The Space Foundation, which kicks off its annual Space Symposium next week, is one of the best nonprofits in the nation to work for, according to a study by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group.
The Space Foundation was the only Colorado-based organization to make the list and ranked 19th out of the 50 organizations honored nation-wide.
"The Space Foundation team is the heart of all that we do, and we're proud of the professionalism and dedication of every one of our team members. We make workplace satisfaction a priority by promoting work-life balance and giving our people opportunity to grow with the organization," said Space Foundation Chief Executive Office Elliot Pulham.
The foundation said in a press release that organizations from across the nation entered the two-part process to determine the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated organization's workplace policies, practices and demographics, and gathering information from businesses that work with the organization. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking.
Established in 1983, the foundation is an international organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry - civil, commercial, military and intelligence. It promotes space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, including the symposium, which draws the A-list of experts from government, civilian and the private sector space programs.
This year the speakers include Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Featured speaker at the Thursday night dinner is P. J. O’Rourke, political satirist, journalist, author and H.L. Mencken Fellow at the Cato Institute.