Chatham News

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship hosts nonprofit management expert Kate Dewey following recent visit to The White House

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist 
February 2, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 2, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University continues its monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series with Kate Dewey, principal of Dewey & Kaye, a McCrory and McDowell Company, discussing “Non-Negotiable Management Practices Nonprofits must Adopt to Thrive in 2011 and Beyond” on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session which precede the presentation. Registration and information is available at www.chatham.edu/cwe or by calling 412-365-1253.

Ms. Dewey will discuss the challenges facing nonprofits in a poor economy and the changes organizations should incorporate to define future success and value. Rebecca U. Harris, the Center’s director, notes, “Most nonprofits are facing a variety of issues in 2011 that show no sign of disappearing, including budget cuts and increasing competition from for-profits.”

Ms. Dewey was invited by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation to attend the State of the Union Address on January 25, 2011. Kate spent an evening with Senior Administration Officials, watched the President’s State of the Union Address in the South Court Auditorium at the White House, and then was part of the Town Hall discussion. “The discussion before and during the event with people who were sitting nearby was focused on what was not said – the future health of nonprofits,” Ms. Dewey explains. “With the state budget pressures before us coupled with a proposed freeze on discretionary spending, nonprofits may feel an even greater squeeze than anticipated for the next three to five years. Nonprofits will need to think about how they manage through this “New Normal” as well as getting more organized to package their case in economic and service terms if they want to be part of the horse-trading that is about to begin.”

About Kate Dewey
Kate Dewey is the founder of Dewey & Kaye, the fifth oldest consulting practice in the United States, dedicated to serving community-based nonprofits and foundations. In 2005 she merged her practice with McCrory & McDowell LLC. She has more than thirty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. Kate is particularly interested in strategic alliances and building sustainable nonprofit delivery systems. Kate is the 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award and 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award.

Considered a thought leader in the sector, she has been quoted in a variety of national and local publications including the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Times, Council on Foundations, Pittsburgh Business Times, Washington Post, and the Post Gazette. In 2009, Dewey & Kaye released the nationally recognized research report, The Recession’s Impact on Safety Net Needs in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Nonprofit Leadership: A Model for Growing Leaders. Additional publications include: Nonprofit Mergers: an Assessment of Nonprofits’ Experiences with the Merger Process; Nonprofit Capacity in Changing Times; Imagine, Involve, Implement: Transforming Grantmaker Practices for Improved Nonprofit Results; and Basic Steps in Establishing a Corporate Giving Program, published by the Council on Foundations.

About CWE
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business. This programming is designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. And finally, CWE offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which help them learn the skills needed to become either successful entrepreneurs or successful women in business. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe

About Chatham University 
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.