The Egyptian Theatre, in downtown DeKalb, was recently selected as
one of the 2023 Best Nonprofits to Work For by The NonProfit Times. The Times
has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify nonprofit organizations
where leaders have excelled in creating quality workplaces.
This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the
best employers in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry’s economy,
workforce and businesses. The list is made up of only 50 organizations across the
country, with the Egyptian Theatre ranking #26 overall and #13 in the small
To be considered for participation, organizations had to have been in business a
minimum 1 year, by a registered 501(c)(3) with a facility in the United States, and
have a minimum of 15 employees in the United States. Organizations then
participated in a rigorous evaluation process.
Nonprofits from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to
determine Best Nonprofits to Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each
nominated organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and
demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total
The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee
experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total
evaluation. The combined scores determined the top nonprofits and the final
ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey
process, analyzed the data and determined the ranking.
The Egyptian Theatre and its staff are excited to be named one of the top 50
organizations to work for in the country. Alex Nerad, Executive Director of the
Egyptian Theatre, states that “this was our first year applying for this distinction
and we are thrilled to be recognized. We know we have something special here at
the Egyptian and it is incredible to be identified as such on a national level.”
The Egyptian Theatre, like the rest of the arts and entertainment industry, over
the last few years has been devastated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the continued support of the community, dedicated volunteers, and
passionate staff, the theatre doors are back open and welcoming over 40,000
people a year.
“The board of directors are so proud of all the impact the Egyptian Theatre has
within the community,” stated Dan Schewe, Board President. “The impressive
results our small but mighty staff achieve is a reflection of our dedication to have
the best people in the right roles and treat them well. As a small non-profit, we
don’t have immense financial resources, so we continue to be creative in ways we
compensate and recognize our staff.”
The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is
owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. Annual support provided by First National Bank,
Northwestern Medicine, Shaw Media, and Tapa La Luna.
For more information on The Nonprofit Times’ Best Nonprofits to Work For
program, visit www.BestNonprofitstoWorkFor.com.