NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Kate Katzki (1910 - 2002)
Kate Katzki is nominated as a Pioneer for her outstanding contribution to international social work. Her professional career has included direction of international programs, administration of emergency services, professor and consultant in European schools of social work. Her significant contribution over a ten year period as Secretary-General of the International Council on Social Welfare and her leadership in the development of emergency services for children in post-war Europe are cited as specific examples.
In 1968, Kate Katzki was appointed Secretary-General of the International' Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and served for ten years in the office of the Secretariat located in New York city. She initiated the establishment of national and regional committees, and strengthened them as the base for the international organization. She extended the scope of international participation in new geographical regions. For example, she took the lead in undertaking the first world-wide ICSW Conference in Africa in Kenya in 1974, opening up the continent of Africa to the benefits of international exchanges both within the region and with other national committees in other regions.
As the executive of ICSW, she successfully carried the lead role in planning and organizing global conferences in Finland, Manila, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, and Israel. Her leadership in expanding learning opportunities through these conferences and related seminars and workshops made a new and increasingly wide contribution to social welfare around the world.
Another example of pioneering work of outstanding quality was undertaken by Kate Katzki in the post-war period 1946 - 1950 when she served as representative of the American Joint Distribution Committee in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. She had major responsibility for planning and organizing critically needed services for children moving out of the. refugee camps. The program she developed included clinics, welfare services and continuing care. Children's homes were established for refugee orphans.
The new program was met with so much satisfaction that Kate Katzki was called back to Europe by the American Joint Distribution Committee in 1956 to establish emergency shelter and services in Vienna and other parts of Austria for Hungarian refugees.
These examples of significant professional contributions speak for themselves as evidence of Kate Katzki's qualification for acceptance into membership as a Pioneer.