Episode 26: Best Nonprofits To Work For

“I feel I am valued in this organization.”

“I can trust what this organization tells me.”

“Most days, I feel I have made progress at work.”

Those are three of the top 10 drivers identified in the 2020 Best Nonprofits To Work For. The special report appears annually in the April edition of The NonProfit Times.


Caroline Espree, vice president, human resources and administration, at the National Older Worker Career Center, is the guest on this month’s episode of the Fresh Research podcast.

The Arlington, Va.-based organization regularly finds itself among those recognized in The NonProfit TimesBest Nonprofits To Work For special report, so who better to talk to about what exactly makes a Best Nonprofit To Work For? This year is no different as the NOWCC nabbed the No. 1 spot yet again — both among small organizations and overall. It also has ranked No. 1 in the past, including 2014 and 2015. NOWCC “provides government agencies experienced workers using cost-effective, flexible, innovative and contemporary staffing options.”

The Best Nonprofits To Work For are ranked and broken down by size, with the help of Best Companies Group in Harrisburg, Pa. Small organizations are those that have between 15 and 49 employees; medium organizations are those with 50 to 249 employees; and large organizations have 250 or more employees. The special report surveys nonprofits and their employees on 78 questions and statements across eight categories.

Responses are then compiled into an Employee Benchmark Report (EBR), which breaks out the percentage of positive responses (“agree somewhat” and “agree strongly”) for those organizations that were the Best Nonprofits and those that did not make the cut, as well as by category of small, medium and large organizations.

The Best Nonprofits report also an Employer Benchmark Summary. These data present average responses to 85 questions and statements about various benefits offerings by nonprofit organizations that participated in the survey.