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Five not-for-profits earn Best Workplaces for Innovators recognition

The D.C. area dominates this list of not-for-profits that impressed Fast Company editors with their ongoing efforts to encourage internal innovation.

Five not-for-profits earn Best Workplaces for Innovators recognition
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This year for the first time, Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators is recognizing outstanding organizations in six different categories, including these five not-for-profits.

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Finalists

AARP
Washington, D.C.

It’s annual enterprise-wide pitch competition identifies great ideas from staff at all levels, and winners work with the innovation labs team to develop new products.

American Red Cross
Washington, D.C.

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A nimble internal culture of innovation enabled the organization to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions in real time and continue providing disaster relief, including safe plasma and shelter.

CAF America
Alexandria, VA

As its staff transitioned to remote work, Charities Aid Foundation America supported employees with a minimum of $1500 each to set up home offices, plus another $500 for personal investment, which went to everything from additional equipment to, in one case, puppy adoption.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New York

The Society’s Team North Star creates and refines processes for identifying and cultivating new ideas across the organization.

Truth Initiative
Washington, D.C.

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The anti-tobacco organization is committed to serious research, and in the last 24 months its employees have published 18 articles on vaping in such journals as JAMA Pediatrics and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Read more about Fast Company‘s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021.