To be eligible for consideration, nonprofits must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in business a minimum of 1 year
  • Must be a nonprofit organization with 501 (c) 3 status*
  • Have a facility in the United States
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees in the United States**
  • An organization may enter as a group of nonprofits or as an individual organization as long as each participating organization is a separate legal entity (separate subsidiary).  Branch offices may not enter separately from their parent nonprofit unless they are separate legal entities.

  • Example: The United Way may enter as the national nonprofit organization or it may enter as a separate local affiliate. Example: United Way of America (national) or United Way of the Capital Region (local).

    In addition, if an organization enters several of its subsidiaries as separate entries, and one or more of those organizations make the list, the winning organization(s) will be listed without mentioning the parent organization, even if the legal name of the entity includes the parent organization. We encourage companies to complete the registration form and survey process as one complete entity.

    For example, if St Peter’s Health System – Spring Hill Clinic (Basking Ridge, NJ) and St Peter’s Health System – Maple Valley Physician’s Group (Morristown, NJ) make the list, they would simply be listed as Spring Hill Clinic - Basking Ridge, NJ and Maple Valley Physician’s Group - Morristown, NJ.

    This naming requirement does not apply to affiliates of national organizations like the American Heart Association or United Way.

* Organizations that fall under 501(c)(3), (c)(4) or (c)(6) can apply to compete for the Best Nonprofits To Work For with a few exceptions.  Management support organizations and consultancies formed under a tax-exempt umbrella cannot compete for inclusion in the list.  If an applicant falls into these areas, the editors have the right to exclude such organizations from consideration.

The Non-Profit Times reserves the right to determine a company's eligibility based on whether their corporate principles and ethos align with the standards set forth by The Non-Profit Times.

**  To ensure credibility, organizations having 15-24 employees must have an 80% or better response rate on the employee survey.

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