New NAFE Report Reveals Women Make Up 38% of the Executives at Top Nonprofit Companies

Atlanta (February 8, 2012)—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced today that the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named the pediatric nonprofit as one of the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women.  A newly released report revealed that women hold 38% of the executive positions at the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies. The new report, conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute, also finds that women hold 27% of all board of director seats at the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies, compared with 16% across the Fortune 500.

The NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies lead corporate America in recruiting, retaining and advancing women.  Some findings from this year’s research include: women represent 74% of employees of these companies on average, all NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies offer management or leadership training to women, one hundred percent of the NAFE Top Nonprofit Companies have programs to identify and resolve wage-gap grievances.

“We are honored to be one of the few organizations chosen as a top nonprofit committed to recruiting, retaining and advancing women,” said Linda Matzigkeit, Chief Administration Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “With more than 80% female workforce at Children’s, we think it’s vital to foster a workplace that nurtures the most talented professionals, through both personal and career goals.”

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media and CEO of NAFE, says, "The nonprofit companies selected by NAFE represent what is best about the leadership of organizations who have set themselves up to move women through the pipeline.  They have given women executives the opportunity and have the women in top positions to prove it.”

The nonprofit organizations chosen are: Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Mercy Health System, Moffitt Cancer Center, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, TIAA-CREF, TriHealth, University at Buffalo, VCU Health System and WellStar Health System.

Betty Spence, PhD, president of NAFE, reports, “The key concern of talent executives at major companies today is women’s advancement to the highest ranks. NAFE emphasizes the importance of ensuring that women enter the leadership pipeline early and then have the training, exposure and sponsorship they need to succeed.” NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

Methodology:  The 2012 NAFE Top Companies application includes more than 250 questions on topics including female representation, hiring, attrition and promotion rates, access and usage of key retention and advancement programs. The application draws particular attention to the number of women at the highest ranks and those with profit-and-loss responsibility. To be considered, companies must have a minimum of two women on their boards of directors as well as at least 500 employees in the U.S.

For more information:
General Contact
Children's PR Team 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

About NAFE

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual Top Companies and the Women of Excellence lists. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of NAFE.

Tags: General News, Human Resources
Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2012