Women comprise a great majority of the nonprofit workforce in Southwestern Pennsylvania. In fact, 74% of those working in the regional nonprofit sector are female. Approximately 225,000 of the 300,000 employed in nonprofits in Allegheny and surrounding counties are women.
Wage equity, however, is not a reality for most women working in regional nonprofit organizations.
On behalf of women in the nonprofit workforce, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University is leading the way to promote change in this picture through research and education.
The Kitchen Cabinet has been formed to guide new research efforts on the lives of women in nonprofits, to ask hard and relevant questions, and to distill knowledge into action. We intend to engage the power of 74% to do just that.
Now in our third year of work, we have distilled our areas of focus into three key questions we explore today:
- How can we assure young professional women have opportunity for increased responsibilities and leadership roles?
- How are older nonprofit professional women going to re-tool their careers and eventually retire with dignity?
- How can we strengthen the board of directors sense of responsibility to their employees? (74% has developed the tool 7 Key Questions for Board Members to help!)
Please visit our 74% Website to read more about this exciting project!
The Bayer Center has examined thousands of 990 forms for Southwestern PA nonprofits to learn about local wage inequity issues as part of the 74% Project. Updates in our research are published twice a year, in May and November.
Download Research (PDF format)
- Carrie Tancraitor's PhD dissertation
- November 2013 Infographic Poster
- May 2013 Research Brochure
- November 2012 Research Brochure
- May 2012 Research Brochure
- November 2011 Research Brochure
- May 2011 Research Brochure
74%: Exploring the Lives of Women Leaders in Nonprofit Organizations is made possible through the generous support of the Eden Hall Foundation and Bayer USA Foundation.