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A foundation leader who knew the power of reputational capital

A Tribute by Burr Wishart: Anyone who has read the obituary notice for William J. Copeland will understand how difficult it is to summarize his seemingly endless contributions to our community throughout an amazing life.  How could this Pittsburgher, who would have been certain to win any “Man of the Year” title, manage all the leadership roles he took on...

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In Remembrance: Pittsburgh Foundation Board Leader William J. Copeland

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2017 – When Bill Copeland’s service in the 1980s and 1990s on the Foundation’s Board of directors, including extraordinary leadership as chair, was set to end in 1999, the first order of business of the Governance Committee was a unanimous vote to appoint him to the Executive Committee in emeritus status.

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In immigration reform, let’s not discard American and philanthropic values

A statement from Pittsburgh Foundation President Maxwell King

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6, 2017 – On the Martin Luther King Day observance Jan. 16 at the August Wilson Center, I, along with leaders from every facet of community life joined Allegheny County’s chief executive and Pittsburgh’s mayor to reaffirm that our region – one famously built by immigrants – is committed to being open and inclusive, with no one excluded based solely on faith or country of origin.

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Announcing the fall 2016 Advancing Black Arts awards

The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, has awarded nearly $308,000 in grants to 18 artists and arts organizations. Since its inception in 2010, the program has invested about $4 million to support contemporary artists making art rooted in the black experience, past and present. It is the only grant-making program in the region explicitly dedicated to supporting the elimination of racial disparities within the larger arts sector.

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Foundation report calls for youth voices in juvenile justice reform

Eight areas identified where youth and stakeholders can improve system     

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13, 2017 – An eight-month study by The Pittsburgh Foundation has found that youth involved with the Allegheny County juvenile justice system could play a much greater role in shaping prevention and diversion programs. The report also recommends addressing disproportionate system involvement by youth of color, particularly girls, and that youth have a seat the table with human services staffs, law-enforcement authorities and school officials.

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Introducing the Foundation's new website

Includes significantly improved scholarship search function

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16, 2016 – Showcasing a lively design, improved search functions and updated content, The Pittsburgh Foundation launched its new website at The Foundation’s goal is improving the site as its most powerful communications tool for storytelling about the work of our grantees, donors, professional advisors and staff.