FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 9 Protesters assembled in front of the Allegheny County Courthouse to call for justice in the wake of the killing of 17-year-old Woodland Hills honor student Antwon Rose Jr. by an East Pittsburgh, Pa., police officer on the night of Tuesday, June 19. GENEROSITY IS STRONGER $718,000 raised for community recovery I N THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING at Tree of Life, the Foundation established the #LoveIsStrongerCritical NeedsAlert online giving campaign,matching every gift dollar-for-dollar.The campaign wasextendedtwice as giftscontinuedto pourin fromacrossthe country.By the time #LoveIsStrongerconcludedon Nov.19,$718,000hadbeen raised foreight organizations,including the three congregationsthat worshipedat the synagogue andnonprofitsthat are helping the community andfirst respondersto heal. Most giftswere for$200orlessandcame fromindividuals who felt compelledto do something — anything — to stand againstsenselesshate andviolence.PittsburghFoundation donorsRichardandPriscilla Hunt gave $25,000andW.Mike Glenn gave $20,000in memory of hiswife of 61 years,Cordelia. The East EndBrewing Co.in Homewooddonated100percentof profitsfroma single night,$3,600,to the fund.Hillman Family Foundationsgave $25,000.The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation,whose community wasaffectedby racialhatred andviolence during the 2017 Unite the Right white supremacist rallies,donated,asdidthe Walmart Foundation,which gave $50,000.Distribution of fundsto the beneficiary organizations began in early December. left out of the revitalized economy to become full participants. “I don’t know of a community foundation in the country that has developed the definitive manual for how to eliminate the conditions that lead to mass killings based on hate and discrimination,” says King. “But by sharing painful experiences and ideas that have been successful, we can be more effective.” A recent example of that was Pittsburgh Foundation staff’s assistance to their counterparts at the Ventura County Community Foundation as they were scrambling to respond after the killing on Nov. 7 of a dozen people — most of them college students — at a bar in Thousand Oaks. The lone gunman fired 50 rounds from a Glock .45-caliber pistol. Many of us in the country’s community foundation network are intent on developing system expertise to respond to mass murder and other instances of violence fueled by bigotry and hatred. It is absolutely the right thing to do in keeping with our missions. It also aggrieves us beyond words that we must do so. by Doug Root | vice president of communications