Unified voice of 300 U.S. newspapers: Freedom of press is vital to our democracy Pablo Muñoz
The Hollander Project
1st Amendment conference videos now available Joshua Franzos

Unified voice of 300 U.S. newspapers: Freedom of press is vital to our democracy

The June 2018 “The First Amendment for the Twenty-First Century” conference brought hundreds of Pittsburghers together to discuss this pillar of our nation’s freedom, underscoring how deeply it affects all of our lives, regardless of where we live or how we vote. Now more than 300 United States newspapers have joined together in publishing editorials promoting the vital role press freedom plays in our democracy. For more on why a free press needs you, read the New York Times and Philadelphia’s The Inquirer pieces. 

Learn more about the upcoming October 2018 First Amendment Conference II

The Hollander Project

New business incubator The Hollander Project is now open and thriving in Braddock. Nine women-powered businesses - with a waiting list of 10 more – are tenants in the crisp, bright interior of the former Hollander’s Drug Store at 910 Braddock Avenue. A project of For Good Pittsburgh, The Hollander Project offers female entrepreneurs the opportunity to build and operate their businesses outside their home, affordable co-working space that fosters support and collaboration, and a large meeting space that can accommodate up to 75 people. With businesses including a notary, custom cake design, laser services and a family therapist, The Hollander Project is elevating the power of Pittsburgh’s women-owned businesses. Read more about The Hollander Project in NextPittsburgh.

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1st Amendment conference videos now available

In June, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Philadelphia-based Media Impact Funders co-sponsored “The First Amendment for the 21st Century: Current Threats and Community Responses.” The conference brought in speakers from around the country to discuss the critical importance of the fundamental liberties of freedom of religion, expression, the press, public assembly and government petition, which are facing unprecedented threats from rising incivility and intolerance. These rights are essential to what unites us as Americans, no matter our backgrounds or political ideologies. 

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The 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts Peju Alatise's "Flying Girls" will be exhibited at the August Wilson Center through March 2019.
The 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

The 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts,  a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents more than 500 opportunities over eight weeks for all to experience groundbreaking international arts and entertainment. Peju Alatise's "Flying Girls" at the August Wilson Center is an art installation inspired by the story of Sim, a young Yoruba girl who lives in two alternate worlds. In one world, she is a 9-year-old who is rented out as a domestic servant in the city of Lagos, and in the other, she can fly at will. Peju Alatise is a widely recognized contemporary artist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria, whose work examines alternative social imageries and challenges accepted narratives in politics and media. 

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h Magazine

In the Neighborhoods - 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 first stop is Homewood, a neighborhood at the eastern end of the city where entrepreneurs and artists are working to redefine the community.

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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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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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