The Pittsburgh Foundation

Supporting Organizations

Lillianne Taylor, rising 9th grader and Visual Arts major at CAPA, talks about the upcoming school year with Pittsburgh Promise recipient Joshua Devine, a Taylor Allderdice High School and Pennsylvania State University graduate now working for the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.
Lillianne Taylor, rising 9th grader and Visual Arts major at CAPA, talks about the upcoming school year with Pittsburgh Promise recipient Joshua Devine, a Taylor Allderdice High School and Pennsylvania State University graduate now working for the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Supporting Organizations (Type I) are an option for philanthropists making initial gifts of $2 million and higher. More and more, trustees of private foundations are realizing that The Pittsburgh Foundation offers an alternative with distinct advantages:

  • No onerous, expensive "back office" and administrative responsibilities
  • No requisite 5 percent annual payout
  • Increased charitable deductability relative to your adjusted gross income
  • Expert assistance in engaging and educating your children and grandchildren in philanthropy
  • Ability to retain your fund's name and its own 501(c)(3) designation
  • Significant tax advantages for gifts of closely held stock, real property and similar assets

Supporting Organizations of The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Forbes Funds

The Forbes Funds focuses on strengthening the management capacity and impact of community nonprofits individually and collectively. We accomplish that through:

  • Capacity Building: Providing nonprofits with resources, through grantmaking, cohorts, and learning forums to enable them to manage a disruptive event, reframe their thinking about a specific issue that impacts operations, and prepare for the future.  Priority is given to human services and community development organizations in Allegheny County.
  • Social Innovation: Accelerating the development of operating models and technological innovation to reduce expense and/or increase impact for our community nonprofit organizations.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership: Leveraging the collective strength of the sector to inform policy, give input to community priorities and strategies, and increase their purchasing power.

The Pittsburgh Promise

The Pittsburgh Promise is a visionary scholarship program that is already benefiting the entire community. Created by The Pittsburgh Foundation, supported by the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and funded through the generosity of UPMC, foundations, corporations, and our community at large. The Pittsburgh Promise dramatically transforms the lives of students and families. The Promise vows to help all students in Pittsburgh Public Schools plan, prepare, and pay for education beyond high school at an accredited post-secondary institution within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation is a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Its mission is to support fundamental research in biology, chemistry, and physics at Pennsylvania institutions of higher education. The Foundation distributes grants in two areas: New Investigator Research and New Initiative Research. 

Neighborhood Allies (Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development)

Neighborhood Allies brings leadership, a network of resources, and solutions-based strategies to Pittsburgh neighborhoods creating hope and pathways to opportunity. They are focused on improving three issue areas:

  • Economic opportunity: Increasing people’s financial health and credit, net assets, employment skills, and connections to entrepreneurship opportunities and career paths that produce living wages.
  • Safe and healthy environments: Increasing wellness and quality of living for residents by transforming the physical environment, ensuring greater mobility, safety and access to quality education, public services and amenities, and building communities of opportunity that foster a positive neighborhood image.
  • Talent and leadership capacity: Increasing people’s confidence, motivation, hope, and willingness to take risks and become active in their neighborhoods; increasing their interpersonal, project management, teamwork, group management, ability to find resources and other skills in service to community improvement.

The Dietrich Foundation Funds

In 2012, the estate of the late William S. Dietrich II established three funds at The Pittsburgh Foundation to support charitable programs in the communities of Conneaut Lake, Pa., and Greenville, Pa., as well as the Pittsburgh region. The funds are: The Dietrich Foundation's Community Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Dietrich Foundation Greenville, Pa. Fund and The Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake, Pa. Fund.

The source of the funds was the Dietrich Charitable Trusts (DCT), which are charitable remainder trusts created by Mr. Dietrich that owned assets principally generated by the 1996 sale of Dietrich Industries.  The assets of the DCT funded a new charitable organization, The Dietrich Foundation, which administers the funds earmarked for The Pittsburgh Foundation and annually transfer a portion thereof to The Pittsburgh Foundation.   

Oversight for all of Mr. Dietrich’s funds at The Pittsburgh Foundation is provided by separate advisory committees appointed by The Dietrich Foundation.