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In unusual move, Pittsburgh Foundation files 'friend of court' brief in gerrymandering case

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Pennsylvania’s politicians have drawn legislative district maps so favorable to themselves that they violate the rights of voters. And one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent philanthropic organizations, the Pittsburgh Foundation, is so concerned about the issue that it’s drawn up a new road map for its own activities.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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How Will Last Year's Big Bust In Charitable Giving Affect Pittsburgh Nonprofits In 2018?

How healthy is Pittsburgh's nonprofit community? Natasha Lindstrom with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Joyce Gannon with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explain how some local nonprofits cope when larger foundation support isn't available, what they're hearing from those concerned about charitable giving in the wake of President Trump's new tax reform law and whether technology and social media can help pick up the budgetary slack.

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Tiny nonprofits get boost with 'small and mighty' grants

For the second consecutive year, the Pittsburgh Foundation is targeting some of its grantmaking to tiny nonprofits that it believes can make a big impact in the lives of people who live in poverty and others at risk such as the homeless or those recovering from substance abuse. The community foundation Friday said it will award $308,821 to 22 nonprofits through its Small and Mighty grants program.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Under new tax bill, regional nonprofits brace for $60M less in charitable giving

Total charitable giving in the U.S. could decrease as much $20 billion a year, according to Independent Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization for nonprofits. “We believe people who contribute do so primarily because they want to help causes that nonprofits advance,” said Maxwell King, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation. “But the frequency with which they contribute and how much they contribute is affected significantly by the tax deduction.”

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ArcelorMittal agrees to $1.8M settlement over pollution at Monessen plant

ArcelorMittal will pay a $1.8 million settlement to state, federal and local entities over air pollution from its Monessen Coke Plant, an environmental group announced Wednesday. As part of the settlement, the company will pay a total of $1.5 million in civil penalties to the EPA and DEP and the remaining $300,000 will go to The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County for a program to help local communities replace high-pollution municipal vehicles with low-emission, hybrid or electric ones.

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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal to pay $1.5 million penalty for pollution violations

PennEnvironment announced Wednesday that under terms of a settlement agreement, ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, has agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty for hundreds of air pollution violations, and reduce emissions or pay stiff, stipulated penalties if the coke works violates its state permit. ArcelorMittal also agreed to enhanced emissions monitoring, and will pay $300,000 to establish a local clean vehicles project through The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Trump's tax plan puts charitable sector in 'harm's way,' nonprofit leaders say

Most Americans are poised to lose any tax incentives to give to charity under the final Republican tax bill negotiated Friday. A trio of Western Pennsylvania nonprofit leaders say they fear the “misguided bill” will thrust the charitable sector “directly in harm's way” and reduce giving in a seven-county region by as much as $60 million a year.

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