Pittsburgh Is Art Day of Giving

 Bravo! Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving Pumps
More Than $1.8 Million into Region’s Arts Organizations


PITTSBURGH, PA (May 13, 2011) Pittsburgh is Art. Wednesday the community demonstrated why by pumping more than $1.8 million into the region’s art and culture organizations. More than 3,800 individual contributions were received over the 24-hour period – 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.

The event was an initiative of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and The Heinz Endowments and utilized The Pittsburgh Foundation’s PittsburghGives on-line giving platform. Public contributions at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night reached more than $1.4 million, which receive an equal share of the matching funds of $475,000 provided by The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Hillman Foundation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, and The Grable Foundation. All 147 participating organizations received a gift.

All data is preliminary and is subject to financial and administrative reconciliations by Pittsburgh Foundation staff, which is expected to be completed by early next week.

“The May 11th campaign was a great way to help us talk about the importance of the arts and culture community, and tell the story of what the arts do for Pittsburgh. It’s clear that the people of the region agree, because they put their money where their hearts are,” said Mitch Swain, GPAC president and ceo. “We’re thrilled by the response!”

Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving replicates the Pittsburgh Foundation’s successful Pittsburgh Day of Giving, which raised more than $3.3 million last year for area nonprofits. The Art Day of Giving is the first giving event to focus on a single nonprofit area. The PittsburghGives platform was built for flexibility to accomplish these special events, allowing the nonprofit community to utilize the technology.

PittsburghGives can be accessed at www.pittsburghgives.org.