The Pittsburgh Foundation

Thoughtful Fund

Established: 12/15/2020

The Thoughtful Fund was founded to further compassionate giving (tzedakah) led by Quaker commitments to simplicity, equality and peace. The Fund has been inspired by the tenets of effective altruism.

Allocations evolve through Quaker listening and discernment. Current priorities include global health, curing blindness, food security and refugee resettlement. The Fund’s advisor welcomes consultation about thoughtful ways to make a difference.

The Thoughtful Fund was established in 2020 in memory of Marc W. Steinberg (1956-2019). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Marc was a devoted professor at Smith College in Massachusetts. 

If you knew Marc, you can share a testimony on our website in his memory. You can also enjoy pages on his scholarship and teaching, as well as photos, playlists and testimonies from colleagues and friends. For a sense of Marc, see his compassionate "life advice" to a student.

Please follow the Thoughtful Fund on Twitter @ThoughtfulFund

Donate online

You may also contribute to the fund in other ways: 

  • By check: Make a check payable to The Pittsburgh Foundation with “The Thoughtful Fund” in the memo line and mail to: The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
  • Transfer securities: A great way to avoid capital gains tax. Please contact Nancy Marshall at for transfer instructions.

The Pittsburgh Foundation will send you a letter confirming your tax-deductible contribution.

Type of Fund

  • Advised