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Planting Seeds of Change: The Community as a Garden

Ron Finley, international advocate for green activism in urban food deserts, will speak in Pittsburgh on May 1 about his vision for integrating neighborhood gardens into revitalization efforts. Joining the discussion will be a community panel with Justin Laing, the Endowments' senior Arts & Culture program officer, serving as moderator. The free event is part of the Community Conversation series sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and its African American Men and Boys Advisory Board.

The doors open at the Hill House Association’s Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave., with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration by April 25 is required.

Exit Plan

Kristal Robinson, left, and Kelly Barcic, right, are two of the many veterans who have returned to the Pittsburgh region and rebuilt their civilian lives, despite facing readjustment challenges. “Exit Plan,” written by Jeffery Fraser, tells their stories and how local philanthropies are working together to make the journey of veterans a little easier. Tintype portraits by Jason Synder.

River Crews

"River Crews," by Brett Murphy details how thousands of schoolchildren have boarded RiverQuest's "green" ship, Explorer, to learn lessons from the region's rivers. From left, Leonard Hall, Christopher Parks and Jevon Broughton, participants in the Higher Achievement academic program, are observing birds as a component of the river food chain while on board Explorer. Photography by Jim Judkis.

Wet Weather

Wet Weather,” written by Christine H. O’Toole, explores how with deadlines looming to meet federal clean water standards for Pittsburgh rivers, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority and local municipalities are working together, with philanthropic support, to develop an infrastructure plan that is “greener” as well as cleaner than traditional concrete and metal pipelines.


The Watson Institute, through its family of schools and services, helps children and youth with special needs to achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives. Watson offers programs for children with autism spectrum disorders, neurol... Read More

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The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments was formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986.

Our vision is for southwestern Pennsylvania to prosper as a premier place to both live and work, as a center for learning and educational excellence, and as a home to diversity and inclusion.

Our mission is to help our region thrive as a whole community – economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally – while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work. Our fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and the disciplines represented by our five grant-making programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Education; Environment; and Community & Economic Development.


Exit Plan

"Exit Plan," by Jeffery Fraser tells how readjusting to civilian life can be difficult for veterans, but many in the Pittsburgh region say they're up for the challenge - and some local philanthropies are working together to make the journey a little easier. Tintype portraits by Jason Snyder.


African American Men and Boys Initiative News

WQED will honor 10 local men during the BMe Awards: Celebrating the Efforts of African American Men in the Community on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m., at WQED Studios in Oakland. The   celebration marks the conclusion of an Endowments-...

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