May 25, 2018
Three Mass. Nonprofits Among Top 50 to Work for in the U.S.

April 1, 2017 — Three eastern Massachusetts nonprofits, each employing fewer than 30 people, have been named among the 50 best nonprofit organizations to work for in the United States, according to a newly published ranking.

The listing, The 2017 Best Nonprofits To Work For, compiled by The NonProfit Times (NPT) and published today, cites the following:
  • Crossroads, Duxbury, which provides a range of programs for under-resourced youth living in eastern Massachusetts, with 27 employees, was ranked no. 11 nationally, and no. 4 among small nonprofits, organizations with 15 – 49 U.S. employees.

  • Interfaith Family (IFF), Newton, which supports interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities, with 26 employees, was ranked no. 12 nationally, and no. 5 among small nonprofits.

  • NeedyMeds, Gloucester, which provides information to help people afford medications and health care, with 27 employees, was ranked no. 29 nationally, and no. 9 among small nonprofits.
Employee pride, recognition, and communication were identified as "difference makers among small organizations," according to the publication.

Crossroads, NPT noted, "attempts to promote useful communication and ownership among employees in a number of ways. For one, programming takes place out-of-office in camps in Boston, so Crossroads conducts quarterly all-staff meetings in which employees from all departments can learn about goings-on across the organization. A Google Doc that can be accessed by all is also being worked on with the idea that the running document will be able to highlight topics discussed in various meetings across departments."

The analysis used the following top 10 key drivers for assessing employee perceptions:
  • I feel I am valued in this organization;
  • I have confidence in the leadership of this organization;
  • I like the type of work that I do;
  • Most days, I feel I have made progress at work;
  • At this organization, employees have fun at work;
  • I can trust what this organization tells me;
  • Overall, I’m satisfied with this organization’s benefits package;
  • There is room for me to advance at this organization;
  • I like the people I work with at this organization; and,
  • I feel part of a team working toward a shared goal.
Organizations that made the list tended to score near 90% across all categories while those that did not scored anywhere from 70% to as low as the middle 80s, the publication reported.

One of the statements where Best Nonprofits diverged from others was: “This organization gives enough recognition for work that is well done.” About 84% responded positively to that statement compared with just 66% among organizations that didn’t make the list, according to NPT.

Crossroads was founded in 1936 as the Boys and Girls Camps to provide Boston-area youth with the opportunity to enjoy a residential camp experience during the summer months. In 1998, it adopted its current name to reflect its transition toward more comprehensive services that go beyond residential summer camp. Today, to help close the opportunity and achievement gap facing under-resourced young people, it provides students with school year programs aimed at helping them become economically independent citizens, socially responsible leaders, and emotionally connected adults.

Since starting independent operations in January 2002, IFF has grown from an exclusively Internet content and connections resource to providing trainings for clergy and program providers and to offering programs in local communities. In addition to providing Jewish resources and content, online and in print, it advocates for attitudes, policies, and practices that Jewish organizations and leaders can use to engage and include interfaith families within Jewish communities.

Since its founding in 1997, NeedyMeds has been a centralized resource for information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, becoming a premier source of information on all types of programs that assist people who can't afford their medications or health care costs. More than 1.3 million patients, family members, healthcare professionals, social workers and patient advocates use the NeedyMeds website each year.

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