RDI Again Named a 100 Best Nonprofit

Oregon Business magazine has named the tenth annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon, and RDI is honored to have been ranked #27 in the small-sized nonprofits category. The rankings were revealed during an awards dinner at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, and the list was published in the October issue of Oregon Business magazine. 
At this year's celebration, RDI's Executive Director Heidi Khokhar was featured in a panel discussion regarding how nonprofits can better tap business money. The panel also featured Tom Kelly, president of sustainable design build firm Neil Kelly. Kelly advised nonprofits looking for cash to build connections with employees who can then influence descision makers. He said, "Don't just call the CEO." Khokhar described an environmental, cultural, and economic turning point for nonprofits. “Because we’re going through a common struggle in this country," she said, "we have opportunities to support one another.”
Based on Oregon Business magazine’s widely regarded 100 Best Companies project, the nonprofit version was created to recognize a critical business sector that employs hundreds of thousands of people. The survey is considered a workplace best practices project which gives organizations an insight into their workforce. Organizations are ranked based on survey scores, and more than 5,000 employees from nonprofits throughout the state participated in this year’s survey. The project allows staff to voice their opinions confidentially about a wide variety of workplace aspects including work environment; management and communications; mission and goals; career development and learning; benefits and compensation; and sustainable practices, and includes a focus on equity.
This is the ninth consecutive year that RDI has been named a 100 Best Nonproft, and we prioritize feedback from the survey each year to identify and set priorities for improvement. Several policies we currently have in place are a direct result of input from past survey results. One such policy is RDI’s community service policy, which encourages our employees to become involved in their communities, lending their voluntary support to programs that positively impact the quality of life within these communities. RDI also supports the continuing professional development of our staff across all levels of the organization. These are just some of the strategies that make RDI one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon.
We are grateful to Oregon Business MagazineNonprofit Association of Oregon, and others who helped develop the survey and compile the results. We are also thankful to the rural communities we serve, and to our board and staff, who help RDI become a better place to work every day. We encourage all nonprofits that have ten or more employees and/or volunteers to participate next year. As our nonprofits improve, so will Oregon.
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