The national office of Communities In Schools (CIS), the organization that works inside schools empowering at-risk students to achieve in school and succeed in life, is ranked No. 2 overall on the national list of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For“ by The NonProfit Times (NPT), the country’s leading publisher of news, information and research about the nonprofit industry. The list is compiled after participating employers submit a nomination containing an employee survey and a profile of their benefits, culture, compensation, workplace policies and demographics.
In 2015, the first year that CIS National appeared in the rankings, the organization ranked No. 15. It ranked No. 10 last year.
Dale Erquiaga, the president and CEO of the national office of Communities In Schools, called this year’s second-place overall ranking a great honor. He credited the national office staff and CIS National Board for creating and cultivating a positive workplace culture that is worthy of national recognition.
“No other group of professionals in our nation is working harder to positively change the future for at-risk young people,” said Erquiaga. “I joined this organization just five months ago and I am so humbled to be part of a team that lives up to its core values every day in the workplace.”
The NPT’s 2017 Best Nonprofits To Work For heard these top 10 key drivers from employees of the 50 organizations that made the list:
The recognition of the national office of Communities In Schools as a best nonprofit to work for, coincides with the celebration of the organization’s 40-year anniversary.
CIS, founded by Bill Milliken in the late 1960’s and officially incorporated in 1977, started as a dropout prevention program for at-risk youth in several cities across the country. Over its four decades it has grown into a network of 155 affiliates in suburban, urban and rural communities across 25 states and the District of Columbia. Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.5 million young people in 2,300 district and charter schools each year. 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.
Working directly in more than 2,350 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 2016-2017 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.6 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.