Season 2 of "We Can Be"
Supporting the First Amendment and Local Communities
Pittsburgh employers' alliance announces Veteran Employment Coalition

Season 2 of "We Can Be"

The latest episodes of the Endowments' “We Can Be” podcast feature in-depth conversations with guests who are bending the arc in the social change arena. From the inspiration of Parkland student activists to the “24-hours-a-day bridge builder” who is connecting Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, “We Can Be” entertains, informs, and illuminates.

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Supporting the First Amendment and Local Communities

Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant was a keynote speaker at this year’s Knight Foundation Media Forum in Miami, Fla. During his luncheon address, “The First Amendment and Communities: The View from Pittsburgh,” Mr. Oliphant urged his audience of foundation officials and media professionals to support courageous, quality journalism and to be engaged in their local communities. Jim DeFede, CBS Miami-WFOR journalist and author, introduced Mr. Oliphant and interviewed him after his remarks.

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Pittsburgh employers' alliance announces Veteran Employment Coalition

The Endowments, grantee Institute for Veteran and Military Families at Syracuse University, and an alliance of Pittsburgh businesses have launched the Pittsburgh Veteran Employer Coalition, a first-of-its-kind, community-based employment collaborative that will advance the lives and combat the pervasive underemployment of Pittsburgh’s veteran and military-connected residents.

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council & the Office of Public Art "Magnolias for Pittsburgh" at the 7th and Penn Parklet brings blooms to Downtown in every season. (Photo by Scott Roller)
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council & the Office of Public Art

Warmer weather offers opportunity to soak in the bountiful beauty of Pittsburgh's public art, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Office of Public Art have just what you need to fully experience these treasures.  Adventurous works by prominent artists mark city boundaries and are integrated into its varied public spaces. Free digital and printable directions for self-guided walking tours are available in English, Arabic, Nepali and Somali languages. 

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Photo by Annie O'Neill h Magazine

In a three-part series, h magazine travels to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Homewood, Hazelwood and the Hill District, where The Heinz Endowments and other philanthropies are partnering with residents and local organizations to build on assets and expand opportunities. The second stop, in this issue of h, examines initiatives to revitalize Pittsburgh's Hill District.

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Photo by Joshua Franzos Launch of Season 2 of "We Can Be" podcast

Read Endowments President, Grant Oliphant's blog on the March 27, 2019 Season 2 launch of the “We Can Be” podcast. The podcast brings intimate, candid conversations - about the big issues of our day - with some the most accomplished, caring and action-oriented individuals in the social change arena.

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Forum

Hold the date for the Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline forum sponsored by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments to be held July 18-20.  The deadline for submitting a proposal is Sunday May 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. 

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New Report: The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods

Funded by a $250,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments, a new report, "The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods: The case of residential property," by Andre Perry, Brookings David M. Rubenstein fellow, Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup senior economist, and David Harshbarger, Brookings research assistant, seeks to understand how much money majority-black communities are losing in the housing market stemming from racial bias. Through the prism of the real estate market and homeownership in black neighborhoods, this report attempts to address the question: What is the cost of racial bias? 

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Photo by Joshua Franzos Equity Communications Workshop

More than 280 people participated in The Heinz Endowments’ first equity communications training for grantee organizations over two sessions in Fe‌bruary and Ap‌ril at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The training was led by Vanice Dunn, equity director for Provoc, a leader in communications analysis, strategy development and branding. As part of the Endowments’ efforts to more authentically infuse equity into its philosophical approach and daily practice, the foundation is partnering with Provoc to bring an equity-rooted focus to the communications practices of the Endowments and its grantees. 

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Response to Michael Rosfeld trial verdict

Joint statement by Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments and Maxwell King, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation in response to Michael Rosfeld trial verdict.

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