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Meet advisor Katharine Perry, CFP

As a certified financial planner and client advisor at CooksonPeirce, Katharine Perry knows her way around a stock portfolio. She also knows what makes people tick. Her training in psychology and social work gives her insight into the deeply personal ways people approach financial matters and charitable giving. In this Q&A, we learn more about what motivates her as a wealth advisor.

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An appreciation: Donor Bob Heaton

As part of a new series, our staff share their experiences with people who have had a profound affect on not just the Foundation, but on them personally. Here, Vice President, Development & Donor Services Lindsay Aroesty talks about donor Bob Heaton.

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Social Justice Fund: Black Dream Escape

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Social Justice Fund awarded $25,000 to Black Dream Escape in 2021. The organization was created to educate, guide and soothe people into a rested state using original music and meditation scripts. 

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Small and Mighty: Ozanam Inc.

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program awarded $15,000 to All About the Youth Community Center in 2021. Ozanam grew out of a basketball program for school-aged children.  

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Corporate Philanthropy in Focus: Schell Games

The Pittsburgh Foundation takes an active role in engaging businesses to help them realize their philanthropic missions through collaboration and facilitation. This interview is the first of a series to show how corporate philanthropy can help companies leverage the talents and passions of their staff to aid the communities where they work and serve, while also attracting and retaining top talent.

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Ken and Jennie Barker: A commitment to conservation

The view from the comfortable sunroom attached to Ken and Jennie Barker’s home is serene on a hot July day. The large backyard of their North Hills home was once just a field of grass, but is now a masterful blend of trees, bushes, plants, flowers and wildlife.

“It’s entertainment,” says Jennie, with Ken adding, “Oh yeah, there are squirrels, chippies [chipmunks] and many other creatures. This is a certified wildlife habitat.”

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Helping central-south after worst tornado strikes in states’ history

In the overnight hours Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, as families slept, dozens of tornadoes ripped across the central-southern United States. The death toll quickly escalated.

The tornadoes hit factories, churches and tract homes across six states with unprecedented force, assuring that those who survived the onslaught will be struggling to recover well into next year.