The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Global Minds Initiative

Global Minds Initiative

In 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Global Minds Initiative. Global Minds Initiative is a nonprofit committed to connecting English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) students and Native English Speaking (NES) students through after school tutoring and programming.

Founded by Peyton Klein, a student at Taylor Allderdice High School for students at her school and around the district, the program allows for cross-cultural exchange and support to account for social and educational needs students have in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The funds support student leadership training within the program and help with designing individualized support and action plans for participants.

The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has awarded $308,821 in 2018 to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000. Global Minds Initiative has an annual operating budget of $136,979.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $879,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

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