The Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award is the only “Made-in-Canada” recognition for the nonprofit sector. Consider applying today on behalf of your organization.

One half of the Award relies on input from the employees themselves who are able to provide their confidential comments in a secure online survey, ensuring that the results are authentic. The Employer of Choice survey questionnaire engages employees powerfully and shows staff are being listened to. Ongoing, two-way communication throughout the process builds trust, commitment, and loyalty.

Osborne Group principal Judy Fantham has experienced the power of participating in the award process firsthand. Judy describes her experience in the following testimonial:

In 2018, I was asked to take on the leadership of a small, nonprofit agency in deep trouble. Where to start? I sensed staff had become afraid to tell truth to power, so I relied on the Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award to learn that truth because I trusted the NEOC brand. I anticipated low scores, and that was what we heard. The truth was difficult to hear but the organization needed a baseline because we were determined to turn around the agency for both staff and clients. They deserved it!

The NEOC leadership delivered the truth constructively and provided an objective, third-party foundation for the recommended action plan. A year later, we were recognized with a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award! Today I am consulting with other nonprofit organizations as a principal with The Osborne Group. I can tell you – from the heart – that the NEOC award improved staff morale with measurable results, helped recruit in a tough sector, and everyone’s efforts were commended by the board for a job well done.

The Osborne Group supports the NEOC Award program and encourages you to apply on behalf of your organization before October 31, 2023!  The Osborne Group is pleased to support the NEOC Awards and is actively engaged with the awards team to explore how to draw on its depth of experience to add more value to applicants.