100 Best Companies to Work For 2012: Nonprofit Companies

| FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 

FIRST PLACE: Holy Names Academy

In 1880, the city of Seattle was little more than a rough-hewn timber town, replete with brothels, log booms and saloons—and one all-girls school. Holy Names Academy was founded that year by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and it has been educating some of Seattle’s finest young women ever since.

From the outside, Holy Names today appears to be rooted in its Catholic foundations: The domed exterior of the school’s neoclassical Capitol Hill building remains relatively unchanged from when it opened in 1908. But the structure of Holy Names has been evolving right along with the faculty, staff and student body. Original classrooms have been remodeled into spacious science labs. A gymnasium stands on former tennis courts. And a faculty that, in 1880, was composed entirely of Catholic nuns has evolved into a group of educators as diverse and multicultural as the student body itself.

How does Holy Names differentiate itself from other private schools in the Seattle area? “It’s the diversity of our community,” says Principal Liz Swift. “It’s the ethnic and the economic diversity of our students. And we have worked very hard to increase the ethnic diversity of our teaching staff.”

The academy’s benefits and perks make it easy to attract some of the best educators in the Pacific Northwest. Holy Names Academy’s faculty and staff receive fully paid medical and dental insurance, a ridiculously generous paid time off program and a summer sabbatical program that would make any teacher drool: All school employees are eligible for 10-, 20- and 30-year summer sabbatical grants equaling 15, 25 and 35 percent of their salaries, respectively.

Holy Names’ employees also reap the benefits of the employee-founded Active Club, which organizes healthy outings (hikes, bike rides and trips to farmers markets, for example) and frequent lunches. Add an annual Distinguished Teaching Award (good for a $2,500 stipend to the recipient), two annual retreats and an industry-best professional development program, and it’s easy to see why Holy Names is such a great place to work.

SECOND PLACE: Career Path Services

In healthy economies, job-placement organizations provide an important service. In hard times, they become vital. Career Path Services has been linking employers and workers in the Spokane Valley since 1971, and the organization is now more essential than ever. And Career Path Services doesn’t limit its focus to would-be workers and help-starved employers. It treats its own employees with some of the industry’s best benefits and perks, including full medical, dental and vision coverage; a compressed four-day workweek; excellent health and wellness reimbursements; and an annual team entry in Spokane’s famed Bloomsday Run.

THIRD PLACE: Sightlife

SightLife brings vision to those who need it most. It has been providing crucial cornea-banking services since 1969, linking donated corneas with needy individuals in the Pacific Northwest and California. (SightLife’s donated corneas cure blindness in 30 people each day.) The organization, which aims to eliminate cornea blindness worldwide, is saturated with a spirit of service: In addition to receiving fully covered medical insurance, a generous 401(k) employer match and ample opportunities for professional development, employees are able to donate their paid vacation time to coworkers in need.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
| FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 
 
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.