Three young African America men are singing on a city street. One is playing the guitar. Sean Means
photo of Carol R Brown awardees Cameron Barnett and Adriana Ramirez
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Creative Learning RFP

The Heinz Endowments’ Creative Learning initiative builds on and expands earlier programs to provide equitable creative arts and cultural learning for all young people in the Pittsburgh region. As part of this effort, the Endowments is looking for a lead organization or coalition of partner organizations to serve as the Creative Learning Network Anchor to focus the work in the region.

More information about the initiative and the request for proposals

The 2019 Carol R. Brown Awards

The 2019 Carol R. Brown Awards will honor acclaimed literary artists Adriana Ramirez and Cameron Barnett at the Dec. 9 event at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. The awards will be a joyous celebration of the arts, with special musical guests Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, and her daughter, Toshi Reagon. Register for this free, open-to-the-public event here. 

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Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward

The Heinz Endowments and the FISA Foundation are launching the initiative Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward to encourage local nonprofits and foundations to increase inclusion of people with disabilities in their operations and practice. Upcoming webinars, a directory of online resources and other technical assistance to promote accessibility and inclusion are being provided as part of the effort. A small grants program to help nonprofits become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities also is being created, with details scheduled to be announced in early 2020.

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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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A Moment to Reflect

Best Buddies logo is on the left. Photo on the right is a Best Buddies mentor with his arm around a young man. Best Buddies was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, and its logo is donated artwork by artist and Pittsburgh native Keith Haring. (Photo courtesy of Best Buddies, International)
Best Buddies

Best Buddies creates fun, meaningful opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With outposts in all 50 states and in 50 countries around the world, the organization's Pittsburgh office is part of an effective network that helps those with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. Best Buddies' seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with or without disabilities worldwide.   

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