Starr Commonwealth Ranked 7th Best Nonprofit to Work For in U.S.

Starr Commonwealth has been ranked as the seventh best nonprofits to work for in 2020 by The NonProfit Times.

This is the first time the leader in healing trauma and building resilience in children was named to the list, which is compiled in conjunction with Best Companies Group and recognizes organizations that are leaders in creating quality workplaces. Of 50 nonprofits recognized on this year’s list, Starr Commonwealth ranks seven out of 50 nonprofits nationwide.

Honorees submit a survey, which evaluates an organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. Employees are also given a survey to measure their experience.

Best Nonprofits to Work For were those like Starr that scored exceptionally high when it came to leadership and planning, culture and communications, work environment, pay and benefits and other key factors.

“Creating environments for individuals to thrive has been critical to our mission for more than 100 years – that same concept applies when it comes to our team,” said President and CEO Elizabeth Carey. “We are extremely intentional in building a culture that celebrates success, develops careers and fulfills professional goals. We are thrilled to be seventh in this list of strong, like-minded nonprofit organizations that are shaping a better world for those we serve.”

From its headquarters in Albion, Michigan, Starr Commonwealth blends three key focuses – healing trauma, addressing racism and encouraging positive growth – into a comprehensive model of working with youth that is unique in the nation. Unlike other agencies that focus on trauma and resilience, Starr offers tangible tools for teachers, social workers, healthcare professionals and others on the front line of working with children.

Through its training and coaching programs, childcare professionals, clinicians, educators and parents have access to Starr’s highly successful and innovative techniques aimed at bringing out the best in every child, parent and community. Many of its classes are available online.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Starr Commonwealth has donated more than 35,000 downloads of one of its most popular online education courses, “Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools,” to support teaching trauma-informed care protocols to K-12 educators around the country. Over the past three weeks, Starr has reached teachers in public, private and parochial schools in all 50 states and 63 countries with this free course, which offers proactive strategies such as fostering connections, prioritizing social and emotional skills, establishing safety and promoting play.

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By Matt Ray

About Starr Commonwealth

Starr Commonwealth is dedicated to the mission to lead with courage to create positive experiences so that all children, families, and communities flourish. We specialize in residential, community-based, educational, and professional training programs that build on the strengths of children, adults, and families in communities around the world. To schedule a training or consultation, please contact or call 800-837-5591.