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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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Advancing Black Arts awards nearly $288,000 to local artists

Films, musical and spoken word albums, photographs and sculptures are among 20 projects to receive funding from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program, which also includes grants for organizations’ operating costs. $287,860 was awarded this cycle.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 1, 2017 – A partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh is a grant-making program dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts of the African diaspora in western Pennsylvania.

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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.

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Carol Brown Awards elevate local artists, honor national luminaries

The established artist award will go to costume designer Susan Tsu, whose works have graced stages all over the world. Visual artist Sarika Goulatia will receive the emerging artist award. The event includes public program with MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and local author, artist and educator Sandra Gould Ford.