2020 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon

Find out which nonprofits have the most satisfied employees.

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Welcome to the 2020 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. The following list showcases organizations with best-in-class workplace practices. Employees at these organizations rated their employers highly for creating welcoming and inspiring places to work.

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 on their employee benefits. Read more on the survey guidelines and methodology here.   

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

– The OB Team 

First, a message from our sponsor, Columbia Bank. 

Following is a message from Lilisa Hall of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

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1 Baker Charter Schools

Location: Baker City
Website: bakercharters.org
Oregon employees: 150 | Score: 629.03

Staffers appreciate flexible schedules and the transparency with which decisions are made at this school specializing in online education. Teachers give a thumbs-up to the trust administrators have in staff to do their jobs. “Employees are kept abreast of decisions that need to be made, and input is routinely sought from rank-and-file employees.”

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2 Logos Public Charter School

Location: Medford
Website: logoscharter.com
Oregon employees: 72 | Score: 610.46

Teachers enjoy that they are involved in decision-making at this charter school. A close relationship between administrators and teachers makes for a feel-good work environment. “I appreciate our administration seeks our opinion about making things work. I am thankful that we are treated as professionals and not micromanaged,” says a staffer.

3 Self Enhancement

Location: Portland
Website: selfenhancement.org
Oregon employees: 150 | Score: 603.24

Staff praise this social services nonprofit serving the African American community for holding true to its standards of integrity and respect, which are memorized by each employee upon hire. One employee likes that they feel automatically welcomed and appreciated as soon as they walk into the office.  “The working environment is calm but energetic.”

4 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington

Location: Portland
Website: rmhcoregon.org
Oregon employees: 58 | Score: 600.07

Employees trust leaders of this nonprofit that supports the health and well-being of children. One employee notes how they have the tools they need and that the organization always has their back. “I am always impressed by the effective and timely communication that we receive from the executive leadership team.”

5 Rose Villa

Location: Portland
Website: rosevilla.org
Oregon employees: 200 | Score: 599.99

Employee appreciation programs are part of the fabric of keeping staff content at this senior-living retirement community. “Having fun and being creative are encouraged alongside hard work and productivity,” says a staffer. Workers appreciate that they are involved in decisions, and managers are flexible when it comes to employees’ personal needs.

6 Willamette Valley Hospice & Palliative Care

Location: Salem
Website: wvh.org
Oregon employees: 121 | Score: 596.32

“I have never felt like a question/concern of mine has gone unanswered” is how an employee describes working at this hospice. “Everyone is gentle, friendly and welcomes with open arms.” Another staffer enjoys the freedom they have to pursue ideas on how to improve operations.

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7 Adelante Mujeres

Location: Forest Grove
Website: adelantemujeres.org
Oregon employees: 71 | Score: 596.06

This nonprofit serving Latina women and their families created a paid “COVID-19 Mental Health Day” to deal with the stresses of the pandemic, as well as two months of paid COVID-19 leave. Employees enjoy a flexible workplace that allows staffers to work remotely and keep a balance between work and family.

8 NeighborImpact

Location: Redmond
Website: neighborimpact.org
Oregon employees: 200 | Score: 590.11

This Central Oregon social services nonprofit raised pay on average by 22% during the pandemic, assisted with child care subsidies for essential workers and supplied optional food boxes to employees. Staffers praise the benefits, focus on flexibility and work-life balance, and the opportunity to develop professionally.

9 Emerald People’s Utility District

Location: Eugene
Website: epud.org
Oregon employees: 78 | Score: 589.80

This utility’s medical and retirement plans are the best in the local area, says one satisfied employee. Flexible schedules and good salary make this a best nonprofit to work for. “Culture overall is good, with employees empowered to make decisions and take ownership over projects and tasks,” says another employee.

10 Life Flight Network

Location: Aurora
Website: lifeflight.org
Oregon employees: 240 | Score: 588.81

This nonprofit’s health benefits are second to none. Employees pay no premiums for health insurance. Staffers are offered one week of paid time a year to volunteer in times of national and international crisis.  “Dedication to the benefit, empowerment, and well-being of its employees is as high as the organization’s dedication to its mission.”

11 Energy Trust of Oregon

Location: Portland
Website: energytrust.org
Oregon employees: 104 | Score: 588.71

Leaders make an effort to include staff in decision-making and strategy, says one satisfied employee. “I’m given unlimited opportunities to take on new work and challenge myself.” The environmental organization is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, says another staffer. A flat hierarchy contributes to a positive work vibe.

12 Meals on Wheels People

Location: Portland
Website: mowp.org
Oregon employees: 155 | Score: 587.03

This nonprofit that delivers meals to seniors has a four-day work week paid at full-time rates.  Employees appreciate the opportunity to grow professionally, including the ability to shadow managers at different locations. “Upper management allows us to be creative in our approach to projects, events and coming together for ideas.”

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13 HIV Alliance

Location: Eugene
Website: hivalliance.org
Oregon employees: 80 | Score: 585.42

This nonprofit offers two weeks of paid sabbatical. Fair pay and benefits and work-life balance keep up employee morale. Workers appreciate that managers listen to their concerns and make accommodations to employees in need. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot and been given the opportunity to cross-learn from fellow co-workers.”

14 Pathway Enterprises

Location: Medford
Website: pathway-inc.org
Oregon employees: 160 | Score: 584.53

During the pandemic in April through July, this social services nonprofit paid out extra bonuses. Staff say they feel heard and listened to. “Everyone has a voice in this organization, from management to support staff to custodians,” says an employee. Opportunities for personal and professional growth make employees feel valued.

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15 Lines for Life

Location: Portland
Website: linesforlife.org
Oregon employees: 141 | Score: 577.81

During COVID-19, Lines for Life organized several social activities to keep staff connected while working remotely, including virtual cooking classes, fitness and meditation sessions, book clubs, and even a virtual bingo challenge. Mental health of employees is prioritized. It provided an additional day of paid time off during the pandemic.

16 Capital Manor

Location: Salem
Website: capitalmanor.com
Oregon employees: 250 | Score: 569.90

Generous benefits are on offer at this retirement community. Up to 30 paid days of short-term disability, scholarships, discounted meals, and gym and pool access are among the perks. Employees rave about the family-feel environment. “I really like how everyone works as a team and we can be open about any concerns we may have.”

17 Partnerships in Community Living

Location: Monmouth
Website: pclpartnership.org
Oregon employees: 675 | Score: 568.93

This organization acknowledges employee achievements with “Staff of the Month” and celebrates birthdays, anniversaries, graduations. Staffers say managers take employee recommendations seriously and make sure workers are happy in their positions. “They care about their employees. They show this regularly with events, constant training and opportunities to improve as professionals.”

18 Rogue Retreat

Location: Medford
Website: rogueretreat.com
Oregon employees: 53 | Score: 568.60

Employees say there are plenty of opportunities to grow in this nonprofit that serves the homeless. A large portion of the organization’s staff went through the program themselves. Leaders are compassionate and committed. “The leadership is open and listens and understands how to get the best from employees,” says one contented staffer.

19 Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care

Location: Corvallis
Website: luminahospice.org
Oregon employees: 52 | Score: 566.43

Staff say leaders are open to change and respect the opinions and ideas of all employees to help shape policies and procedures. Workers also appreciate the ability to set their schedules. Room for growth and good salary go down well too, as well as the focus on employee wellness.

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20 Advocates for Life Skills and Opportunity

Location: Portland
Website: alsoweb.org
Oregon employees: 290 | Score: 564.80

This organization serving people with developmental disabilities makes an effort to promote staff. “The communication between the office staff, the administration and staff in general is great,” says a satisfied staffer. A family-feel work environment contributes to making this a best nonprofit to work for.

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21 Metropolitan Family Service

Location: Portland
Website: metfamily.org
Oregon employees: 97 | Score: 563.40

This nonprofit takes staff training on equity seriously and has made efforts to hire more diverse staff to better represent the people it serves. “It’s a place where people are encouraged to learn, think critically, and ask questions about why we do the things we do and how,” says an employee.

22 CareOregon

Location: Portland
Website: careoregon.org
Oregon employees: 947 | Score: 562.94

A top-notch benefits package makes this a best nonprofit to work for. Commuter pass, wellness reimbursement, tuition assistance, paid volunteer hours and annual bonuses are on offer. “The organization spends a great deal of time considering the goals we set for ourselves and creates a plan for how we will achieve them.”

23 Adapt

Location: Roseburg
Website: adaptoregon.org
Oregon employees: 390 | Score: 561.96

Fully paid health insurance and flexible schedules are part of the attraction of working for this mental health and addiction services organization. Staff feel their voices are heard and that leaders act on their feedback. “There is lots of learning and growth and open communication that creates a great atmosphere.”

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24 Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies and Medford Children’s Therapy

Location: Canby/Medford
Website: nt4kids.org
Oregon employees: 61 | Score: 561.46

Opportunities for growth are endless, says an employee. Staff enjoy the support they need to do their jobs and feel their opinions are heard and welcomed. “I feel listened to and an integral part of the team,” says a staffer.

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25 Willamette Family

Location: Eugene
Website: wfts.org
Oregon employees: 221 | Score: 561.24

Employees praise leaders for offering flexibility to staff to take time off for personal needs. “I have never worked at a place that gives you so much time off. They really want their staff to have the time to unwind and recharge,” says a contented staffer. Workers are also encouraged to pursue higher education.

26 The DPI Group

Location: Portland
Website: thedpigroup.com
Oregon employees: 51 | Score: 560.64

Staff can take the time off they need without being bound to an accrual system at this organization that provides workplace services for people with disabilities. A culture of open communication fosters trust in leaders. “Leadership provides clear and transparent communications and keeps us moving forward,” says an employee.

27 Cascade Health

Location: Eugene
Website: cascadehealth.org
Oregon employees: 229 | Score: 559.36

This nonprofit offers a package of strong benefits, including some unusual ones such as bereavement paid time off, free flu shots and annual service awards. Employees say leaders are open to staff feedback on how to improve. “I think being so up-front and approachable is one of the things that makes this company great.”

28 Wallace Medical Concern

Location: Portland
Website: mywallace.org
Oregon employees: 66 | Score: 556.82

A focus on employee wellness and professional growth makes this low-cost health clinic a best place to work. The organization has “worked tirelessly” to try to keep staff safe during the pandemic by providing protective gear. Staff even received bonuses during these uncertain economic times.

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29 Care Partners

Location: Hillsboro
Website: carepartnersor.org
Oregon employees: 52 | Score: 552.78

This hospice seeks to foster a caring work environment that inspires staff to provide excellent end-of-life care. “You can feel the compassionate care from the top down, which creates a positive workplace and employees who feel cared for and supported,” says a staffer. Employees have freedom to make and maintain their own schedule.

30 College Housing Northwest

Location: Portland
Website: chnw.org
Oregon employees: 51 | Score: 550.88

Unlimited sick days, a fitness and wellness stipend, and financial support for educational courses are part of the attraction of working at this nonprofit. Leaders encourage staff feedback and promote self-care and mental health support. “All of our concerns are never downplayed or swept under the rug,” says one employee.

31 Childpeace Montessori School

Location: Portland
Website: childpeace.org
Oregon employees: 67 | Score: 550.38

Employees like the family-oriented work environment where staff have a voice and feel valued.  “Each person deeply cares about the school and larger community,” says a contented staffer. Financial support for professional development and public transport passes are a boon too. “Great people and environment to work in.”

32 Trauma Intervention Program NW

Location: Portland
Website: tipnw.org
Oregon employees: 205 | Score: 546.84

Volunteers say they are well trained and have important work to do at this nonprofit that provides support to victims of trauma. “There is no useless busywork here,” says one volunteer. It is also a “warm, welcoming environment” with staff “going above and beyond with communication, planning and motivating the team.”

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33 Looking Glass Community Services

Location: Eugene
Website: lookingglass.us
Oregon employees: 264 | Score: 543.72

This 50-year-old organization that provides mental health and addiction counseling offers opportunities for training and professional growth. Staff have the flexibility to set their schedule. “I feel strongly supported in my job,” says an employee. Good benefits and competitive salaries go down well too.

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34 Northwest Family Services

Location: Portland
Website: nwfs.org
Oregon employees: 80 | Score: 541.49

This social services nonprofit has an employee assistance program that offers free short-term counseling and follow-up services to employees who have personal or work-related problems. A culture of open communication and flexible schedules contribute to a positive work environment. “The flexibility and emphasis on self-care is great,” says a staffer.



1 Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: olshf.org
Oregon employees: 25 | Score: 626.38

Work-life balance is core to the culture at this organization. Staff can bring their infants and kids to the office if schools are closed. A sense of teamwork and freedom to voice opinions keep staff content. “Management encourages staff to speak up and criticize procedures as a way to continually improve as an organization.”

2 Inclusion

Location: Portland
Website: inclusioninc.org
Oregon employees: 22 | Score: 615.94

This nonprofit’s philosophy is that the better an employee is taken care of, the better they will perform. Unlimited time off, 100% paid-for health plan and up to 10% contribution to a 401(k) round out the benefits. “Inclusion allows us to be successful while trusting us to work in our own time and space.”

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3 Creative Supports

Location: Medford
Website: creativesupports.org
Oregon employees: 26 | Score: 615.74

A feel-good atmosphere pervades at this nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leaders work with employees to ease stress or navigate work and personal challenges. Employees feel empowered to grow in their roles. “Everyone who wants to try their hand at a special project is supported to do so.”

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4 B’nai B’rith Camp

Location: Beaverton
Website: bbcamp.org
Oregon employees: 20 | Score: 614.51

Employees receive free housing and meals when they are on-site at this youth camp’s locations. Mentoring and support for professional development are on offer. “Incredible and open communication from leadership” is how one staffer describes working here. A sense of inclusivity and good pay are also part of the culture.

5 Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: b-e-f.org
Oregon employees: 21 | Score: 609.19

Good benefits and professional development opportunities are perks of working at this environmental nonprofit. A commitment to work-life balance and flexible schedules are a boon too. There is an “openness to make progress on important ethical, environmental and racial justice issues,” says one contented staffer.

6 Parenting With Intent

Location: Portland
Website: parentingwithintent.org
Oregon employees: 39 | Score: 607.24

This nonprofit values continued learning and professional growth. It supports staff’s pursuit of education by allowing altered schedules or temporary part-time work. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to better serve the community, as well as a leadership open to feedback, contribute to a sense of teamwork.

7 Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon

Location: Portland
Website: mhaoforegon.org
Oregon employees: 44 | Score: 601.19

This organization provides paid volunteer hours and up to three paid hours a month to participate in another organization’s board or advisory council. Managers ask for and act on feedback from staff. Leaders are also accessible. “The flexibility and recognition of work-life balance makes us all feel cared for,” says one staffer.

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8 Klamath Hospice and Palliative Care

Location: Klamath Falls
Website: klamathhospice.org
Oregon employees: 38 | Score: 598.83

This family-oriented employer participates in events such as holiday parties and parades, and encourages family involvement. An open-door policy and culture of open communication add to the positive atmosphere. Diversity in age and background of employees makes the work environment “interesting and challenging,” says a staffer.

9 Sponsors

Location: Eugene
Website: sponsorsinc.org
Oregon employees: 40 | Score: 596.22

This nonprofit, which helps people coming out of prison, makes it a practice to hire individuals with criminal histories. Fully paid health insurance and a generous pension program go down well with staff. One staffer is proud of the commitment the organization has in having “difficult conversations and self-reflection around diversity, equity and inclusion.”

10 Summit Learning Charter

Location: Eagle Creek
Website: summitlearningcharter.org
Oregon employees: 44 | Score: 595.86

This charter school empowers teachers to use their skills and creativity to meet the needs of students, says one satisfied staffer. Flexible work schedules and staff involvement in decision-making make workers feel valued. “Everyone has a voice. Everyone can make a change,” says another employee.

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11 Growing Gardens

Location: Portland
Website: growing-gardens.org
Oregon employees: 27 | Score: 595.43

Staff parties, dogs in office and access to gardening advice are a few of the perks at this nonprofit that advocates for growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities. Employees say the organization is committed to equity and has prioritized hiring staff from within the communities it serves.

12 Dogs for Better Lives

Location: Central Point
Website: dogsforbetterlives.org
Oregon employees: 34 | Score: 591.48

This 43-year-old nonprofit that rescues and trains assistance dogs pays 100% of employees’ medical and disability benefits. Leaders are constantly striving to improve and adapt, say employees. “We have a great work-life balance culture, and there are opportunities for improving our job skills and advancing in the organization.”

13 Project Access NOW

Location: Portland
Website: projectaccessnow.org
Oregon employees: 29 | Score: 588.47

This social services nonprofit seeks to be inclusive in its decision-making by involving staff at all levels of the organization. Employees appreciate the training they have received in diversity, equity and inclusion. “I feel like I am heard and seen and acknowledged as an individual and as a team member.”

14 Earth Advantage

Location: Portland
Website: earthadvantage.org
Oregon employees: 22 | Score: 586.19

Weekly happy hours, bi-weekly “lunch and learns,” and an annual holiday party and retreat are some of the perks of working at this nonprofit that advocates for sustainable buildings. During the pandemic, employees received home office stipends, and support was given to employees unable to work because of school and day-care closures.

15 Eugene Mission

Location: Eugene
Website: eugenemission.org
Oregon employees: 44 | Score: 584.54

This homeless shelter provides employees and volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Employees can take any extra food home. The nonprofit fully pays for health benefits. Leaders encourage staff to learn on the job through hands-on experience and trainings. “We are always able to bring our questions and concerns to the table and be heard.”

16 Crater Lake Charter Academy

Location: Eagle Point
Website: craterlakecharter.org
Oregon employees: 26 | Score: 583.54

Leaders are dedicated to the mission of this charter school and help employees grow with the organization, according to a staffer. Another describes the environment as fun and welcoming. “The support and transparency of head staff, the team vibe and willingness to listen” is how one staffer describes the attraction of working here.

17 Oregon Community Warehouse

Location: Portland
Website: communitywarehouse.org
Oregon employees: 28 | Score: 583.08

“Open communication and a safe space for candid and vulnerable conversations” is the reason one employee loves working for this nonprofit furniture bank, which collects household goods and redistributes to families in need. Staff feel comfortable learning from mistakes. “There is a definite spirit of community and family in the workplace.”

18 Hearts With A Mission

Location: Medford
Website: heartswithamission.org
Oregon employees: 49 | Score: 582.11

Employees at this faith-based youth shelter enjoy a workplace where prayer and worship are respected. Staff are supported to try out new ideas and programming. “I love that we are able to try new things like classes, groups and marketing. It’s amazing to be able to fall forward with support.”

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19 Cascades Academy

Location: Bend
Website: cascadesacademy.org
Oregon employees: 41 | Score: 580.61

Staff of this nonprofit school enjoy a beautiful campus, a warm community, competitive benefits and a caring administration. “It is a space where I am positively challenged, have space to grow, and is a working environment that acts as a home away from home; a true family,” says one worker.

20 Jackson Street Youth Services

Location: Corvallis
Website: jacksonstreet.org
Oregon employees: 40 | Score: 575.13

Employees at this 20-year-old at-risk youth services nonprofit will find a structure that supports career goals. Managers offer continuing education opportunities each year. The organization has a “strong emphasis on self-care” as well as diversity, equity and team-building activities. Many employees go on to become caseworkers and drug and alcohol counselors.

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21 Coastal Home Health & Hospice

Location: Brookings
Website: coastalhhh.org
Oregon employees: 37 | Score: 575.11

Workers at this hospice receive tuition and cell phone plan reimbursement, discounts to stores and gym memberships. The organization increased financial support during the COVID-19 crisis, with staff receiving an extra week of vacation. “It’s like family. Best place I have ever worked,” says one content staffer.

22 The Freshwater Trust

Location: Portland
Website: thefreshwatertrust.org
Oregon employees: 39 | Score: 566.45

Oregon employees: 39 Score: 566.45
“The mission, the people and the benefits are unmatched,” says one staffer at this environmental nonprofit. The employer offers six weeks’ paid time off after two years of service, a 5% contribution to 401(k), and paid-for educational courses. Cell phone and internet reimbursement, office happy hours and staff parties round out the perks.

23 Bethlehem Inn

Location: Bend
Website: bethleheminn.org
Oregon employees: 30 | Score: 565.52

This homeless shelter fosters a trauma-informed environment, which takes care of the special mental health needs of its employees. Staff receive training and career development courses to understand how trauma impacts people’s lives. Excellent medical benefits are also on offer. “It is a huge relief that our medical is top notch.”

24 Center for Hope & Safety

Location: Salem
Website: hopeandsafety.org
Oregon employees: 27 | Score: 559.74

“Management is constantly finding ways to improve and support staff, and that is very appreciated,” says an employee of this domestic abuse crisis center. The organization’s wellness team sent employees COVID-19 care packages during the pandemic, and paid employees for a 40-hour week while scheduling them for 35.

25 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Location: Portland
Website: jvcnorthwest.org
Oregon employees: 20 | Score: 554.66

“There’s a very honest understanding that not all the work done by Jesuits historically has been culturally responsive,” says one employee of this Milwaukie volunteer corps. The organization did a racial equity assessment to research its impact in communities of color. Employees will also find a commitment to work-life balance.

26 SMART Reading

Location: Portland
Website: smartreading.org
Oregon employees: 35 | Score: 553.00

This children’s literacy nonprofit offers cell phone reimbursements and a $100 per month stipend to go toward health care co-pays. It offers a family-friendly, flexible work environment. Managers always seek ways to get feedback from staff, and they are involved at all levels of decision-making, described as “democracy in action.”

27 Forth

Location: Portland
Website: forthmobility.org
Oregon employees: 26 | Score: 549.56

“We have almost no staff turnover because people are really happy with their jobs,” says an employee of this electric mobility advocacy nonprofit. Employees enjoy competitive pay and benefits, and access to electric vehicles. Staffers can also take advantage of the organization’s professional development budget to cover expenses for education.

28 Urban League of Portland

Location: Portland
Website: ulpdx.org
Oregon employees: 49 | Score: 545.48

Employees at one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights organizations will find the opportunity to directly impact the lives of African Americans. “We are not only allowed but empowered to demonstrate cultural pride,” says an employee. The organization shows appreciation for staff with free tickets to Blazers games, and art and music events.

29 Cat Adoption Team

Location: Sherwood
Website: catadoptionteam.org
Oregon employees: 37 | Score: 544.92

Employees cite supportive managers and a collaborative team as reasons to work for this cat rescue nonprofit. “Our bosses give us opportunities to grow,” says an employee. Workers will find an employee-assistance program and free healthy snacks. Staff also have access to discounts for pet food and supplements.

30 CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties

Location: Portland
Website: casahelpskids.org
Oregon employees: 24 | Score: 541.23

“I have been consistently inspired by the compassion and drive of the team I work with,” says one content employee of this child welfare nonprofit. Staff members go on regular fun outings, such as taking the afternoon off to go outdoors or going curling for their holiday celebration.

31 Raphael House of Portland

Location: Portland
Website: raphaelhouse.com
Oregon employees: 42 | Score: 540.50

In addition to focusing on professional development and fun team-building events, the pandemic did not cause any employee at this domestic violence shelter to lose their job. Recently, leaders improved pay equity and transparency, which was “a blessing and a true act of social justice,” according to one employee.

32 Store to Door

Location: Portland
Website: storetodooroforegon.org
Oregon employees: 24 | Score: 531.47

Staff at this grocery delivery service for seniors and people with disabilities enjoy flexible schedules to manage work-life balance. Employees appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills. “The amount of work this team has demonstrated through the COVID-19 pandemic is truly awe-inspiring in terms of teamwork, collaboration, program adjustments, and decisiveness.”

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33 Smart Living, Learning & Earning With Autism

Location: Eugene
Website: sllea.org
Oregon employees: 27 | Score: 521.95

This nonprofit that supports young adults living on the autism spectrum has a collaborative and supportive team, which creates “layers of support” for both staff and students. Health and dental benefits are paid at 90%. Despite fewer scheduled hours due to COVID-19, the organization paid employees for regular hours to ease financial strain.



1 CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties

Location: Medford
Website: jacksoncountycasa.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 635.43

“There are no words for the support we receive, both personally and professionally,” says one employee of this advocacy group for abused and neglected children. Management cultivates a supportive environment, requesting everyone’s input for equitable problem solving. Team meetings start with staff appreciation. Employees receive two weeks of paid bereavement leave.


Location: Portland
Website: nten.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 633.90

“It’s the kind of place you look forward to going to on a Monday morning,” says an employee of this community of technology professionals. Staff receive 32 days of paid time off during the first year of employment and 37 thereafter. Six weeks of paid parental leave is offered to all parents.

3 Western Environmental Law Center

Location: Eugene
Website: westernlaw.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 633.50

Employees go to work in a sustainable building, and will find a flexible work schedule and work-from-home options. Three months of paid sabbatical leave is on offer after five years of employment. Staff are well paid and treated with respect, says a staffer. “We are given the opportunity to be creative and innovative.”

4 Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors

Location: Portland
Website: ecologyoutdoors.org
Oregon employees: 6 | Score: 622.35

“The people here are ridiculously passionate,” says one employee. The board and the staff are invested in the mission and the success of both the organization and the personal career development goals of the staff. “We have a highly flexible and supportive work-life balance,” says another staffer.

5 Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Location: West Linn
Website: clackamasworkforce.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 621.68

Employees praise the organization’s commitment to flexible schedules, which was helpful to parents dealing with school closures due to the pandemic. One employee describes this job-placement nonprofit as a “family-first” organization. The employer is also expanding the conversations it is having about diversity, equity and inclusion in economic development.

6 Together We Are Greater Than

Location: Portland
Website: togethergreater.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 615.16

Employees are encouraged to prioritize self-care and family needs at this education nonprofit. To support working parents and care providers, it offers flexible hours and work-from-home options. “The organization is responsive and centers the well-being of its employees just as much as the community and families we serve,” says one worker.

7 Rural Development Initiatives

Location: Eugene
Website: rdiinc.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 606.83

In addition to 24 hours of paid volunteer time each year, employees will find opportunities to grow professionally. “RDI provides opportunities for all employees to grow and branch into new areas of interest,” says one employee. “Professional development and volunteering within the community are strongly encouraged.”

8 Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Location: Eugene
Website: elaw.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 605.88

Staff are motivated by their work to advance environmental justice, and enjoy collaborating with colleagues around the world to challenge environmental abuses and protect communities. “We are a small organization with a big impact,” says an employee. An atmosphere of camaraderie makes this a best place to work.

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9 Health Bridges International

Location: Portland
Website: hbint.org
Oregon employees: 4 | Score: 603.88

Employees enjoy travel opportunities, flexible schedules and a vacation plan that allows employees to choose their time off without having to accrue or count their hours. Employees cite the unique, personal approach to health care delivery espoused by the organization. “We believe that everyone has the power to change their world.”

10 Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades

Location: Bend
Website: vim-cascades.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 602.84

This health care nonprofit that serves low-income people has supportive managers who listen to employees. “I have never heard a cross word from any of the administration or bosses. I have never had a better boss in all my years of working.” The employer is also committed to creating a diverse workforce.

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11 Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Location: Portland
Website: mhkc.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 601.79

This outdoor camp for people with developmental disabilities empowers employees to innovate. “I love that as an employee, my voice is heard and I am able to design, implement and dream up new programs,” says a staffer. The nonprofit also strives to be a beacon of diversity, equity and inclusion.

12 Birch Community Services

Location: Portland
Website: bcsi.org
Oregon employees: 13 | Score: 600.92

This financial literacy nonprofit offers staff a flexible schedule that allows them to work from home when possible. Employees receive retention bonuses, and managers are open to change and employee feedback. “We have a very close group of people working here. We get a lot done, but have fun doing it.”

13 Neighborhood Partnerships

Location: Portland
Website: neighborhoodpartnerships.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 599.74

“Since I’ve been there, the organization has stepped up its equity and inclusion efforts internally and externally,” says an employee of this social services nonprofit. The organization ensures there is a budget for career development and provides staff with flexibility on how to work. Staff also praise the generous benefits.

14 Good Neighbor Center

Location: Tigard
Website: goodneighborcenter.org
Oregon employees: 14 | Score: 598.86

“It’s the only place I have worked that gives sick and vacation time to part-time staff. Everyone truly works as a team like a big family,” says a staffer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit scaled down its operation to four leadership staff members, but continued to pay the non-working staff for their regularly scheduled hours.

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15 CASA of Clackamas County

Location: Oregon City
Website: casa-cc.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 593.84

The dedication of managers to the organization’s mission encourages a focused and dedicated workforce, comments one employee. Staff have flexibility to balance work and family needs. One worker praises the supportive and receptive management team, saying they are “always willing to listen to ideas and input from employees.”

16 BRING Recycling

Location: Eugene
Website: bringrecycling.org
Oregon employees: 16 | Score: 590.45

This recycling and reuse nonprofit has a wellness program that lets staff convert unused sick time to vacation time or be paid out. The organization offers interest-free loans to employees, a 50% discount in the store and work-life balance. “We’ve had a long string of wonderful female leadership,” says a staffer.

17 Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon

Location: Medford
Website: improvedcredit.org
Oregon employees: 8 | Score: 589.88

“Since new leadership has arrived, benefits have increased, we have added staff and are serving more people,” says one employee of this financial counseling nonprofit. Employees feel leaders prioritize the well-being of staff, and employees praise the friendliness of the workplace and the passion of co-workers to help others.

18 Youth 71Five Ministries

Location: Medford
Website: 71Five.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 588.92

“Each person is a contributing member of the team, and the organization values the team as well as those we serve,” says an employee of this faith-based youth ministry. Workers put a high value on the trust earned by the leadership and a workplace culture of kindness.

19 Western Energy Institute

Location: Portland
Website: westernenergy.org
Oregon employees: 18 | Score: 587.94

This trade association representing the electricity and natural gas sectors “provides exceptional work-life balance, telecommuting, generous PTO and sick leave, in addition to already flexible schedules.” Eligible employees can take up to four weeks off at full salary. Staff can use air miles from business purchases on the company credit card for personal travel.

20 Centro Latino Americano

Location: Eugene
Website: centrolatinoamericano.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 587.20

Employees will find resources available for self-care and professional development through a wide variety of training options, such as suicide prevention, mental health first aid and trauma mitigation. “The culture is welcoming, inclusive and friendly,” says one worker. Leaders invest in the growth and development of all staff.

21 CASA of Lane County

Location: Springfield
Website: casa-lane.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 584.95

This child-welfare nonprofit has a wellness plan that promotes mental health and resiliency among staff.  Employees will find training for stress management, compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. Flexible work schedules, staff and family picnics, cell phones, and a $350 monthly stipend to offset health care costs are among of the benefits.

22 Oregon Wild

Location: Portland
Website: oregonwild.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 578.87

This conservation nonprofit hosts an annual staff sledding day on Mt. Hood, an outdoor-themed mini-retreat in the spring, a three-day camping retreat in the summer and more. “Our organization still manages to charge full-steam ahead while also allowing ample time off. I think Oregon Wild has really nailed the work-life balance.”

23 Child Foundation

Location: Portland
Website: childfoundation.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 578.03

This international charity dedicated to helping impoverished children remain in school in five countries around the world offers staff training programs, flexible hours, work-from-home options and a full slate of health insurance benefits. “We have the same goal and have a good and friendly environment,” says a staffer.

24 The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

Location: Portland
Website: nwcounseling.org
Oregon employees: 15 | Score: 576.24

During COVID-19, this nonprofit provided employees with financial support and extra time off in addition to remote-working options. Staff are encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities and take on new responsibilities within the organization, says one employee. “Management is supportive of new ideas and taking risks,” says another.

25 Social Venture Partners Portland

Location: Portland
Website: svpportland.org
Oregon employees: 6 | Score: 569.28

Employees have unlimited days off as long as it can be arranged with the team. “Respect for work-family life balance, committed and caring colleagues, and an important mission that is personally meaningful to me” is how one employee describes working at this organization that advocates for social-impact investing.

26 Klamath & Lake Community Action Services

Location: Klamath Falls
Website: klcas.org
Oregon employees: 17 | Score: 567.58

Employees praise this nonprofit for showing adaptability in the face of this year’s pandemic. Employees have been given “a lot of room to be creative,” and leaders encourage staff to change programs to better suit employees and clients. Staff feel “able to approach management and the board with any concerns.”

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27 Community Energy Project

Location: Portland
Website: communityenergyproject.org
Oregon employees: 15 | Score: 566.73

“Our organization serves an amazing mission, while providing its employees flexibility, security and growth opportunities,” says one employee of this renewable-energy nonprofit. “Management seems to support the best interest of staff through work-life balance.” The organization doubled staff’s sick days in response to COVID-19.


Location: Portland
Website: spoonfoundation.org
Oregon employees: 11 | Score: 566.21

This organization, which fights against malnutrition in children, allows employees who do not travel as a normal part of their job to join a trip after two years of employment. “We are able to punch above our weight because of our amazing staff and our egalitarian, action-oriented work culture,” says one worker.

29 ABC House

Location: Albany
Website: abchouse.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 566.19

This child abuse prevention nonprofit supports staff with daily invitations to exercise, book clubs, creative group art activities and by shouting out praise for one another in a variety of formats. These small gestures help create the basis of its work culture, and give the staff a strong foundation as a team to meet work challenges.

30 HomePlate Youth Services

Location: Beaverton
Website: homeplateyouth.org
Oregon employees: 10 | Score: 565.95

This youth-services nonprofit encourages staff to be aware of their emotional and physical needs, and maintain work-life balance. Weekly paid lunches, retreats, wellness days, and training and coaching sessions are perks of working here. The organization recently put diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of its operations.

31 The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

Location: Portland
Website: dougy.org
Oregon employees: 19 | Score: 564.93

This nonprofit, which provides bereavement counseling, offers competitive wages and benefits. Staff feel respected and honored for their work. A supportive, mission-driven leadership team helps keep up staff morale. “Senior management provides strong support to line staff,” says a worker.

32 WorldOregon

Location: Portland
Website: worldoregon.org
Oregon employees: 12 | Score: 562.33

This nonprofit dedicated to deepening public awareness about international affairs provides staff with the unique opportunity to connect with international visitors. Training and education are a priority. “We have great leadership and a supportive board,” says one employee. “It is great to work with a positive, supportive group of people,” says another.

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33 New Buildings Institute

Location: Portland
Website: newbuildings.org
Oregon employees: 18 | Score: 562.24

Flexible schedules, ability to work remotely, and good compensation and benefits are reasons employees enjoy working at this organization, which works to improve energy performance in commercial buildings. Employees receive plenty of training and can join professional associations for free to network with others in their field.