Two hands meet as one person hands off a small American flag to the other. Scott Goldsmith
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
Bright purple overlapping shapes of mold as seen under a microscope. Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the most common airborne fungi, and may cause allergic diseases, respiratory illnesses and bloodstream infections in humans.

Emigration - Immigration - Migration

The Westmoreland Museum of Art has garnered recent attention from the New York Times for its Emigration-Immigration-Migration exhibit. Featuring photographic imagery to document the faces and experiences of multiple generations of immigrants and their descendants, the exhibit is guided by the premise that “we all come from somewhere.” Emigration - Immigration - Migration highlights the work of five Pittsburgh photographers—Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill—whose images serve as a lens through which to consider the broader American experience. Through April 22; visit

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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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The Case for Healthier Homes

Mold magnified under a microscope can be a beautiful thing, with brilliant purple shapes overlapping like islands in a violet sea. Mold, lead and radon in homes are anything but lovely, however, and can lead to serious health issues. Heinz Endowments grantee CCI has received Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage for its research and report on how Pittsburgh area families can create healthier homes. CCI’s The Case for Healthier Homes outlines the findings, drawing on input from regional experts and national success stories alike. Read the report summary, download a poster and take action to make your home safer here.

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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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Green truck with large "412 Food Rescue" logo on side. It's a winter day, and a man is leaning against the hood of the truck. The Food Rescue Hero app connects food donations with nonprofits that can use it.   image of truck:  412 Food Rescue's Ugly CSA program creates new markets for delicious but unattractive produce. (Photo by Andrew McCutchen)
412 Food Rescue

Forty percent of food produced worldwide gets wasted, and in the United States 1 in 7 are hungry. 412 Food Rescue bridges the disconnect between waste and hunger by rescuing perfectly viable food from going to waste and directly distributing to organizations that serve those who are hungry. 412 Food Rescue’s portfolio of food recovery initiatives ranges from building technology and logistics infrastructure to creating new markets for food that would otherwise go to landfills. To receive or donate food, volunteer or learn more, visit  

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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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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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Grant Application Deadline

The deadline to submit a general application to be considered at the Spring board meeting is Thursday, March 1.  For more information on how to apply, visit our Apply for a Grant page.

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