When Tanya Vokes started working nearly a decade ago in the nonprofit sector, she was impressed by the number of philanthropic organizations in the Pittsburgh region. However, she didn’t understand why more of them weren’t collaborating, particularly smaller-sized ones.
“That really stood out to me because some small shops have little resources and small budgets, but there’s not a lot of sharing of resources,” said Vokes, CEO of Dress for Success Pittsburgh. “I always was really interested in sharing those resources.”
Ms. Vokes met others with a similar desire to connect during a “building productive partnerships” cohort through the Bayer Center and PACE, which provides programs to help small community-based nonprofits build organizational capacity. Other cohort participants included When She Thrives and New Century Careers.
Together, they developed EmployHER Pittsburgh — an initiative that will bring pop-up resources to women in Allegheny County to help them access employment opportunities, personal development and other educational tools.
Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post Gazette