American Councils Ranks Among 50 Best Nonprofits To Work For

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American Councils for International Education was recently ranked 37 in Nonprofit Times’ "50 Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For” in the entire United States!

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Our talented staff is American Councils' most important asset, and I am delighted that our organization has been recognized for its efforts to reward and encourage the outstanding team we have working here and overseas.

American Councils for International Education was recently named to Nonprofit Times’ second annual list of the "50 Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For” in America, a prestigious group that includes the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council. American Councils placed 37th in the ranking, and 13th out of 20 medium-sized organizations.

Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils noted, "We are very pleased to be included among this group of industry leaders. Our talented staff is American Councils' most important asset, and I am delighted that our organization has been recognized for its efforts to reward and encourage the outstanding team we have working here and overseas."

American Councils employs a full-time, professional staff of 401 people in 24 countries across Southeastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. The 122 employees at American Councils' headquarters enjoy a modern, new office in the heart of Washington, DC, an on-site fitness center, an education-expense reimbursement program and many other incentives. As a result, American Councils employees are loyal and productive. Annual turnover is just 3.4% in an industry in which 21% is normal (according to Philanthropy Journal, 2008).

According to the publisher of Nonprofit Times, the assessment was a two-part process. In part one, employers completed a questionnaire about nonprofit policies, practices and demographics. In part two, employees completed a confidential survey of approximately 72 statements they rated on a five-point agreement scale. The results were analyzed and categorized according to eight core focus areas: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits and overall engagement. The information collected from the two instruments was then combined to produce a set of data, which survey analysts used to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating nonprofits, and to assign rankings.

To be considered for participation, organizations had to be 501(c) 3 organizations with a facility in the United States, have a minimum of one year in business and at least fifteen employees.
For a complete list of the “50 Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For,” visit Nonprofit Times' website.

About American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals, American Councils for International Education advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs that are well grounded in key world languages, cultures and regions. American Councils contributes to the creation of new knowledge, broader professional perspectives, and personal and intellectual growth through international training, academic exchange, collaboration in educational development, and public diplomacy. With a presence in the U.S., Russia and Eurasia for nearly four decades, in addition to representation in over thirty countries across Asia, the Middle East and Southeastern Europe, American Councils strives to expand dialog among students, scholars, educators and professionals for the advancement of learning and mutual respect in the diverse communities and societies in which we work. For more information, visit American Councils' website.

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