The Pittsburgh Foundation

Our Vision, Mission and Values



We commit to creating a vibrant, equitable and just Pittsburgh region that supports everyone—regardless of race, identity or circumstance—to thrive and fulfill their potential.


The Pittsburgh Foundation, established in 1945, works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.


Since its founding in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation's values have been evident in the deep relationships its people have forged in the region. As new strategies are developed to improve quality of life for everyone, the staff has identified these values and pledged to follow them in the work. They are published here with pride.


We act with transparency and integrity, fulfilling our commitments and owning the outcomes of
our decisions.



We unite in our work together to increase impact in our community for the collective greater good.


We embrace the opportunity to learn from those we serve and those who serve us to help shape solutions.

Racial Justice

We work to enact fundamental systemic changes by eliminating policies, laws, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race.


We have faith in our communities and earn their confidence by demonstrating competency, honesty and positive intent.