The Pittsburgh Foundation

Trueheart Fund

Established: 12/31/2001

William E. Trueheart was the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation, serving from 2001 to 2007. He went on to become President and CEO of the national nonprofit Achieving the Dream, dedicated to helping community college students, particularly low income students and students of color, earn a college degree or certificate.

His career has been a rich and varied one, moving easily between nonprofit organizations and administrative positions at major universities, always working to improve the quality of life by addressing community issues and promoting charitable giving. Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut, William went on to earn advanced degrees from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.) and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard (Ed.D.).

He held several university administration positions, both at the University of Connecticut and Harvard University. He then moved to Bryant College in Rhode Island, becoming the school's first African-American President.

His extensive experience on the boards of local and national nonprofits includes: Reading is Fundamental, Independent Sector, Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Assoc., National Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Type of Fund

  • Unrestricted