Making our region work for all
Over the last several years, Pittsburghers have witnessed a renewal of prosperity across the region. Economic growth, however, hasn’t reached everyone. Hardworking Pittsburghers have seen their wages stagnate as the costs of housing, education and child care continue to rise, making it harder and harder for families to get by. A third of our neighbors still face poor-quality schools, inadequate transportation to jobs and job-training opportunities, and unequal treatment in the criminal justice system.
Those of us lifted by Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence can’t afford to leave our neighbors behind—especially people of color and others who have been excluded in the past. Our continued growth depends on building a Pittsburgh where 100 percent of our community can share in expanded opportunity and improved quality of life.
Locally funded and locally focused, The Pittsburgh Foundation and its donors have spent the last 70 years working to improve quality of life in the region. But we recognize that our efforts haven’t always succeeded in addressing the real problems that Pittsburghers face. To do that, we have to take aim at the cycle of generational poverty and lack of opportunity. And we can’t do it alone. To get better results, we have to operate in fundamentally different ways.
100 Percent Pittsburgh
Our 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle will engage people in frank, meaningful conversations about what they need to more fully participate in Pittsburgh’s economy. We’ve already begun by focusing on single women raising children and youth ages 12 to 24—two groups largely left behind in our region’s resurgence—and will broaden our focus in the coming years.
We are building 100 Percent Pittsburgh grantmaking out of what people tell us will help them most. We are also investing in new, creative ideas to expand participation. We are supporting grassroots organizing to give all Pittsburghers more power to change policies that limit their future success.
By collaborating and sharing ideas, time and resources, we can build a stronger Pittsburgh region—where a single woman raising children and working two jobs doesn't have to choose between paying for child care and medicine, and teenagers in poverty have a path toward success rather than a path into the criminal justice system.
In the coming months, the Foundation will be announcing new 100 Percent Pittsburgh initiatives and events for community members to get involved. When 100 percent of our neighbors can find their own opportunities in Pittsburgh’s resurgence, our entire region is stronger.