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Help Wanted: The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management "74% Initiative" Survey

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pittsburgh – If you work at a nonprofit organization in western Pennsylvania, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management needs your help.

Researchers at Robert Morris University are conducting a survey of both men and women who work at nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region as part of the Bayer Center’s ongoing project “74%: Exploring the Lives of Women in Nonprofits.”

The survey will take less than 15 minutes to finish. You can find a link to the survey at If at least 1,000 people complete the survey, those who do will be entered to win the latest iPad if they choose to share their email address.

Also, the Bayer Center is presenting a talk by author Terry Odendahl, editor of the book Women and Power in the Nonprofit Sector, at 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 17, at the Allegheny HYP Club in downtown Pittsburgh. The event costs $20, which includes lunch.

Odendahl’s work was a catalyst for the 74% initiative, a research and community awareness project that aims to narrow the wage gap and develop successful career models for women in nonprofits. The three-year project, launched in 2011, is being funded with grants from the Eden Hall Foundation and the Bayer USA Foundation.

The project grew out of the Bayer Center’s biennial nonprofit wage and benefit survey, conducted in conjunction with the United Way of Allegheny County. Nonprofit organizations employ 300,000 people in the Pittsburgh region, representing approximately 10 percent of the local economy. Women working in nonprofits locally make up 74 percent of the workforce, while earning only 74 percent of what men earn, which is how the project got its name.

Last year, the Bayer Center appointed a “Kitchen Cabinet” to advise the 74% initiative. That group includes Esther Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto; Deborah Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia; and RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. The 74% initiative also has conducted interviews and focus groups to guide its research.

The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University was founded in 1999 to provide the necessary tools for nonprofit organizations to effectively manage and compete in today's society. The center works with clients to assure that the money invested from public and private sources is efficiently and effectively spent to advance their charitable mission. The center offers consulting services and workshops in many areas including: board development, business planning, collaboration and alliances, financial management, fund development, organizational effectiveness, technology planning, and other management topics. For more information, go to

The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States.  With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large.  The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three Bayer corporate foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.

The Eden Hall Foundation is a private foundation established pursuant to the will of Sebastian Mueller, a Pittsburgh philanthropists and vice presidents and director of the H.J. Heinz Company.  The Eden Hall Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania through support of organizations whose missions address the needs and concerns of the area.