National Industries for the Blind Ranks Among Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in the Nation

APRIL 1, 2013, ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, was named one of the best nonprofits for which to work in the nation by The NonProfit Times.

The NonProfit Times’ 2013 “Best Nonprofits To Work For” study is a comprehensive assessment of how employees perceive their jobs, covering topics that range from leadership and compensation, to teamwork and work-life balance.

“To be recognized as one of the best nonprofits in the nation for which to work is a special honor,” said Kevin Lynch, NIB president and CEO. “This award reflects not only our workplace environment and culture, but also the passion and dedication NIB employees have in fulfilling our mission to create employment opportunities for people who are blind.”

“The Best Nonprofits To Work For” list identifies, recognizes and honors the 50 best places of employment in the nonprofit industry. NIB was ranked #15 on the list, which was published in a special edition of The NonProfit Times magazine.

Organizations from across the country entered the two-part process to determine the “Best Nonprofits To Work For.” The first part of the assessment, weighted at 25 percent, evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, and demographics. The second part of the assessment, weighted at 75 percent, measured the employee experience through an employee survey. The combined scores determined the top organizations.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of NIB. Since 1938, NIB has helped thousands of people who are blind actively participate in the workforce, advance their careers, and lead independent lives. Today, NIB and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies employ nearly 6,000 people who are blind.

“It’s particularly special to earn this recognition during our 75th anniversary year,” added Lynch. “This is an important achievement in NIB’s storied history, and we hope it will draw more attention to the capabilities of people who are blind.”

For more information on the “Best Nonprofits To Work For” program, visit For a complete list of winners, visit


About National Industries for the Blind
For 75 years, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has been focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its network of 91 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide serve as the largest employer for people who are blind by the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services through the AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act. For more information on NIB and its 75th anniversary, visit


Mike Johnson
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