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Navigating Resources

NOT LONG AFTER Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered residents to shelter in place to avoid contracting COVID-19, an elderly woman who was out of food called the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 211 resource helpline.

As a senior citizen, she is in a group identified as being at high risk for succumbing to the virus. Could the hotline devoted to connecting people in dire need of vital services help her? 

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Grants benefiting nonprofits serving single women with children

A direct outcome of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle has been increasing our grantmaking to organizations that improve conditions for single women raising children. Read about recent grants to nonprofits serving these hardworking women and their families.

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Concussion repercussions

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA IS, arguably, the center of the football universe. Now, with a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research, the region is poised to become a world leader in the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease. Scientists hope that the athlete-focused brain bank will help researchers understand if and how traumatic brain injuries on the field may affect dementia, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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Lifting community voices

ON DEC. 31, 2015, The Daily News rolled off the presses for the final time, and its home city, McKeesport, along with other Mon Valley communities that had been served by the newspaper for 131 years, became a news desert, deprived even of basic obituaries of local residents.

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The beauty of collaboration

FUELED BY AN ABUNDANCE OF TEAMWORK, a group of about 30 high school– and college-age students took part in a seven-week program meant to encourage next generation philanthropy. The Youth Philanthropy Internship — a partnership of The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, The Heinz Endowments and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies — brings together young people from across western Pennsylvania to address the most pressing issues in their communities.

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Small and Mighty: STEM Coding Lab, Inc.

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program has awarded Stem Coding Lab, Inc. a 2019 grant of $15,000. With this grant, STEM Coding Lab will continue growing the knowledge base of students who participated last year by increasing the difficulty of the course load and hiring a part-time staff member to engage an additional 50 to 100 students at the basic level of programming.

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Learn more about the Emergency Action Fund

On March 16, the Emergency Action Fund was setup by The Pittsburgh Foundation and its regional partners to accept donations from individuals, foundations and businesses so that funds could be allocated rapidly to nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Please consider donating to the Fund, learn more about it and the grants distributed to the nonprofits it helped.

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Living waters

PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION FUND HOLDER DICK WUKICH says everyone should make pottery. They would feel the clay in their hands, and they would have a sense of accomplishment. The effect of it, he says, would help mend a fractured world. The Slippery Rock artist taught pottery classes at Slippery Rock University for
43 years and has been a potter since he attended North Braddock Scott High School until 1961.

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Artistic support: meet Erika Johnson

ERIKA JOHNSON’S PASSION FOR THE ARTS, conservation and social justice in Pittsburgh shines through in everything she does. She joined The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Program and Policy Department as an administrative coordinator in April.

“Erika brings a wealth of understanding about our local nonprofit community to the Program staff,” says Michael Yonas, director of the Foundation’s research and special initiatives.

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Creative funding

AN AUDIO BOOK AND VIDEO SERIES reinterpreting a book by Pittsburgh’s first African American medical doctor, an artist residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center exploring plasma and neon light in glass, and a graphic novel about the experiences of growing up as a Black girl are among 27 ambitious projects to receive funding from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant-making program so far this year.

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The price of caring

PENNSYLVANIA IS AGING and the caregivers are exhausted. That’s because the state offers no paid family and medical leave program when workers need time off to care for elderly or disabled relatives, for newborn babies or newly adopted children, for sick children, or even for themselves after a serious illness.

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Small and Mighty: When She Thrives

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program awarded When She Thrives a grant of $12,000 in 2019. The funds will be used to secure an office space to serve as a central, stable hub for all of their services and to implement an emergency small grants program to provide small one-time grants of $50 to $250 to single mothers.

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Small and Mighty: Shepherd Wellness Community

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program awarded Shepherd Wellness Community a 2019 grant of $15,000. The funds will be used to expand program participation and outreach to engage more individuals living with HIV/AIDS.