People care about companies that seek to do good and make a positive social impact. In a recent survey, 87% of Americans said they would purchase a product because a company advocated for an issue they care about. Meanwhile, 64% of CEOs say that corporate social responsibility is core to their business, with companies focusing on building it into their culture.
However, there are also organizations for which doing good is their entire reason to be.
While corporate companies can practice social responsibility through sponsorships, donations or even offering employees paid time off to volunteer, those who choose to work at nonprofit organizations spend 100% of their time dedicated to making a difference.
There are a lot of myths surrounding nonprofit work, such as the belief that there’s no clear career path or that the work mainly involves unpaid, service-related tasks. In reality, the nonprofit sector is the third-largest employer in the country following the retail trade industry and manufacturing industry. Employees at nonprofits also have many opportunities to learn and grow in fields ranging from web design to accounting, communications, IT, lobbying and more.
Working at a nonprofit can be a profoundly rewarding experience. But which are our top-rated workplaces in the sector this year? Our data analytics team looked beyond the news headlines, analyzing data from over 100 million ratings and reviews listed on Indeed Company Pages to find out.
Communities in Schools jumps from fifth spot to first
There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the US, spanning a range of causes. However, at the top of the list we see educational nonprofit Communities in Schools (CIS). CIS, which aims to build relationships with at-risk students and encourage them to stay in school, jumped from its number-five place last year to claim the number-one spot.
Employees in CIS work directly in 2,300 schools in 25 states and DC to help 1.56 million students (as of last year) live up to their full potential, and they are clearly doing a good job of it, as 93% of CIS seniors graduated high school or received a GED in the 2016-2017 school year.
In fact, eight of our 20 top-rated nonprofits target youths, such as the number-two-ranked Boy Scouts of America, which jumped two places up from last year’s rankings. The BSA was founded in 1910 with the goal of training young boys in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance.
Famous alumni include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., legendary film director Steven Spielberg and Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. Recently, the BSA announced it would drop “Boy” from its name and start welcoming older girls to the organization next year, as well as start accepting younger girls into the Cub Scouts.
Finishing in third place is the International Rescue Committee, which makes its debut in our Top-Rated Workplaces rankings. The global humanitarian aid and relief organization was initially founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein after he and thousands of…