Particle Falls

Artist Andrea Polli brings her artwork and real-time visualization of air quality data to Downtown Pittsburgh.  What you see projected in lights on the Benedum Center is what you're breathing.  Don't miss this captivating experience! Watch the video at the left from the opening, and read Acting Evironment Director Phil Johnson's blog post on Particle Falls.

Teresa Heinz receives the Aldo Leopold Award

Heinz Endowments Chairman Teresa Heinz was given the Aldo Leopold Award from Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, making her the third recipient of the school’s highest honor. Named for the late conservationist and Yale forestry school graduate, the award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to environmental protection, stewardship or ethics.

Mobile Sculpture Workshop

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a public sculpture for the Hazelwood community. The reality may sound tame, but it wasn’t for the youth apprentices who participated in the Mobile Sculpture Workshop, a pilot program of the Industrial Arts Cooperative. The 10 neighborhood students learned about metalworking and sculpture-making, and saw their handiwork become a public art installation. Now, that’s exciting.

Pittsburgh Parent Power

Pittsburgh Parent Power kicked off on Nov. 7 with a family friendly dinner at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for more than 100 adults and children. Fifty participants representing 10 organizations spent the next day at a training session to get the new family engagement program off the ground. The initiative is funded by The Heinz Endowments and coordinated by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


Heinz Endowments Social Media

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Girl Power

"Girl Power," written by Leah Samuel with photography by John Altdorfer, describes a Heinz Endowments grantmaking strategy that focuses on the challenging middle school years as the right time to encourage girls such as 13-year-old Rayquel Stevenson to reach their fullest potential. (Photo by John Altdorfer)

Downtown and Upbeat

Downtown Pittsburgh is on the upswing, attracting an increasing number of people and investors to the heart of the city. In the h magazine cover story "Downtown and Upbeat," writer Jeffery Fraser describes how a more vibrant Downtown has been a big plus for Pittsburgh's economy, reputation and even its self-image. (Photo by John Altdorfer)

Creative Assets

Solo artists like Julie Sokolow, Mark Clayton Southers, Natalie Settles and Miguel Sague III, shown left to right, have always enriched Pittsburgh’s arts and cultural scene. "Creative Assets," written by Christine O'Toole with photography by Noah Purdy, details a two-year-old partnership between The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation that is expanding creative opportunities for these artists and providing needed support for their work. (Photos by Noah Purdy)

Family Engagement and Education

Read the new research report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University commissioned by The Heinz Endowments. This analysis of the family engagement and organizing for school reform landscape in Pittsburgh provides a scan of current efforts and recommendations for viable funding strategies to support the expansion of this important work locally.


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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.


Downtown and Upbeat

"Downtown and Upbeat," written by Jeffery Fraser describes how Downtown Pittsburgh is on the upswing, attracting an increasing number of people and investors to the heart of the city. That's been a big plus for Pittsburgh's economy, reputation and even its self-image.


Statement from Endowments' President Regarding Conflict Kitchen

In seeking to clarify our position on Conflict Kitchen’s current project last week, I spoke to the future of our relationship with the organization in a way that I fear invites misinterpretation. Just to be clear, the Endowments has a long and proud...

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Blog: THE Point


Particle Falls - it's enlightening.

By Philip Johnson

Art meets Science: Andrea Polli's artwork and real-time visualization of air quality data in downtown Pittsburgh shows us in a compelling way that we still have a lot of work to do in cleaning-up our air pollution problem.


Fourteen years of war: are we doing enough?

By Megan Andros

Today marks our record 14th consecutive Veterans Day at war. But are we doing enough to support veterans and military families who have sacrificed so much on our behalf?



After school matters

By Wayne Jones

While Allegheny County is making strides, there's still an unmet demand in our region for after-school programs. 

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