The Pittsburgh Foundation

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We update this section often with current news about The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information, please contact Doug Root, Vice President of Communications, at 412-394-2647 or

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Small communities are big winners in Revitalizing Westmoreland grants

A community-focused program that encourages new, creative ways to revitalize communities in Westmoreland County has made $143,000 in new grants to small communities. The grants will fund nine small-to-medium sized innovative, capital projects. To spur local investment in the projects, communities that receive Revitalizing Westmoreland grants must also raise additional dollars on their own to fully fund the projects.

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Bennett Prize call for entries is now open

PITTSBURGH, April 13, 2018 – Women who paint in the figurative realist style are invited to apply for the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest ever offered solely to women painters. The call for entries runs from April 13 - Sept. 28, 2018. Details are at

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$308,000 in Small and Mighty grants awarded to small organizations with big impact

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5, 2018 – The Small and Mighty grants program of The Pittsburgh Foundation will provide a total of $308,821 to 22 organizations with annual budgets under $600,000. The program is a direct outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to ensure that those among the 30 percent of Pittsburgh’s population living at or near the federal poverty line have access to opportunities in the region’s revitalized economy.

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Pittsburgh Foundation begins search for new CEO

The 18-member board of The Pittsburgh Foundation is embarking on a search for a new president, one that its chair said will be transparent, thorough and comprehensive, especially in seeking perspectives from a range of Pittsburgh stakeholders.

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Critical Needs Alert raises $1.1 million to #FeedPGH

People experiencing food insecurity in Western Pennsylvania got a major boost last week when their neighbors donated $522,500 over a 16-hour period to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s #FeedPGH Critical Needs Alert. The May 1 online giving event, which was fortified with a $600,000 incentive pool from the Foundation and its donors, raised $1.1 million for Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties’ food pantries and the organizations that supply them.

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Critical attention for food pantries feeding region

With nearly one in seven people in Allegheny County experiencing food insecurity, The Pittsburgh Foundation is organizing a May 1 Critical Needs Alert online fundraising event to raise money for 171 organizations with food pantries as a primary part of their mission and the organizations that supply them.

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A $37 million bequest is second-largest in foundation's history

In life, Raymond Schubart Suckling was a dutiful engineering executive who lived simply, loved military history and cherished the legacy left by his parents. In death, the longtime Sewickley resident has become one of the region's most significant philanthropists, donating $37.1 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation, the second-largest gift in its 73-year history.

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Community Foundation to oversee $300,000 clean vehicle fund

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC) has been chosen to oversee a $300,000 fund established under a Clean Air Act settlement with ArcelorMittal for air quality violations at the company’s Monessen coke plant. The Foundation will actively look to fund projects that improve air quality and reduce vehicle emissions in the communities most affected by the coke plant: Monessen, Donora, Caroll Township and Monongahela.