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Kessler Foundation Ranks among Best Nonprofits to Work For and Best Places to Work in New Jersey

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East Hanover, N.J. April 16, 2020Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, has once again been placed among the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the U.S. and Best Places to Work in New Jersey. The awards were announced earlier this month by the Nonprofit Times and NJBIZ.

“These workplace recognitions are welcome news as the COVID-19 pandemic tests our resilience,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “In the spirit of these awards, we are pushing ahead with our research and philanthropic activities in a landscape that has suddenly and radically changed. With renewed resolve, our staff is adapting to this new reality. Their response reflects our long-term investment in our employees and the resources they need to change the lives of people with disabilities.”

Kessler Foundation employs 160 people at its New Jersey locations in East Hanover and West Orange. Foundation scientists conduct rehabilitation research that improves the lives of individuals with disabilities caused by neurological illness and injury, musculoskeletal diseases, and breast cancer. The Foundation strives to help people regain function, and participate fully at home, in the community, and in the workplace. Because employment is essential to achieving independence, the Foundation has awarded more than $47 million in grants to innovative initiatives across the nation that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Recently, emergency funding has been made available to current grantees affected by the public health crisis.   

“Given future uncertainties, the work we do is more important than ever,” affirmed DeRose, “We weathered the recession of 2008 with our employees as our top priority. We plan to do the same as we move forward together through this crisis.”

Best Nonprofits to Work For Award

For the nonprofit recognition, organizations were evaluated for leadership, corporate culture, employee engagement, and satisfaction. Kessler Foundation is ranked number 25 out of 27 in the medium category (50-249 employees), and number 48 overall. The 50 top nonprofits are listed in this digital edition of The NonProfit Times:

Best Places to Work in New Jersey Award

NJBIZ lists Kessler Foundation among the Best Places to Work in New Jersey in the medium category (15-249 employees). Each company’s ranking will be revealed at NJBIZ’s annual awards reception and ceremony, which was rescheduled to September 17, 2020 at iPlay America’s Event Center in Freehold, NJ. For a complete list of the 2020 Best Places to Work in New Jersey program, visit

The Best Companies Group managed registration, administered surveys, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings for both The NonProfit Times and NJBIZ awards.

About Kessler Foundation:

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes—including employment—for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation also leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Submitted by nmiller on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:47