Wish Book connects public


The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Wish Book
connects public to special community needs
PITTSBURGH, Pa., November 23, 2010 The Pittsburgh Foundation has released its popular Wish Book to the public on-line for the first time ever, giving the local community a unique opportunity to support the work of area nonprofit organizations.
Editions of the Wish Book have been produced in printed form for the last six years and mailed to the Foundation’s donor family twice annually. Nonprofit organizations submit wishes for tangible items that they need. Each request is limited to $2,500 or less.  
“We are delighted to be able to make our popular Wish Book available to the public for the first time,” said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO. “With the recent success of the Day of Giving, Pittsburghers demonstrated their unparalleled giving spirit and the Wish Book is another unique way to give, providing the community with the opportunity to see a small gift make a difference for a nonprofit, especially at year-end.”
For the latest edition of the Wish Book, the Foundation created an on-line version that is hosted on The Pittsburgh Foundation website as well a printed version that was mailed to donors. The new on-line version, available at www.pittsburghfoundation.org/Wish_Book, features 81 wishes which more than doubles the wishes that could be fulfilled, as the printed version was limited to 25 – 35 wishes.
By moving the Wish Book on-line, the Foundation was able to offer the book to the public for the first time in its history. The public can fulfill a wish with a credit card donation via the secure PittsburghGives.org platform.
“As the holiday season approaches and with so many nonprofit organizations facing severe financial strain, this is a wonderful way for a donor’s gift to connect directly with a real and immediate need in our community,” said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO. “Most of the requests we feature are very modest, but in fulfilling these wishes, donors make an enormous difference. At the same time, it allows local nonprofits to showcase their work and obtain smaller, much sought-after items that are hard to raise money for.”
Any public nonprofit organization in Western Pennsylvania can submit a wish for consideration. Applications for nonprofits to feature in the Wish Book are reviewed by a committee comprising The Pittsburgh Foundation’s donors. 
Since its inception in 2004, the Wish Book has raised over $600,000 for nonprofit organizations and nearly 85% of wishes have been fully or partially fulfilled. 
Some examples from the latest edition of The Wish Book include:
  • Animal Friends wished for stainless steel caging with a mobile platform to house medium and large breed dogs during surgery recovery.
  •  Bethlehem Haven wished for two kitchen stoves for their emergency shelter and transitional housing shelter.
  • Crisis Center North wished for 40 zone #2 Port Authority Bus coupon books to assist in transporting domestic violence victims to appointments.
  •  Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County wished for tools, including drills and saws, to equip their volunteers as they build and renovate houses in the community.
The minimum credit card donation is $50 and wishes can be partially fulfilled with the organization receiving the amount towards the purchase of their capital need. The Wish Book is easily searchable by categories, including education, the environment, the arts, community development and health and human services. To view the wishes and make a donation, please visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org/Wish_Book.
For further information contact:
John Ellis