DENVER/April 5, 2021 – Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit leader in advancing animal health, has been selected as one of The NonProfit Times’ 2021 Best Nonprofits to Work For, ranking 17th among small nonprofits and 35th overall. The national survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses.
“To be recognized as one of the top nonprofit organizations to work for in the country is such an honor, and a recognition in which we take incredible pride,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation President and CEO. “This last year hasn’t been easy, but we were able to continue to support critical animal health projects around the world. I have to thank our leadership team, staff members and Board of Trustees, all of whom came together to invest in a quality, supportive workplace, despite the challenges of the time.”
The survey and awards process is managed by Best Companies Group and winners are published by The NonProfit Times, the leading national business publication for nonprofit managers. Nonprofits from across the United States competed by entering a two-part survey process. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated organization's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics.
The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top nonprofits and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the ranking. The top list is made up of 50 organizations.
Like many other organizations and businesses, Morris Animal Foundation’s staff is working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the last year, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and leadership have made employee mental wellness and work/life balance a priority by providing programming to help with anxiety, depression, productivity, time management, tech support, healthy boundaries and positive thinking.
The Foundation also used creative ways to stay connected. They use virtual meeting platforms for regular check-ins and meetings, including virtual happy hours, holiday parties and game times. Staff also use an interactive messaging platform to share pet pictures, fun updates and humorous digital content, along with the Question of the Day to learn more about each other and discover areas of common interest.
Guiding the way through it all are the Foundation’s six core values - excellence, respect, compassion, collaboration, innovation and determination – that are at the heart of the organization’s culture and are the guideposts for staying true to its mission.
For more information on The Nonprofit Times’ Best Nonprofits To Work For program, visit www.BestNonprofitsToWorkFor.com.
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $136 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.