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Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management Celebrates 10 Years of Building Strong Nonprofits 

Pittsburgh — The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University will mark its 10-year anniversary of service to the region’s nonprofit community with a celebration from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in downtown Pittsburgh. Highlighting the evening will be an original theatrical performance by Bricolage Production Company, commissioned specially for the event.

Initiated by a gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to RMU, The Bayer Center strives to ensure that nonprofits have access to good practice, tools, information, education and research, and that they understand how to be well-managed. The center serves a 10-county region and, since its inception, it has worked with more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations.

“The Bayer Center works with nonprofits to help ensure that the money they receive from both public and private sources is efficiently and effectively spent to advance their charitable mission,” said Executive Director Peggy Outon. “As government has gotten smaller, services it once provided are now being delivered by nonprofits. Society’s need for the nonprofit solution is urgent.”

The Bayer Center offers consulting services in many areas, including board development, business planning, collaboration and alliances, financial management, fund development, organizational effectiveness and technology planning. It also offers workshops on such topics as collaboration, technology, innovative financing, human resources and marketing.

The center also provides information and referral services, conducts applied research and convenes in-depth discussions on the societal problems addressed by nonprofit organizations. It further works to build mutually beneficial partnerships rather than donor-recipient connections.
“I always say that nonprofits build strong communities,” Outon said. “We (the Bayer Center) help to build strong nonprofits.”