Call to Moral Leadership gathering encourages nonprofits to stand up for their values and social justice Photo by Joshua Franzos
New media campaign shows depth and value of our Post-9/11 veterans
21 community leaders announced as Lead Now Pittsburgh 2019 fellowship cohort

Call to Moral Leadership gathering encourages nonprofits to stand up for their values and social justice

Nearly 400 Heinz Endowments grantees attended the seminar “Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership: Courage to Act,” held Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The event marked the second consecutive year that the Endowments invited foundation grantees to a Call to Moral Leadership gathering at the center, where speakers encouraged attendees to use their skills, expertise and platforms to defend their organizations’ values and missions while supporting the individuals they serve.

Read more about the inspiring speakers and discussions during “Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership: Courage to Act.”

New media campaign shows depth and value of our Post-9/11 veterans

The Heinz Endowments has launched a new digital media campaign that aims to help bridge the military-civilian gap of the United States’ 2.6 million Post-9/11 veterans, including approximately 50,000 who have settled in the Pittsburgh region. The month-long campaign features new content at, including personal stories and a series of short videos designed for social media sharing that address with candor the misperceptions that veterans face as they reintegrate into civilian life. 

Read the full announcement about the new RethinkVets digital media campaign.

21 community leaders announced as Lead Now Pittsburgh 2019 fellowship cohort

Leadership Pittsburgh has announced the 21 community innovators chosen as participants for their Lead Now Pittsburgh (LnP) 2019 fellowship program. Funded by the Endowments, LnP provides selected fellows with a year of immersive training covering important leadership skills, collaboration, coaching and new organizational approaches so that they can emerge as powerful catalysts for social change. Read an interview with Leadership Pittsburgh President Aradhna Oliphant about the program.

Full list of the 2019 LnP fellows

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1Hood Media Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, works to ensure others do not suffer from racial and social injustice. (Image courtesy of
1Hood Media

1Hood Media is a nationally recognized collective of socially conscious artists and activists who use art as a means of raising awareness about social justice matters affecting people around the world. Their three focus areas - arts and culture, youth and activism - converge on Jan. 16 as they present "A Conversation with Sybrina Fulton" at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Ms. Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was followed, shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in a 2012 incident widely believed to have involved racial profiling. Hear the first-hand account of her courageous journey, and learn how she has converted her grief over the death of her son into service and activism. 

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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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We Are the Cure

In response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, asserts that the cure to this sickness in our society is in all of us - love, tolerance and coming together in community.

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Joshua Franzos Tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue: Statement from The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments grieves with our community over the hateful attack on innocent worshippers at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. We condemn as strongly as humanly possible this unconscionable act of violence and the hatred that drove it. We stand firmly with our Pittsburgh community in the knowledge that our differences make us stronger, that we are one people in one community, and that we must all work together to create a more just and equitable future for us all regardless of our religion, race, heritage, ethnicity, gender, or any other category of difference. 

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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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Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh

A Heinz Endowments-funded study by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems reveals severe racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions at Allegheny County schools. The report, “Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh: Local Challenges and Promising Solutions,” found that countywide the suspension rate for black students was more than seven times the rate for their non-black peers. The study also offers solutions, including reforms that are being used successfully in the Woodland Hills School District.

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