NCAT Creates New Fund to Honor Long-Time Leader

NCAT Creates New Fund to Honor Long-Time Leader

New Innovation Fund Honors Her Legacy

NCAT honored its recently retired long-time leader by creating the Kathleen Hadley Innovation Fund to pursue new program opportunities to help people in need. The new Fund will allow NCAT to move quickly to take on new ventures in our rapidly changing world.

It was Kathy’s wish that NCAT have the capacity to develop and launch strategic programs and services to make a difference in our world. To honor that wish, the Innovation Fund will support work in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, homegrown energy solutions, and resilient communities.

Kathy retired earlier this year after 21 years as executive director of NCAT. Before that, she was a staff member, starting at NCAT in 1986.

“This is an exciting opportunity to make real change in our world,” says Steve Thompson, NCAT’s new Executive Director. “These monies will give NCAT the freedom to pursue new programming and services to help folks address sustainable agriculture and clean energy issues.”

You are invited to join with other friends of Kathy and NCAT to make a tax-deductible gift to the Fund as a lasting tribute to Kathy’s leadership and foresight. You can make your gift safely online, or download the online form and mail it with your check to NCAT Innovation Fund, 3040 Continental Drive, Butte, MT 59701.

Please contact Sandra Booth, NCAT’s development and communications director, if you have questions or need additional information about the Innovation Fund. She can be reached at 406-494-4572 or

NCAT also named its iconic Butte, Montana, headquarters after Kathy at a dedication ceremony in July.

“Kathy has been at the core of NCAT for most of its 43-year history,” said Gene Brady, Chairman of NCAT’s board of directors. “It’s only fitting that the headquarters bear a reminder of her leadership and vision, which did so much to grow NCAT to meet its mission.”

The NCAT headquarters is now called the Kathleen Hadley Campus of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. The grounds include a three-story building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1902 on the site of the county poor farm as a hospital for itinerant immigrant workers. The campus also includes NCAT’s Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training demonstration farm (SIFT) and a 45.4 kW photovoltaic solar energy system, two major accomplishments during Kathy’s tenure.

A donation form can be found here. Your help is very much appreciated by all of us at NCAT.