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Critical Needs donor-incentive campaign is Aug. 3

#ONEDAY giving event for nonprofits on frontlines of COVID recovery

PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2021 – As the region begins to recover this summer from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Pittsburgh Foundation is organizing a Critical Needs Alert online fundraising event backed by an incentive pool of $525,000 to bolster charitable giving from the public.

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Nominations now open for Courage in Journalism Award

PITTSBURGH, March 30, 2021 – Nominations are being accepted now through June 30 for the Sally Kalson Courage in Journalism Award Program at The Pittsburgh Foundation. The annual award, which comes with a $5,000 prize, honors a journalist whose work covering Pennsylvania aligns with Kalson’s legacy of boldly speaking truth to power.

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Announcing the latest Demarest Fund prize awardees

Three artists will receive awards of $18,000 each from the Eben Demarest Fund. The awards were announced by The Pittsburgh Foundation, which has overseen the Demarest awards since 2010. Typically, one awardee is selected every other year but last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the selection committee was unable to meet. Funds unawarded last year carried forward and grew, making awards possible for three artists this cycle. The awardees are Pittsburgh-based visual artist Gavin Benjamin, Evanston, Illinois-based figurative realist painter Daniela Kovačić, and Brooklyn-based sculptor Kennedy Yanko.

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Introducing Exposure: An Artists Program

As part of ongoing efforts to support a diverse array of artists and advocate for racial justice in the arts community, The Pittsburgh Foundation has launched Exposure: An Artists Program that will provide approximately $395,000 in funding this year.

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BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant program established through Mac Miller Fund

A new arts funding initiative created by The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy will award 75 micro-grants of $1,000 to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists to assist them in their work. Applications are open through July 23. Funding for the program is provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Mac Miller Fund.

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Pittsburgh Foundation releases “Eviction in Allegheny County: a mixed-methods study”

Report includes recommendations for creating an eviction-prevention system in Allegheny County to model best practices and reduce poverty.

PITTSBURGH, April 13, 2021 – While no one wants to evict or be evicted, the legal process of removing a person from their home happens with alarming frequency and disproportionately impacts the county’s lowest-income residents, according to a study conducted b

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New community foundation leader for Westmoreland

Veteran of nonprofit sector to focus on donors, community impact

PITTSBURGH, MARCH 10, 2021 – McCrae Martino, whose more than 20-year career has covered critical leadership positions at a range of nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving life prospects for the region’s residents, is the new executive director of The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC), an affiliate of The Pittsburgh Foundation.