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Critical Condition

A signature fundraising program generates a record-breaking $1.27 million to nonprofits providing basic needs.

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Heritage Community Initiatives

MOST OF THE TIME, a person’s ability to make it in the world comes down to one thing: the ability to show up.

James Alexander learned that lesson after the Port Authority of Allegheny County eliminated his bus route to McKeesport, where he worked as a customer service representative.

“I’ve had a car in the past, but I just couldn’t afford one at that time,” says Alexander, who lives on Route 30 in North Versailles. “I really depended on the 60M to get to the office.”

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Just Harvest Education Fund


TWO DAYS BEFORE he was released from a long hospital stay, Mark Scanlan realized he was going home to an empty refrigerator, with no food stamps or money to buy food. A 60-year-old resident of the South Side, he left a secure job in food services to care for his mother in New Jersey, who was undergoing chemotherapy. A year later, when he returned to Pittsburgh after her death, he was unable to find work and qualified for food stamps.

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Scholarship Search 2.0

STAFF PROFILEFOR DECADES, donors have turned to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s scholarship program to honor people they love and orga­nizations they admire. Thanks to a dedicated team of staff members, the Foundation now administers 324 scholarships, making the program the sixth largest nationally for community foundations. 

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Small and Mighty

Streamlines the grant-seeking process and bridges the funding gap for nonprofits with annual budgets of less than $600,000

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Anchorpoint Counseling Ministries

SARAH, A SINGLE MOTHER from the North Hills who asked that her last name not be used, struggled with depression after her husband left, but couldn’t afford mental health counseling for herself or her two children.

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Squirrel Hill Health Center

THEY STREAM INTO the brick office building on Browns Hill Road, week after week: growing numbers of immigrants and refugees, along with minimum-wage workers and people juggling multiple low-paying jobs.

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Pittsburgh responds to U.S. exit from Paris climate agreement

On Thursday, President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the landmark international agreement that commits the 195 nations signing it to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures — while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The agreement acknowledges that the threat of climate change is "urgent and potentially irreversible," and can only be addressed through "the widest possible cooperation by all countries" and "deep reductions in global emissions."

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In Memoriam: Henry Hillman and Dan Rooney

A message from Maxwell King

The death of Henry Hillman just days after the loss of another devoted son of Pittsburgh, Dan Rooney, reinforces the hard realization that a 20th Century generation of remarkable men and women who were giants in the lives they led is finishing its course. 

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Day of Giving Redux

Nearly $6 million was raised for nonprofits in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Butler counties over the two Day of Giving events held this year.

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Jeremiah's Place: 100 Percent Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle is working to address the risk of poverty facing single women with children by funding nonprofits such as Jeremiah’s Place, the region's only emergency child care center.