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon

Location: Portland
Website: mesopdx.org
Oregon employees: 20 | Score: 583.13

Workers say the culture values teamwork and that the staff mirrors the community it serves at this nonprofit offering financial and technical assistance to underserved small-business owners. “Managers are down to earth,” says one employee. “It is beautiful to see so much diversity in one place. Wish more organizations were like this.”


13. Parenting With Intent

Location: Portland
Website: parentingwithintent.org
Oregon employees: 32 | Score: 581.01

This youth services nonprofit offers in-house professional training and avenues for professional development. “It’s relationship-oriented, provides staff autonomy and schedule flexibility, which is very important. Moreover, the organization also gives staff an opportunity to implement or create ideas in the organization,” says one worker.


14. Growing Gardens

Location: Portland
Website: growing-gardens.org
Oregon employees: 27 | Score: 576.99

This nonprofit helps create gardens in schools, backyards and correctional facilities. After the pandemic hit, weekly lunches were replaced with farm field trips and walking meetings. All staff received an end-of-year bonus and pay for attending the company’s Undoing Racism training. One employee cites the “responsive and sensitive leadership, ethical conduct, flexibility and freedom, trust and respect among colleagues.”


15. Project Access NOW

Location: Portland
Website: projectaccessnow.org
Oregon employees: 34 | Score: 574.27

One employee says this health care access organization is a “great supporter of work and life balance.” Another praised the collaborative approach to decision-making. “The organization cares about us and our well-being, tries hard to recognize us for our hard work and overall has a great organizational culture, despite working from home,” says the employee.


16. Sponsors

Location: Eugene
Website: sponsorsinc.org
Oregon employees: 38 | Score: 572.68

This Eugene-based nonprofit offers a range of post-prison reentry services.Staff praise the organization’s medical benefits as well as its inclusive environment and culture of trust. “This is probably the only organization I have ever worked at where I felt like I could be honest about my beliefs and life,” says one employee.


17. Dogs for Better Lives

Location: Central Point
Website: dogsforbetterlives.org
Oregon employees: 28 | Score: 570.37

This nonprofit provides trained service dogs for people who need their help, and team members love the flexible work hours, generous benefits and supportive management. “Love the upper leadership team, they are so supportive in our lives away from work and at work,” says one staffer. Employees will find flexible work hours, generous benefits and two flex holidays per year.


18. Bethlehem Inn

Location: Bend
Website: bethleheminn.org
Oregon employees: 27 | Score: 567.98

Employees at this homeless shelter praised the extensive training they receive and the CEO. “Bethlehem Inn has an amazing leader with Gwenn Wysling,” says one staff member. “Her positive attitude trickles down the chain of command.”


19. New Buildings Institute

Location: Portland
Website: newbuildings.org
Oregon employees: 21 | Score: 565.86

This green-building advocacy group went 100% remote during the pandemic and offers generous benefits and paid professional development opportunities for staff. “NBI states its employees are its greatest asset, and they hold themselves to this in practice. There’s not a lot of turnover at NBI because of this,” one employee writes.


20. Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Location: Portland
Website: jvcnorthwest.org
Oregon employees: 23 | Score: 564.69

This organization places volunteers with nonprofits throughout the Northwest. “I personally appreciate the JVC NW values of community, social and ecological justice, spirituality and simple living,” says one employee. “They have been extremely open to assisting staff during this unusual year.”


21. Forth Mobility

Location: Portland
Website: forthmobility.org
Oregon employees: 23 | Score: 559.40

Forth Mobility employees work with cities and employers to advance smart transportation options like electric ride sharing. “The people that work at Forth are excellent!” one wrote. “My supervisor is phenomenal and both pushes me to do my best work and ensures that I’m prioritizing my health by not overworking. I have confidence in leadership to make competent decisions and factor in staff opinion regularly.”


22. Store to Door

Location: Portland
Website: storetodooroforegon.org
Oregon employees: 25 | Score: 559.29

Employees of this nonprofit, which delivers groceries to homebound seniors, are able to cultivate good work-life balance. Even before COVID, employees combined on-site and remote work to balance personal and professional lives. “Store to Door has a wonderful culture of commitment to the important work that we do,” says one worker.


23. Jackson Street Youth Services

Location: Corvallis
Website: jacksonstreet.org
Oregon employees: 40 | Score: 557.48

“The culture is inclusive and welcoming with flexible schedules for families and students,” writes a staffer of this nonprofit, which serves homeless youth. “Lots of growth has occurred in recent years, and the organization has worked hard to build capacity to sustain the growth.” The organization offers professional development opportunities and regular staff-recognition events.

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24. Klamath and Lake Community Action Services

Location: Klamath Falls
Website: klcas.org
Oregon employees: 22 | Score: 554.94

“The best thing about our organization is the fact that they are extremely flexible and lenient when it comes to our families and our health,” says one worker at this nonprofit, which provides energy assistance and family support, and aims to prevent homelessness in Klamath Falls. “The amount of support we are offered is unmatched.”

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25. Greenhill Humane Society

Location: Eugene
Website: green-hill.org
Oregon employees: 43 | Score: 551.96

This animal shelter offers pet care benefits to its animal-loving staff, including deep discount pricing on pet food and supplies — and at-cost medical care. “We all support each other and have the same goal in mind, to help the animals,” says one worker. “Our management team is always looking at ways to boost morale and better improve procedures here.”


26. Clackamas Women’s Services

Location: Oregon City
Website: cwsor.org
Oregon employees: 42 | Score: 545.80

In addition to benefits, competitive wages and a supportive workplace, the nonprofit offers employees the opportunity for professional growth as workers serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. “I appreciate the opportunities for training and leadership development, especially the racial equity training we are all currently engaged in,” says one worker.

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27. The Freshwater Trust

Location: Portland
Website: thefreshwatertrust.org
Oregon employees: 40 | Score: 542.57

Employees praise this environmental nonprofit’s benefits, flexibility and trust, which is demonstrated by allowing staff to work from home during the pandemic and providing an extra monthly stipend to pay for internet access. “I am impressed by the Freshwater Trust’s efforts to assist all employees in continuing our work safely and effectively during COVID-19,” says one worker.


28. College Housing Northwest

Location: Portland
Website: chnw.org
Oregon employees: 40 | Score: 539.73

College Housing Northwest provides below-market housing in Portland and Corvallis. “CHNW really cares about its employees. It doesn’t matter what position you’re in, if you have a message for the CEO, they will gladly accept it and want to meet with you,” says one employee. CHNW offers paid holidays and sick pay even to part-time staff.


29. Our House of Portland

Location: Portland
Website: ourhouseofportland.org
Oregon employees: 47 | Score: 537.35

Employees cite a warm, welcoming and creative work environment as reasons to love their nonprofit, which provides services to patients with HIV/AIDS. “There is so much genuine love and passion for our residents and staff. It truly feels like a sacred space,” says one worker.


30. CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties

Location: Portland
Website: casahelpskids.org
Oregon employees: 25 | Score: 535.65

This children’s advocacy nonprofit has a generous PTO policy and gives employees extra days off during the holiday season. “The flexible hours, remote working and keeping us safe all contribute to happy employees,” says one.

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31. Cat Adoption Team

Location: Sherwood
Website: catadoptionteam.org
Oregon employees: 38 | Score: 534.28

“Our staff members get to work with cats and kittens every day, which is a pretty amazing perk,” writes one worker. Cat lovers who land a job at this Sherwood organization can adopt a kitty for free after six months of employment, and receive discounts in the organization’s retail area, fundraising thrift store and veterinary hospital.


32. Oregon Community Warehouse

Location: Portland
Website: communitywarehouse.org
Oregon employees: 23 | Score: 533.45

This Portland-based nonprofit collects household goods for those who need them. It offers competitive pay and benefits and provides an open environment where company financials are discussed openly. “Leadership is always trying to find ways to celebrate employees and make them feel good and taken care of,” says one employee.


33. Tucker Maxon School

Location: Portland
Website: tuckermaxon.org
Oregon employees: 30 | Score: 531.74

The Tucker Maxon School educates deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and staff say it’s an exceptionally family-friendly place to work. The school offers working parents flexibility in their schedules to help with family responsibilities including school and child care drop-off and pick-up. “Leadership have done an amazing job keeping the energy up despite all of the challenges the year has presented,” says one worker.


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1. NTEN

Location: Portland
Website: nten.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 646.18

This tech nonprofit offers a dog-friendly workplace, competitive benefits and flexible work schedules. Parental leave is offered to parents of any gender, paid time off to vote and payroll advances are offered as needed, and it allows bereavement leave for those workers grieving a miscarriage. “During COVID I watched as former colleagues at different organizations weren’t offered any support working remotely. NTEN has done that and more!” says an employee.


2. TEAM Eugene Aquatics

Location: Eugene
Website: teameugene.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 636.55

Staff at this year-round youth swim team praise the company’s support for growing families, continuing education and professional growth opportunities. “Team Eugene provides a great working environment with an incredible staff,” says one employee. “Doesn’t feel like work, feels more like a hobby that I love,” says another.


3. Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Location: Oregon City
Website: clackamasworkforce.org
Oregon employees: 9 | Score: 626.93

“I have two children. Without CWP’s policies on ‘family first,’ I would have not survived the pandemic,” says one employee at this workforce development organization. “My small nonprofit did not waive the COVID relief funding, giving me the benefit to reduce my hours down to 25 but still receive my pay and benefits.” Workers also say they appreciate the opportunity to keep working remotely as the pandemic continues.


4. B’nai B’rith Camp

Location: Portland
Website: bbcamp.org
Oregon employees: 14 | Score: 625.03

“B’nai B’rith Camp has demonstrated itself as a leader in inclusion programming and has been nationally recognized in the field for our inclusive practices,” says one employee of this Jewish summer camp. “There is little internal politics, people care most about the strategic goals and not about their own opinions,” says another.


5. Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO)

Location: Portland
Website: ecologyoutdoors.org
Oregon employees: 6 | Score: 620.53

“We’ve risen to the challenges of the pandemic and continued to meet our community’s needs,” says one employee of this environment and education workshop. ECO offers flexible hours, telework and support for work-life balance by encouraging employees to build PTO into their individual work plans. By employee request, the company offered a furlough in July for extended holidays.


6. Western Energy Institute

Location: Portland
Website: westernenergy.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 619.24

Employees at this trade association for utility companies intentionally called each other during lockdown to ensure no one felt isolated. WEI allows employees to keep air miles from purchases on the company credit card. Before the pandemic, WEI hired chair massage services for employees. “WEI has provided a lot of great flexibility and support during the COVID crisis,” says one worker.


7. Bridge Meadows

Location: Portland
Website: bridgemeadows.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 617.82

Staff at this organization for youth who were previously in foster care cite flexibility, benefits, support from management, work-life balance and camaraderie among employees as reasons to love their job. “Everyone on the team is given the support they need — either personally or professionally — to do their best work and advance the mission,” says one worker.

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8. CASA of Lane County

Location: Springfield
Website: casa-lane.org
Oregon employees: 16 | Score: 617.28

The youth advocacy nonprofit provided new computers to remote employees when COVID-19 hit. One employee cites “flexible work hours that allow me to work around my children and family’s schedules” and supportive staff as benefits of working at the organization. Employees were sent “meeting kits” for Zoom gatherings to play the same game and eat the same treats.


9. CASA of Jackson County

Location: Medford
Website: jacksoncountycasa.org
Oregon employees: 18 | Score: 614.06

This nonprofit accommodates staff schedules for higher education, home and family needs, and remote work. Full-time staff are given every other Friday off, paid, and all employees participate in a roundtable each month to improve practice and inclusivity. “I appreciate the opportunities for training and leadership development, especially the racial-equity training,” says one employee.

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10. Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades

Location: Bend
Website: vim-cascades.org
Oregon employees: 14 | Score: 612.12

“What makes the organization great is the communication between everyone to run the clinic smoothly,” says one employee of this Bend clinic. Other workers applaud the strong leadership. “My supervisor Kat is a brilliant manager without being a micromanager. I love that!” says one staff member.

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11. CASA of Clackamas County

Location: Oregon City
Website: casa-cc.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 611.32

The package of benefits includes flexible scheduling and telework options. “The benefits, both emotionally and financially, that I get working for CASA have made it a truly wonderful job. I never leave work frustrated or angry, but rather usually with a smile on my face,” says one worker.


12. Rural Development Initiatives

Location: Coburg
Website: rdiinc.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 609.11

This economic development organization continues to adapt to current conditions with a “small but mighty” staff. RDI pays for AAA Plus membership along with a monthly stipend for the business use of personal technology, and 24 hours of paid volunteer time per year.


13. Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Location: Portland
Website: constructinghope.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 607.58

This training center encourages staff self-sufficiency through skills training. “Employees are treated as people first, and given a great deal of flexibility around family and outside life priorities,” says one employee.

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14. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon

Location: Medford
Website: improvedcredit.org
Oregon employees: 7 | Score: 604.41

This financial education nonprofit has kept a laser focus on its mission of helping customers improve their financial circumstances while also supporting staff, employees say. Leadership makes efforts to “truly act on work-life balance.”


15. PCUN

Location: Woodburn
Website: pcun.org
Oregon employees: 16 | Score: 597.13

Members of this Latinx and farmworker support network love “the people, mission, BIPOC representation and amazing history.” Other staff members cite the exceptional teamwork. “I genuinely enjoy coming to work every day, and it is a fun place to be. I am challenged and motivated to do my best and be my best,” says another


16. The Dougy Center

Location: Portland
Website: dougy.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 589.64

The Dougy Center, which offers support for grieving children and families, provides a highly competitive wage and benefit package. “Our team has unrestricted time off, and are given the opportunity to take off what we need and trusted with the ability to manage our workloads and ensure our work gets done properly,” says one employee.


17. Kids FIRST

Location: Eugene
Website: kidsfirstcenter.net
Oregon employees: 14 | Score: 587.44

Employees take weekly, paid “self-care hours” to take care of themselves, and they have an on-site refuge room for employees to take a break or nurse/pump with a sound machine. The organization, which supports children who have experienced abuse, also provides an Employee Assistance Plan. “I love that there is also a family focus and flexibility for working parents,” says one employee.

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18. Greenbelt Land Trust

Location: Corvallis
Website: greenbeltlandtrust.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 587.00

Paid floating holidays, paid training time for all staff and a commitment to [diversity, equity, inclusion and justice] implementation are all perks of working at the land trust. “I love our staff meetings,” says one employee. “We have spent meetings playing games, taking quizzes, learning about a work project from a team member or working on DEIJ issues.”


19. Oregon Wild

Location: Portland
Website: oregonwild.org
Oregon employees: 13 | Score: 583.21

Employees say this environmental nonprofit is mission-driven, places a high value on work-life balance and keeps workers motivated and engaged. “Staff are encouraged to spend time in the places we protect,” says one worker.


20. Community Energy Project

Location: Portland
Website: communityenergyproject.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 574.85

Portland-based CEP offers Zoom cook-alongs and yoga breaks for employees working to help people make energy upgrades to their homes. “My job is flexible, has great time off, is supportive and challenging,” says one worker. “My biggest complaint used to be no retirement matches, which changed in the last year. It’s clear that leadership wants to see increased salaries and positions to avoid burnout.”


21. Child Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: childfoundation.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 574.74

A training program, flexible hours, work from home, and health/dental/vision insurance make employees happy at this Portland-based nonprofit that provides support for kids in developing countries. “Leaders are extremely open to new ideas and willing to adapt,” says one employee. “I love that the organization is so dedicated to working in some of the most difficult places in the world even when the going gets rough.”


22. Family Relief Nursery

Location: Cottage Grove
Website: frncg.org
Oregon employees: 15 | Score: 573.50

This nonprofit offers interventions to reduce child abuse and supports its staff by providing fully paid medical, dental and vision insurance, match to employees’ 401(k), and training to increase education and skills. During COVID it did not lay off any employees, and it provided a technology stipend to offset any personal costs associated with working from home.


23. SVP Portland

Location: Portland
Website: svpportland.org
Oregon employees: 5 | Score: 572.38

Employees praise “dedication, capability, discipline, continuous improvement, focus on  social and racial justice, and system change” as reasons to love 
Social Venture Partners Portland. The philanthropic organization offers open PTO, where each employee is afforded the flexibility to take paid leave as needed.


24. Rogue Valley Farm to School

Location: Ashland
Website: rvfarm2school.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 568.01

Workers at this Ashland education nonprofit school cite staff, schedule flexibility and opportunities for growth as reasons to come to work. Staff also enjoy a pet-friendly office and a child-friendly workplace. “I am proud to be a part of this organization and feel strongly that this is one of the best nonprofits in Oregon,” says one employee.


25. WorldOregon

Location: Portland
Website: worldoregon.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 566.67

“We really pulled together during the pandemic to sustain the organization and come out stronger on the other side,” says one employee of this education nonprofit. “Our new [diversity, equity and inclusion] work and commitment are powerful statements about the direction the organization will take.”

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26. ABC House

Location: Albany
Website: abchouse.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 564.35

Support from coworkers and management, paid health insurance, generous PTO, an exercise club and sick leave are reasons employees enjoy working for this children’s advocacy center in Albany. “Our management team work to frequently assess our policies around paid leave, and other ways to promote staff well-being,” says one employee.


27. Chintimini Wildlife Center

Location: Corvallis
Website: chintiminiwildlife.org
Oregon employees: 6 | Score: 564.00

“I feel supported in my work and am allowed flexibility for raising my family, especially during a pandemic,” says one employee of this wildfire management center in Corvallis. “I genuinely look forward to work every day and feel incredibly fortunate to work here.”


28. HomePlate Youth Services

Location: Beaverton
Website: homeplateyouth.org
Oregon employees: 16 | Score: 561.78

This program for homeless youth provides autonomy and flexibility for life/work balance, workers say. It holds several off-site retreats a year. One employee praises the organization’s “humans first” approach. “We care about who you are and your journey here. I feel trusted and empowered, supported, and am always learning.”


29. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah

Location: Eugene
Website: bufordpark.org
Oregon employees: 9 | Score: 555.24

“Flexibility in staff dealings with volunteers, i.e., not many rigid protocols or rules for volunteer efforts,” is why one employee loves this Eugene-based conservation nonprofit. Employees get free parking at all county parks, the opportunity to work outdoors and 25 miles of trails.


30. Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine

Location: Oregon City
Website: clackamasvim.org
Oregon employees: 6 | Score: 554.97

Employees praise this health care nonprofit’s dedication to serving low-income patients with compassion. “There is a welcoming environment that makes both volunteers and patients excited to be there,” says one employee.


31. National Indian Child Welfare Association

Location: Portland
Website: nicwa.org
Oregon employees: 18 | Score: 552.69

This child-welfare nonprofit has a cafeteria-style benefits program and $600 a year in professional development funds that can be used for tuition, cultural competence training or other programs to enhance the worker’s skills.


32. BRING Recycling

Location: Eugene
Website: bringrecycling.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 548.32

This environmental education and advocacy nonprofit offers workers an annual work boot reimbursement, wellness pay twice per year, bereavement leave, inclement weather paid days off, carryover/payout of unused vacation, employee discounts and interest-free loans. “The staff makes it great. They constantly push for a new and improved work environment and support each other,” says one worker.


33. Birch Community Services

Location: Portland
Website: birchcommunityservices.org
Oregon employees: 13 | Score: 544.55

This financial education and nutrition nonprofit offers employees the ability to shop at its warehouse, providing 90% of their monthly food and household needs. “I love our mission, how we serve people and how the staff works together. When I have a suggestion, my supervisor always makes it possible to implement,” one employee writes.


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