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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.