Cool Globes Pittsburgh From the exhibit poster designed by Joe Mruk of Red Buffalo Illustration
Still Serving
Courageous and Ethical Leadership in a Polarized World

Cool Globes Pittsburgh

Cool Globes is bringing public art with a purpose to Pittsburgh. Three local artists - Katy DeMent, Ashley Kyber and Lindsay Wright - have designed globes that will be on display in Market Square, Gateway Center and PPG Place, aiming to educate and inspire solutions to climate change. 

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Still Serving

Pittsburgh veteran J. Matthew Landis of No One Left Behind, Pittsburgh, chose to continue serving after his military career ended. He is demonstrating how veterans are experienced leaders and educated citizens who served their country and now want to serve their communities. Watch the video and share Matt’s moving story. Then learn more about our community’s veterans at

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Courageous and Ethical Leadership in a Polarized World

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments writes in Nonprofit Quarterly about the power to change culture. The genius of movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BlackLivesMatter is that while each had its creators and drivers, who spark and tend the flame, no one has really been in charge of making it all happen. That makes them messy and unpredictable. But it also gives them their power to make change happen. 

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The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. We are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.

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With grantmaking that averages almost $70 million annually, The Heinz Endowments is among the leading foundations in the United States. The impact of our grants lies in the possibilities they create, the critical need they address and the transformative change they help to bring about. Every grant listed here is part of that mission.

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Vanessa German / Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Vanessa German has gained national acclaim for her art and activism. Photo by Kurt Schlosser
Vanessa German / Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

Vanessa German is a Homewood-based arts "multi-hyphenate," a writer-activist-poet and performer-sculptor-painter who first gained acclaim for her iconic “power figure” sculptures representing strong, black women, embellished with found and repurposed objects. She spreads her artistry through the Art House where she teaches young people to express themselves through creativity, and has enthralled audiences nationwide with her self-described “spoken word opera.” Vanessa is active in Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, an initiative co-funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation to create a vibrant and inclusive cultural life in the Pittsburgh region. 

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h Magazine

A Community of We. In this special issue of h magazine, 29 Pittsburgh-area leaders describe how their work tries to build "a community of we," a place where unity, respect and justice are priorities, and all have the chance to live to their fullest potential.

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"Our Time is Now" - Pittsburgh's p4 Conference

“We have learned that this is our moment to do something right in Pittsburgh that no American city has gotten right before—to use this period of momentum to strive to become a community that embraces all its people, that respects its environment and planet, that protects its sacred places and heritage and identity and connections with history and the land, and that understands its obligation to perform at a high standard of excellence for all,” – Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments.  

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Blog: We Are What We Do

Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, tells us that what matters is not how we feel, but rather what we do. We need to choose compassion not in our words but in our deeds.

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Former Endowments intern among Pulitzer finalists

Brett Murphy was a communications intern at The Heinz Endowments six years ago, writing articles for our magazine and websites, and assisting younger interns with their projects. This spring, he was selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in journalism for his USA Today Network investigative series on the trucking industry. And the Endowments celebrates his achievement.

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Photo courtesy of the Communications Network Communications for Troubled Times

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, was a key speaker at the annual Communications Network conference in Miami in September. A former Board Chair of the Network, Mr. Oliphant addressed the subject: ‘True. Kind. Now. Communications for Troubled Times,’ urging social sector communicators to use their voices and speak up for their organizations’ values “in a time when we cannot afford to remain silent.”

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