Playworks Los Angeles #33 Best Nonprofit to Work For in 2012

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Darlene Kiyan, executive director of Playworks Los Angeles, believes she knows what doesn’t attract would-be employees.

“They don’t come here for the pay or the benefits,” said Kiyan, whose organization was number 14 in the Small Organizations category and 33 overall in The NonProfit Times’ 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2012. It’s all about mission.

For the second year in a row, Wounded Warrior Project was selected the best nonprofit for which to work, as well as being at the top of the Medium Organization list.

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three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

March 30, 2022

Playworks Celebrates Women’s History Month ›

Playworks Southern California celebrates Women Leaders who have contributed to the Power of 25 years of Play. During this month, meet remarkable female leaders who strive to ensure that every student on the playground feels valued and heard. Throughout Southern California, these women have contributed to empowering students, especially young girls, to get in the…

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Group of children

January 18, 2022

Playworks Receives Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Grant ›

DAVE ROBERTS CONGRATULATES PLAYWORKS AS A FOURTH QUARTER DODGERS FOUNDATION GRANTEES  Playworks Southern California was among 11 Los Angeles nonprofit organizations that received a video message from Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager, congratulating them on receiving grant funds from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Today 11 LA nonprofit organizations received this video…