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Space Foundation is on Best Organizations List

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

 The Space Foundation, the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry, has been designated by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group as among the Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work for 2011.

The Space Foundation was the only Colorado organization to make the list and ranked number 19 out of the 50 organizations honored. Survey results from the Space Foundation's 44 team members were key to determining the organization's ranking.

"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 offering our team excellent benefits, by promoting work-life balance and giving our people opportunity to grow with the organization," said Space Foundation Chief Executive Office Elliot Pulham.

According to Best Companies Group, 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. That part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey of management and staff to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation, and the combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking.

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry - civil, commercial, military and intelligence. Founded in 1983, the nonprofit organization is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium which kicks off April 11, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla.

About Space Foundation Education Programs
The Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals - and building the overall technological strength of the nation - through a wide variety of programs that stimulate students' interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

A key component of the program is the Space Across the Curriculum courses, week-long teacher professional development classes that focus on national standards and STEM principles. The courses are held at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., and at selected school districts across the nation. The experiential, hands-on courses offer PreK-12 educators with space-related knowledge and lessons that are instantly transferable to the classroom. Participants can earn continuing education credits or graduate credits that apply towards master's degrees in multiple related disciplines. The STARS Program is a hands-on student science enrichment program that is customized to meet schools' specific academic needs.

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This article is part of Space Watch: April 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 4).

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