Arlington, Va. - April 1, 2015 - Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, has been ranked No. 15 on a national list of the top 50 best nonprofits to work for by The NonProfit Times, the country’s leading publisher of news, information and research about the nonprofit industry. CIS ranked 5th on the list of medium-sized organizations.
The annual ranking, released today, provides employers with detailed feedback from their employees in the areas of professional development, compensation and benefits, work culture, satisfaction with leadership and strategic planning. The process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) in Harrisburg, Pa., an independent workplace research firm. More than 10,000 employees working for the nominated organizations were surveyed.
Communities In Schools is a network of 160 locally operated affiliates in 26 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 1.5 million students across 2,400 schools. Working directly inside those schools, CIS site coordinators identify students at risk of dropping out, assess what non-academic barriers are preventing them from learning and then connect them with community services. Those services might include food, clothing, housing, medical and dental care, mental health services, tutoring and mentoring. The CIS model of support, known as wraparound services or integrated student supports, has been found to effectively decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.
Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali called the honor a special recognition of the CIS community across the country.
“Every day more than 4,000 dedicated staff members and 42,000 volunteers offer their passion and perseverance to make a difference in the lives of students,” said Cardinali. “They are doing whatever it takes to change the picture of education in our country. For them, this work is a calling and we are deeply honored that they find this work fulfilling and that CIS has created a workplace environment that allows them to develop, grow and remain engaged.”
In November, Communities In Schools also appeared for the first time in the NonProfit Times Top 100 - an annual survey of the nation's largest nonprofits. CIS also continues to be recognized for its financial accountability, transparency and sound business practices, earning the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal, a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and recognition from Guide Star Exchange and Philanthropedia.
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.