Portland, September 28th. Oregon Business magazine announced its fourth annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon. Our House and Cascade AIDS Project were two of the organization honored.  The rankings were revealed Thursday night at the Portland Hilton. The magazine surveys employees and organization representatives about benefits, then spotlights the winners in the nonprofit sector.

There’s more info in the October issue of Oregon Business magazine and the magazine website.

Here are some of the results of the survey:
1 7 Life Flight Network Aurora Michael Griffiths 90 Emergency air medical   services for heart attack, injury, accident, etc. 516.33
lifeflight.org CEO 196
2 1 Oregon Research Institute Eugene Byron Glidden 220 Human-behavior research 515.41
ori.org Administrative Director 240
3 4 Oregon Gymnastics Academy Beaverton Lisa Havelind 60 Gymnastics programs for   children of all ages and abilities 508.02
ogagym.org Executive Director 60
4 9 Tualatin Valley Water District Beaverton Greg DiLoreto 117 Special district and   water utility 507.06
tvwd.org CEO 117
5 NR Energy Trust of Oregon Portland Margie Harris 86 Helps utility customers   save energy and tap renewable resources 503.07
energytrust.org Executive Director 86
6 2 REACH Community Development Portland Dee Walsh 96 Affordable housing   development and management, free home repairs, etc. 500.49
reachcdc.org xecutive Director 96
7 NR B’nai B’rith Camp Beaverton Michelle Koplan 130 Summer overnight camp   for Jewish children 498.36
www.bbcamp.org Executive Director 130
8 9 Our House Portland Wayne Miya 59 Provides health and   housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS 498.17
ourhouseofportland.org xecutive Director 59
9 3 Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst Lake Oswego Marvin Kaiser 200 Continuing-care   retirement community 490.51
maryswoods.com CEO 200
10 NR Open Meadow Alternative Schools Portland Andrew Mason 80 Educates youth in   personal responsibility, academics and community service 489.71
openmeadow.org Executive Director 80
11 11 Northwest Family Services Portland Rose Fuller 50 Professional counseling,   job readiness, positive youth development, etc. 487.74
nwfs.org Executive Director 50
12 8 Catholic Charities Portland Pietro Ferrari 200 Pregnancy   support/adoption, immigration/refugee aid, youth services 482.37
catholiccharitiesoregon.org Executive Director 200
13 NR Children’s Nursing Specialties Portland Patti Sadowski 76 Home-based nursing for   medically fragile children and young adults 479.62
cnsnursing.org Executive Director 76
14 28 Living Opportunities Medford Roger Hassenpflug 162 Services for people with   developmental disabilities 478.06
livingopps.org CEO 162
15 12 Metropolitan Family Service Portland Judy Applegate Strand 82 Programs for children,   families and older adults; parent education 477.37
metfamily.org CEO 82
16 NR Maps Credit Union Salem Mark Zook 170 Credit union 476.08
mapscu.com CEO 170
17 NR Rose Villa Senior Living Portland Vassar Byrd 120 Continuing-care   retirement community 474.36
rosevilla.org CEO 120
18 10 Childpeace Montessori School Portland Sue Pritzker 50 Independent Montessori   school for toddlers through 8th grade 470.89
childpeace.org Head of School 50
19 NR NW Energy Efficiency Alliance Portland Susan E. Stratton 60 Accelerating   energy-efficient products, services, practices in the Northwest 469.84
neea.org Executive Director 60
20 17 Cascade AIDS Project Portland Michael Kaplan 51 Prevention of HIV   infection, support for people affected by HIV/AIDS 468.85
cascadeaids.org Executive Director 51
21 21 Community Counseling Solutions Heppner Kimberly Lindsay 93 Outpatient mental-health   and addiction treatment, residential mental health, etc. 468.59
communitycounselingsolutions.org Executive Director 93
22 NR Cascade Health Solutions Eugene Cheryl Boyum 130 Home health, hospice,   occupational medicine and community wellness 465.46
cascadehealth.org CEO 130
23 23 Partnerships in Community Living Monmouth Zellee Allen 675 Services to people with   developmental disabilities in their homes and jobs 464.01
pclpartnership.org xecutive Director 675
24 NR Human Solutions Portland Jean DeMaster 86 Helps low-income and   homeless achieve self-sufficiency 460.91
humansolutions.org Executive Director 86
25 NR SAIF Corporation Salem Brenda Rocklin 807 State-chartered workers’   compensation company 456.4
saif.com President andCEO 807
26 NR Pentagon Federal Credit Union Eugene Chris Martin 360 Credit union 456.33
penfed.org VP, Regional Svc. 1442
27 20 La Salle Catholic College   Preparatory Milwaukie Denise L. Jones 65 Catholic, co-ed college   preparatory school, transformative education 454.97
lsprep.org President 65
28 13 Family Building Blocks Salem Sue Miller 80 Early-childhood and   therapeutic family support services 453.29
familybuildingblocks.org Executive Director 80
29 31 Edwards Center Aloha Jessica Leitner 200 Residential and   employment support for adults with developmental disabilities 449.86
edwardscenter.org Executive Director 200
30 15 Mercy Corps Portland Neal Keny-Guyer 200 Alleviates suffering,   poverty and oppression internationally 449.76
mercycorps.org CEO 4,000
31 NR United Cerebral Palsy OR/SW WA Portland Ann Coffey 118 Developmental disability   advocate and service provider 445.98
acommunityforeveryone.org Executive Director 118
32 NR NeighborImpact Redmond Sharon Miller 180 Serves the economically   disadvantaged of Central Oregon 445.06
neighborimpact.org Executive Director 180
33 32 ColumbiaCare Services Medford Robert C. Beckett 238 Promotes mental health   with regional system of behavioral heath care facilities 442.75
columbiacare.org Executive Director 244
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1 1 Full Access Eugene Margaret Theisen 35 Case coordination and   fiscal support for adults with intellectual/develop. disabilities 532.58
fullaccess.org CEO 35
2 12 Northwest Housing Alternatives Milwaukie Martha McLennan 29 Affordable housing and   homeless services 522.44
nwhousing.org Executive Director 29
3 20 Sponsors Eugene Paul Solomon 26 Re-entry for people with   criminal histories, transitional to permanent housing 518.08
sponsorsinc.org Executive Director 26
4 15 Saving Grace Bend Janet Huerta 28 Domestic violence and   sexual assault agency in Central Oregon 511.5
saving-grace.org Executive Director 28
5 2 Ronald McDonald House Charities   OR/SW WA Portland Tom Soma 24 Provides a “home   away from home” to families with seriously ill children 507.5
rmhcoregon.org Executive Director 24
6 5 Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life Portland Judy Cushing 28 Ending substance abuse   and suicide through 5 crisis lines and education 503.6
linesforlife.org CEO 28
7 NR Bradley Angle Portland Deborah Steinkopf 20 Domestic-violence   services 500.35
bradleyangle.org Executive Director 20
8 11 NEDCO Springfield Claire Seguin 23 Revitalizes communities,   builds affordable homes, financial management services 495.53
nedcocdc.org Executive Director 23
9 NR Bark Portland Alex P. Brown 26 Empowering Oregonians to   protect and restore Mt. Hood National Forest 493.93
bark-out.org Executive Director 26
10 6 Ride Connection Portland Elaine Wells 47 Safe, reliable   transportation options to help maintain individuals’ independence 489.46
rideconnection.org Executive Director 47
11 NR Bend Area Habitat for Humanity Bend Mark Quinlan 22 Builds and sells   affordable housing 485.19
bendhabitat.org Executive Director 500
12 14 JOIN Portland Marc Jolin 21 Homeless street outreach   and housing 482.9
joinpdx.com Executive Director 21
13 10 Portland YouthBuilders Portland Jill Walters 24 High-school completion,   vocational training and leadership dev. for low-income youth 480.72
pybpdx.org Executive Director 24
14 NR CASA of Oregon Sherwood Peter Hainley 20 Affordable housing,   neighborhood facilities for underserved communities 480.19
casaoforegon.org Executive Director 20
15 30 Rural Development Initiatives Eugene Craig Smith 26 Builds leadership   networks and rural communities 475.85
rdiinc.org Executive Director 26
16 NR Dogs for the Deaf Central Point Vaughn Maurice 29 Rescues dogs from   shelters, trains and places them with those needing help 474.48
dogsforthedeaf.org General Manager 29
17 NR Ashland Supportive Hsg. &   Comm. Outreach Ashland L. Sue Crader 32 Housing and direct-care   support for people with developmental disabilities 473.7
ashlandash.org Executive Director 32
18 NR Eugene Hearing & Speech Center Eugene Doris Towery 24 Provides audiological   and speech language services 472.41
eugenehearingspeech.org Executive Director 24
19 5 South Coast Business Employment   Corp. Coos Bay J. J. McLeod 42 Senior services,   workforce services to low-income, dislocated adults and youth 472.09
scbec.org CEO 42
20 13 National Indian Child Welfare   Association Portland Terry L. Cross 23 Technical-aid training,   information and advocacy for Indian child welfare 471.21
nicwa.org Executive Director 23
21 NR The Freshwater Trust Portland Joe Whitworth 29 Freshwater restoration,   conservation and education 470.38
thefreshwatertrust.org President 29
22 33 Travel Oregon Salem Todd Davidson 31 Tourism promotion for   the state of Oregon 470.06
traveloregon.com CEO 31
23 NR Friendly House Portland Vaune Albanese 40 Neighborhood center and   social services for children, families, adults and seniors 456.62
friendlyhouseinc.org Executive Director 40
24 NR Conservation Biology Institute Corvallis James R. Strittholt 21 Scientific expertise to   support conservation and recovery of biological diversity 456.11
consbio.org Executive Director 30
25 27 Growing Tree Children’s Center Bend Tammy Rundle 25 Year-round early   childhood education 453.8
thegrowingtree.org Executive Director 25
26 28 Sunstone Montessori School Portland Cathy Newman 21 Preschool and elementary   Montessori school 450.27
sunstonemontessori.org Head of School 21
27 24 Oregon Medical Association Portland Joanne K. Bryson 23 Physician membership   association 449.79
theoma.org EVP andCEO 23
28 NR The Next Door Hood River Janet Hamada 45 Prevention and treatment   services for children and families 449.6
nextdoorinc.org Executive Director 45
29 29 SMART (Start Making A Reader   Today) Portland Chris Otis 33 Recruits volunteers to   read one-on-one with pre-K to third-grade children 449.07
getsmartoregon.org Executive Director 33
30 26 Friends of Trees Portland Scott Fogarty 21 Tree planting and   community building 448.01
friendsoftrees.org Executive Director 21
31 23 Portland Community Reinvestment   Initiatives Portland Maxine Fitzpatrick 30 Affordable housing to   provide family stability, self-sufficiency 447.35
pcrihome.org Executive Director 30
32 NR Family Tree Relief   Nursery Albany Renee Smith 25 Child-abuse prevention   program 445.39
Executive   Director 25
33 16 HIV Alliance Eugene Diane Lang 38 Supports those living   with HIV/AIDS and prevents new infections 436.33
hivalliance.org Executive Director 38
1 2 Oregon Environmental Council Portland Andrea Durbin 17 Safeguards clean air and   water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food 537.33
oeconline.org Executive Director 17
2 NR Coquille Indian Housing Authority Coos Bay Anne F Cook 10 Indian housing programs 528.62
coquilleiha.org Executive Director 10
3 NR Aim High Academy of Martial Arts Beaverton Dan Sikkens 19 Martial arts education   and development for youth and adults 524.82
aimhighma.org Executive Director 19
4 7 Western Rivers Conservancy Portland Phil Wallin 11 Conservation of river   ecosystems through land acquisition 523.68
westernrivers.org President 14
5 20 Family Relief Nursery – Cottage   Grove Cottage Grove Heather Murphy 16 Child-abuse prevention   and therapeutic family support services 521.58
frncg.org Executive Director 16
6 4 Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Portland Kaleen Deatherage 9 Outdoor experiences for   individuals with disabilities for personal growth, inclusion 521.21
mhkc.org Executive Director 9
7 NR Friends of the Columbia Gorge Portland Kevin Gorman 13 Protects scenic,   natural, cultural and recreational resources in the Columbia Gorge 516.4
gorgefriends.org Executive Director 13
8 23 Macdonald Center Portland Patricia Janik 11 Outreach, housing,   support for low-income adults with disabilities 515.38
macdcenter.org Executive Director 11
9 16 Galt Foundation Salem Dennis Moore 10 Temporary staffing   services employing individuals with disabilities 515.25
galtfoundation.org Executive Director 20
10 30 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Portland Anna Plaster 14 Emergency food, rent and   utility assistance 513.66
svdppdx.org Executive Director 14
11 NR Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane   County Eugene Sari M. Pascoe, Ph.D. 11 Mentoring programs 508.34
bbbslane.org CEO 11
12 6 Northwest Pilot Project Portland Susan Emmons 15 Assists low-income   seniors in finding affordable housing and in living independently 508.32
nwpilotproject.org Executive Director 15
13 NR Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Otis Eric Vines 7 Art and ecology   workshops, artist residencies, annual contemporary art show 501.78
sitkacenter.org Executive Director 7
14 NR Portland Homeless Family Solutions Portland Brandi Tuck 14 Temporary emergency   shelter for homeless families with children, etc. 501.49
pdxhfs.org Executive Director 14
15 13 “I Have a Dream” Foundation –   Oregon Portland Mark Langseth 11 Helps low-income   children succeed in school and college 500.57
ihaveadreamoregon.org President andCEO 11
16 4 Valley Credit Union Salem Jean Wheat-Palm 18 Credit union serving the   health care and postal service fields 495.98
vhpecu.org President andCEO 18
17 NR Elders in Action Portland Leslie Foren 6 Quality-of-life advocacy   for older adults 494.59
eldersinaction.org Executive Director 6
18 NR Compassion First Beaverton Mike Mercer 3 Aftercare and legal   advocacy for child-sex trafficking survivors, police training, etc. 493.74
compassionfirst.org President 16
19 NR Gresham Chamber of Commerce Gresham Alison Hart 3 Chamber of commerce 493.22
greshamchamber.org CEO 3
20 NR Growing Gardens Portland Debra Lippoldt 8 Promotes home and school   food gardening 491.25
growing-gardens.org Executive Director 8
21 5 Playworks Portland Jonathan Blasher 19 Supports safe, healthy   and inclusive play and physical activity in schools 490.57
playworks.org Executive Director 450
22 NR Young Entrepreneurs Business Week Salem Kelly O’Brien 2 Entrepreneurship,   finance, career readiness, etc. for high school students 489.34
yebw.org Executive Director 2
23 NR Oregon Wild Portland Sean Stevens 11 Protecting and restoring   Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife and waters 486.23
oregonwild.org Executive Director 11
24 14 Sustainable Northwest Portland Martin Goebel 11 Nonpartisan support for   a community-oriented, conservation-based economy 485.89
sustainablenorthwest.org President 11
25 25 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Portland Jeanne Haster 18 Recruits full-time   volunteers for social service, env., school and health programs 485.87
jvcnorthwest.org Executive Director 18
26 NR Pacific Rivers Council Portland John Kober 6 River conservation 484.62
pacificrivers.org Executive Director 6
27 26 Portland Women’s Crisis Line Portland Rebecca Nickels 9 Domestic- and   sexual-violence intervention and response 483.62
pwcl.org Executive Director 9
28 NR Clean Energy Works Oregon Portland Derek Smith 18 Energy-efficiency   upgrades that create jobs and energy savings 482.85
cleanenergyworksoregon.org CEO 18
29 NR Caldera Portland Tricia Snell 17 Year-round youth-group   mentoring through the arts 482.68
calderaarts.org Executive Director 17
30 12 Northwest Catholic Counseling   Center Portland Erin Peters 17 Behavioral-health   services for all who seek counseling regardless of faith or finances 480.03
nwcounseling.org Executive Director 17
31 NR Centro LatinoAmericano Eugene Marcela Mendoza 11 Social services, mental   health and substance- abuse services for Latinos 479.28
centrolatinoamericano.org Executive Director 11
32 NR Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Springfield DeLeesa Meashintubby 18 Free medical services   for low-income, uninsured adults in Lane County 478
vim-clinic.org Executive Director 18
33 NR Jewish Federation of Greater   Portland Portland Marc N. Blattner 13 Fundraising and   community building 474.23
jewishportland.org President andCEO 13
34 33 Americans Overseas Domestic   Violence Crisis Center Portland Paula Lucas 11 Serving American victims   of abuse in foreign countries 471.25
866uswomen.org Executive Director 11


The survey was voluntary and free of charge. Participating nonprofits had to employ at least 10 Oregon workers (and/or volunteers who worked an average of 20 or more hours per month) at the time of the survey. Organizations were categorized as small if they had fewer than 20 Oregon employees; medium if they employed 20-49; and large if they employed 50 or more in Oregon. For the 2012 survey nearly 5,000 nonprofit workers rated their satisfaction with 169 organizations in 25 workplace qualities — five in each of the following categories:

  1. Work environment: scheduling, diversity, family balance, teamwork, fun, technology, policies and procedures
  2. Management and communications: treatment and feedback from supervisors, workplace communications, discipline for poor performance, rewards and acknowledgement for top performance
  3. Mission and goals: progress of mission, trust in management and board, employee involvement in decisions, community support, workplace pride
  4. Career development and learning: on-the-job training, off-site education and training, growth opportunities, promotion and advancement, job goals and expectations
  5. Benefits and compensation: adequacy and fairness of pay, health and wellness plan, retirement plan, paid time off and leave, opportunities for better pay and benefits


Organization representatives answered about 50 questions covering a comprehensive set of benefits including health and wellness, time off, family-friendly policies, work scheduling, incentives, retirement plans and culture.


The employee survey counted for 5/6 of a nonprofit’s score. For each organization, the average employee satisfaction rating was calculated in each of the five categories above on a scale of 0-100. The benefits survey was also scored on a 100-point scale, accounting for the remaining 1/6 of the overall score, resulting in a total possible score of 600.


  1. Eligibility: Any nonprofit 501(c)-type organization, government agency, association, hospital, credit union, etc., with at least 10 employees (and/or volunteers who work an average of 20 or more hours per month) in Oregon will be eligible to enter the 2013 survey. Organizations may be based outside the state but only their Oregon workers may participate.
  2. Survey period: The process for 2013’s list will begin in April and end in June 2013. There is no charge to participate, and organizations that do not make the list will remain anonymous. All participants that complete the process can obtain survey results.
  3. Submitting your workplace: Send an email with your name, title, phone number and email address to: [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  4. Mark your calendar: The sign-up link will be posted to www.oregon100best.com in April 2013.