Wacif Recognized as one of the Nation’s Best Nonprofit Places to Work

Nonprofit Times award celebrates Wacif’s culture, benefits, and staff development, places Wacif among top 15 nonprofit organizations in the country

Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2022) — Nonprofit Times announced that Wacif is among the 2022 Best Nonprofit Places to Work For. Placing the organization 13th nationwide as a best place to work, this award reflects Wacif’s commitment to develop a great place to work, and builds on Wacif’s successes in recent years, including: being named Nonprofit of the Year in Washington, D.C.one of the region’s best nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, and winning the Citizenship Award from the Washington Business Journal for best-in-practice regional innovator in partnership development.

“This recognition from the Nonprofit Times is particularly gratifying because it reflects the efforts of our whole team to build an outstanding place to work, ” said Wacif CEO Harold B. Pettigrew Jr. “From human capital, to strategy development and execution, this award recognizes our team’s total commitment to delivering on our mission and driving impact with small businesses across the region.”

In putting together its 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, the Nonprofit Times evaluates nonprofits nationwide against 10 key drivers, including: how staff feel valued by the organization, confidence in organizational leadership, compensation and benefits, and organizational commitment to quality. According to the Nonprofit Times, Wacif and the other 2022 honorees truly differentiated themselves in the areas of culture and communications, compensation and benefits, and leadership.

This award also reflects Wacif’s core values of stewardship and accountability. In the last two years alone, Wacif has deployed more than $30 million in capital (grants and loans), launched innovative new business centers, and helped create or retain thousands of local jobs. Wacif’s public, private, and philanthropic partners are core to the organization’s impact and trajectory.

“Awards are gratifying for our organization and our partners, but perhaps most importantly they are another platform to lift up our mission,” said Wacif Chief Development and Communications Officer Brendon Miller. “We are thankful to the Nonprofit Times for this award and will use it to accelerate how we drive equity and economic opportunity in the D.C. region.”


About the Washington Area Community Investment Fund

Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan’s area’s leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on small business development. Wacif’s mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area by investing knowledge, social, and financial capital in low-and-moderate-income entrepreneurs. To learn more about Wacif’s mission, visit www.wacif.org