Gulf Coast Community Foundation repeats as a ‘Best Nonprofit To Work For’

Foundation ranked 17th on 2023 list of 50 nonprofits

For the sixth time, The NonProfit Times has recognized the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as one of the country’s “Best Nonprofits To Work For,” the Foundation has announced.

“The national publication ranked Gulf Coast 17th on its 2023 list of the 50 ‘Best Nonprofits To Work For,’ which was published in a special report on April 1,” a news release says. The Foundation placed 12th in the Small Employer Category (15 to 49 employees), the release adds.

Gulf Coast also received the “Best Nonprofit to Work For” recognition in 2010, 2011, 2017, 2020 and 2021, the release points out.

The NonProfit Times partners with Best Companies Group to vet the organizations whose leaders submit applications, the release adds. “The program is designed to recognize outstanding places of employment in the United States.”

“The ‘Best Nonprofits’ recognition is really a tribute to our supportive Board of Directors, our generous donors, and our resilient nonprofit partners,” said Gulf Coast President and CEO Mark Pritchett in the release. “Making this coveted list again solidifies Gulf Coast’s remarkable ability to connect philanthropists and community organizations that are helping people in need. It also shows the strength of our team,” Pritchett added.

The “Best Nonprofits” program, conducted annually by The NonProfit Times, is designed not only to identify the best employers in the nonprofit sector, the release continues, but also to “recognize leadership and strategies that can benefit the sector and those it serves. The results are based on a rigorous survey process open to nonprofits across the country. Selection of this year’s honorees was a months-long process,” the release explains.

One part of the survey asks staff members to react to 77 statements, the release notes. “Most of the organizations on the list survey staff at least annually to keep communication lines open,” it adds.

Along with the list ranking, the release says, “the ‘Best Nonprofits’ program offers participating organizations the opportunity to receive a benchmark report” that each can use “to further organizational and staff development.” That data is a particularly valuable reason to participate in the program, said Gulf Coast’s chief operating officer, Veronica Thames, the release notes.

“As an organization whose essence is to serve and improve our region, having an engaged, empowered, and supported team translates directly into meeting our mission, vision, and values,” Thames said in the release. “Our team rises above and beyond to provide meaningful impact to our communities every single day,” she continued. “I am thrilled and honored that we have received this special recognition.”

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