The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Will Allen Foundation

Will Allen Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 in 2019 to the Will Allen Foundation. Founded by former NFL safety Will Allen, this organization’s mission is to provide Pittsburgh-area students with opportunities to achieve their dreams.

The Will Allen Foundation is committed to removing students’ barriers to success, such as financial insecurity, education challenges, socioeconomic inequity and obstacles in joining the workforce. At least 40 students from Perry High School and North Hills High School participate in the sessions, which are integrated into their school day. With the grant, the nonprofit will support the Quest For Life Mentoring Program, which aims to build strong relationships between high school students, colleges and universities and local employers.

The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has awarded $308,821 in 2018 to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000. Will Allen Foundation has an annual operating budget of $77,500.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $879,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

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