Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management

"Creativity is like a puzzle, and people contribute different pieces to create a bigger picture."  ~Kermit The Frog

Nonprofits build strong communities. We build strong nonprofits.

We’re part of a university. We live the nonprofit life. We give you the time you need.

These are the things that set us apart, and are why thousands of organizations have come to trust the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University as a comprehensive resource for education, consulting, research, and hands-on solutions for nonprofit management.

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Every one of our solutions is a custom solution.

At the Bayer Center, we build a stronger community by helping to build stronger, more knowledgeable nonprofits. We do this through collaboration, patience and relationships, combined with decades of diverse success experience.


Our approach to education is to stay on top of what’s happening in the sector, plan for what’s going to happen, listen to you, and offer the ever-adapting menu of classes you see on our website.


Our approach to consulting is, when time permits and circumstances warrant, to enter into a process that builds mutual trust and respect and long-lasting results. And when time doesn’t permit, to help you deal with crisis in the instant and on the ground.

Thought Leadership

Our approach to thought leadership is to leverage our role as a Robert Morris University center, and to listen to you – through conversations, research, and community gatherings – to bring together the best thinking on how our sector can most effectively enhance our community.

About the Bayer Center

At the Bayer Center, we work with you: To provide effective and practical management and governance tools, information, education and research that strengthen nonprofit missions and multiply all investments of time, talent and money in regional nonprofit organizations.

In 23 years of service to the nonprofit community, the Bayer Center has completed over 2,550 consulting engagements and educated over 14,000 students. Our consulting clients include human service, arts, faith-based, community development, environmental and education organizations with budgets ranging from $100,000 or less to more than $50,000,000. Our intensive and customized Management, Governance, Financial and Technology consulting services are designed to educate leaders and have resulted in:

Higher functioning governing boards
Enhanced financial planning and management
Heightened brand awareness
Increased partnerships and strategic alliances
More effective approaches to fundraising
Better informed, evidence-based decisions for future directions
More capable nonprofit leaders and organizations
Effective management information systems
Prudent software choices and website design
A strategic approach to decision-making

The Bayer Center also offers extensive management education on topics in nonprofit management, finance, governance and technology.

We also provide information and referral services; conduct applied research initiatives; convene in-depth discussions on issues relevant to the nonprofit sector; and, through the ESC program, provide accomplished retired corporate professionals as consultants to assist nonprofits with a broad range of advisory services.


The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University will provide effective and practical management and governance tools, information, education and research that strengthen nonprofit missions and multiply on all investments of time, talent and money made in regional nonprofit organizations.


On behalf of the community, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management:

  • Relentlessly pursues excellence.
  • Champions leaders that extend, expand and push our community forward with intelligence, wit, and wisdom.
  • Strives to instill sound, ethical business practices that capitalize on the community's investment of time, talent and funds.
  • Cultivates an engaged, diverse pool of talented community leaders who hunger for a more just and humane world.
  • Flourishes by working with partners - strong leaders and wise philanthropic investors.
  • Lives the nonprofit life with its real management and governance challenges.

We are an active verb.


The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is proud and privileged to be a part of Robert Morris University.  There are several advantages to our University home:

  • Access to world-class faculty and dedicated students as resources for our work on your behalf.
  • Expert researchers to aid and guide our own nonprofit research efforts.
  • Perhaps most importantly, we are a nonprofit. Like you, we need philanthropic support. Like you, we rely on the advice and counsel of an outside Board. Like you, we don't just spout theory, we live the nonprofit life.

We are deeply grateful to Robert Morris University for the many ways in which it supports the Bayer Center and helps us help you to become stronger organizations that benefit our entire community.


PhotoCarrie Richards is Associate Director at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. A nonprofit professional who specializes in capacity building, community development, and program management, Carrie is a strong believer in the power of social capital, and loves to match the talents and passions of individuals to opportunities that will strengthen their communities. Carrie is an RMU alumna with master’s degrees in nonprofit management and human resources. A Northsider and proud owner of a rescued pit bull, she and her husband Bradly love exploring National Parks with their pup, Kitty, and visiting Disney World as often as possible.

Advisory Board

Current Advisory Board

  • Rebecca Lucore, Covestro (Advisory Board Co-Chair)
  • Lisa Scales, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Advisory Board Co-Chair)
  • Samantha Balbier, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
  • Jennifer Cairns
  • Chris Cooke
  • Ellen Estomin, Executive Service Corps
  • Trish Gadson, Jeffereson Regional Foundation
  • Angela Garcia, Global Links
  • Lizz Helmsen, Carter
  • Paul S. Homick, Mercy Health Foundation
  • Derya Jacobs, Robert Morris University
  • Peter Lucas, Boston Consulting Group
  • Sabrina Saunders Mosby, Vibrant Pittsburgh
  • Jack Owen, Owen and Conley, LLC
  • Chris Pacione, LUMA
  • Trina DeMarco Preffer, Eat 'n Park
  • Colleen Young, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


  • Doreen E. Boyce, Buhl Foundation (Retired)
  • Edward A. Nicholson, Robert Morris University (Retired)
  • James A. Rudolph, McKnight Development Company
  • Bonnie Westbrook VanKirk, Media Networks/Time Inc. (Retired)

The Bayer Center acknowledges with gratitude the catalytic support received from:

and our generous individual supporters and the invaluable nonprofit organizations whom we serve as clients and students!


The Bayer Center is proud to partner with:

...and the region's nonprofit organizations as students, clients and colleagues.

The Bayer Center is an active member of the following organizations: