Annual list recognizes organizations that strive to make adoption a supported option for every working parent
Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption today released its 12th annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list recognizing organizations with the most robust adoption benefit programs. The list compares financial reimbursement and paid leave offered to parents who adopt, based on surveys of organizations across the United States. NVIDIA is new atop the 2018 list.
A Santa Clara, CA-based artificial intelligence company, NVIDIA offers all full and part-time employees unlimited financial aid to cover the cost of an adoption. The company also provides up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave to women and men welcoming an adopted child into their home.
“Our CEO and leadership team are committed to helping employees do their life’s best work here. With that comes an understanding that employees have different needs through life, and we look for ways to support our people,” said Beau Davidson, vice president of employee experience at NVIDIA. “When we looked at our family forming benefits, we decided it was imperative for us to help employees build families across all support programs and to do so equitably.”
More than 25 years ago, Dave Thomas led an initiative advocating for better adoption benefits in the workplace. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has carried that legacy forward through its signature Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. The 2018 list includes a diverse group of organizations, with six to nearly 500,000 employees, representing 22 industries.
“An increasing number of organizations are recognizing that providing adoption benefits is, in the words of Dave Thomas, ‘the right thing to do’ not only to grow stronger families, but also to build an organizational culture that promotes loyalty, productivity and employee wellbeing,” shared Rita Soronen, president & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “I applaud NVIDIA’s leadership for their remarkable commitment to supporting families who adopt, and I want to thank all the organizations on the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list for helping to create brighter futures for children who need our help the most.”
“Our founder, Dave Thomas, was adopted and finding a permanent, loving home for children in foster care is at the heart of the Wendy’s system,” said Todd Penegor, president & CEO of The Wendy’s® Company and vice chair of the board of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “At Wendy’s, we’re not just a brand, we’re a family. And I’m proud that our Wendy’s family members are able to grow their families through our Company adoption benefits. Congratulations to the new number one adoption-friendly workplace, NVIDIA, for doing the right thing by offering best in class adoption benefits to your employees.”
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption also recognizes employers by size, industry, best paid leave and foster care benefits. View the complete 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list for 2018 and other adoption resources for employers.
About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org.