Nominations now being accepted for 2018!

The Jefferson Awards Foundation Pittsburgh created the Kate Dewey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Service because she exemplifies our mission to "Power others to have the maximum impact on the things they care about most."

This award is in tribute to her lifetime of volunteerism and service in growing and supporting organizations and individuals that better our communities, especially here in Pittsburgh. We were proud to dedicate this award to honor Kate in 2017, and we now are seeking your help to honor others in her name for years to come.


Who is Eligible for this Award?

Our aim is to honor individuals living or volunteering in Allegheny County who during the span of their lifetime have made long-standing volunteer contributions in dedication to their communities through selflessly giving of their time and talents in support of and service to others. By honoring those who have made a life of giving, we are building a culture of service. When others hear the service stories of this year’s Honoree, they too will be inspired to give back.

How to Nominate?

Click the button below to nominate any individual you feel might be a good candidate for this recognition. The best nominations include specific details and short anecdotes that demonstrate your nominee's character and the impact of their volunteerism during their lifetime.

All nominations must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.


The winner will be announced in the early fall 2018 and recognized in person at the
Time-Honored Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
For details, visit this website. 

Please Note: The process for the Kate Dewey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Service nomination and award, while part of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Pittsburgh, is conducted separately and distinctly from our Jefferson Awards presented locally each May in conjunction with our Media Partners at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. To nominate an unsung individual or group for those annual awards at any time of the year through The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visit:

Who is Kate Dewey?


Champion of the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, and former President of The Forbes Funds, Kate Dewey has more than forty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofits, foundations public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. She was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., the fifth oldest consulting practice in the U.S. dedicated to serving nonprofits, foundations & government agencies. She also served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy. Under Kate's leadership, The Forbes Funds was recognized in 2015 by The Independent Sector American Express Fellows as the leading example of organizations driving community innovation. Kate was a 2014 finalist for the Chase Manhattan Bank Smart Business Award, Pittsburgh's 2008 winner of the internationally recognized ATHENA Award for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders, and the 1999 recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA's Tribute to Women Award. She has extensive board service experience and currently serves as a Trustee of the Shirley Jordan Foundation.

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation

The Jefferson Awards Foundation powers others to have maximum impact on the things they care most about. In all that we do, We Multiply Good – with celebration and storytelling, with engagement in self and community and with the cultivation of a generation of leaders. Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards are the most prestigious celebration of greatness in service, honoring local unsung heroes alongside national figures. We work with youth, media organizations, corporations, schools, non-profits and grassroots leaders to amplify and activate service. For questions, please email

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