Attendees of the Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership conference in the auditorium at the August Wilson Center during one of the presentations. Joshual Franzos
Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments presenting at the Communications Network conference in Miami. Photo courtesy of the Communications Network


Read our public response, co-signed by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, to an editorial published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Martin Luther King Day.

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Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership

Nearly 400 grantee partners of The Heinz Endowments gathered for a seminar hosted by the foundation, ‘Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership’ at the August Wilson Center. In the wake of Charlottesville, Pittsburgh regional nonprofits explored how to make their voices heard in defense of their organizations’ values and missions, and in support of the individuals they serve. The event addressed critical issues of racial, social and economic equity in our region. Learn more about the event and watch the video.

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Communications for Troubled Times

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, was a key speaker at ComNet17, the annual Communications Network conference in Miami in September. A former Board Chair of the Network – the membership organization for communications professionals working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector – 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.” Watch the speech or view the transcript.

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Our Mission & Strategic Areas

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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Three student jump over a snow bank while on the playground of Three Rivers Village School. Students play outside earlier this month at the The Three Rivers Village School. (Photo courtesy of TRVS)
Three Rivers Village School

The Three Rivers Village School (TRVS) is an independent alternative school serving youth ages 5 -  19. TRVS's provides a setting where the human tendency to self-actualize is trusted and students balance autonomy with responsibility for themselves and the school community. Part of the Hazelwood mini-grant collective, TRVS admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and with or without special needs or giftedness. The Hazelwood Mini-Grant Initiative includes a dozen grantees that have been awarded up to $25,000 each to support community-inspired family and child well-being projects and innovative education opportunities in the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood.

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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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Blog: The Pursuit for Justice

To commemorate the life and contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Anderson, The Heinz Endowments’ director of equity and social justice, describes how the foundation’s commitment to equity reflects efforts to continue Dr. King’s legacy of pursuing justice for all.

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Photo by Renee Rosensteel. Small Arts Initiative Deadline

The Small Arts Initiative application is now available.  Learn more about this initiative, and make sure to submit your application by March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm!

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Photo by Eric A. Smith Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative is an outgrowth of a commitment by both The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments to create a vibrant and inclusive cultural life in the Pittsburgh region. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on March 1, 2018, and funding decisions will be announced by May 31.

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Three Ways to Make Equitable Development Work

By Angela Glover Blackwell

Everyone has a role in building a more inclusive and just society. Through its All-In Cities initiative, PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy organization focused on economic and social equity, assists government and civic leaders across the country in adopting equitable development policies and practices. In this web-only addition to our h magazine special issue “A Community of We,” PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell identifies key steps to ensuring that development efforts contribute to a better future for everyone.

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Employment Opportunity

The Heinz Endowments is seeking to hire a Program Officer, Policy and Strategy in the Learning Area.  Background, purpose and scope of the position are available for your consideration. The  Endowments has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this process. Interested individuals wishing to confidentially discuss this opportunity may contact Todd Owens, Principal at or 412.512.3879. Please note that applications are not accepted at this email address.  Application materials are due by 5pm on Friday, February 16th, 2018.

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