The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty

Pictured above is Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s senior program officer for Health and Human Services, as she talks about the Small and Mighty grants program.

Though small nonprofits account for two-thirds of the region’s nonprofit sector and often serve our community’s most vulnerable populations and neighborhoods, many are consistently asked to do more with less.

To that end, Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s senior program officer for Health and Human Services, launched the Small and Mighty grants program this fall. Designed with assistance from her colleagues and input from small nonprofits themselves, the program intends to bridge the gap between the Foundation’s grantmaking and small, neighborhood-based nonprofits that work to better our region. The program offers a streamlined grant-seeking process for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. “Small and Mighty is our intentional effort to build relationships with these vital safety-net organizations through a more accessible and transparent grant-seeking process,” McMurray says. She is shown at right introducing the program to dozens of nonprofit leaders during a community information session at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch.

To learn more, visit pittsburghfoundation.org/smallandmighty

Original story appeared in Forum Quarterly - Fall 2016