The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a Civically, Inc.

Free Store Wilkinsburg relies on volunteers and donations to provide free basic goods to Wilkinsburg community members.

In 2017, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a/ Civically, Inc. Civically, Inc. provides goods and services that address basic needs in Wilkinsburg, such as clothing and home goods, at no cost to residents. Civically also offers financial and basic literacy skills as well as community conversations on local culture and economic development.

This grant will fund rent at the free store and expansion of programming and conversations. Since its inception, the Free Store Wilkinsburg has been a community-led organization that has relied entirely on volunteer staff and donations from corporations and residents. This is its first foundation grant that will cover the totality of its projected annual expenses.

The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has, as of Dec. 2019, awarded $1.25 million to nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.

To learn more about Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a/ Civically, Inc., visit

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