After School Matters

Welcome to THE Point. Our blog is designed to provide information, insight and commentary from The Heinz Endowments’ leadership and program staff about our philanthropic initiatives, focusing on critical issues affecting the well-being of communities in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. Please join us and take a dip into THE Point. We welcome your comments.

In After School Matters, Children, Youth & Families Senior Program Officer Wayne Jones explains that while Allegheny County is making strides in providing learning and enrichment opportunities for students outside of the classroom, there’s still an unmet demand in our region for after-school programs. (Photo by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy)

The Future of the August Wilson Center

Ensuring that the August Wilson Center for African American Culture is a thriving contributor to Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape is a priority for local civic and foundation leaders. On Oct. 24, WQED Multimedia’s 4802 host Chris Moore discussed the center’s future with Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments; Maxwell King, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation; Sala Udin, president and CEO of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership; and janera solomon, executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Watch the episode here.

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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.


In “Rebound,” the lead story in h magazine’s special young adults issue, David Golebiewski explains how Pittsburgh’s resurgence is the result of collaboration among different sectors in the region, including philanthropy. ALung Technologies is among the local companies that have helped to reinvigorate the economy and attract young employees such as Scott Morley, 31, ALung’s vice president of marketing, shown here with Sarah Frank, a quality engineer at Regulatory and Quality Solutions LLC. (Photography by Joshua Franzos)

Why Pittsburgh?

Why Pittsburgh?” A group of under-40-somethings explain why they consider Pittsburgh to be an attractive place to live. (Illustration by Peter Arkle)

Livable for All?

The promise of Pittsburgh’s economic recovery has not been available to everyone. In “Livable for All?” community magazine writer and editor Malik Vincent talks about his challenges and the accomplishments that haven’t come easily. (Photography by Joshua Franzos)

3 Rivers × 2 Wheels

Sara Cole rides her bicycle to work almost every day, from her house in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood to her job Downtown as an instructor at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. In “3 Rivers x 2 Wheels,” read about Cole’s passion for biking and see the view from her handlebars of her route to work. (Photography by Joshua Franzos)

Knowledge Factories

Knowledge Factories” by Ben Schwartz, with reporting by Mona Moraru, tells how new economic opportunities in Pittsburgh have spurred new educational ones, with schools such as Point Park and Robert Morris universities growing in regional prominence.

61 Things

Peter Arkle’s “61 Things” illustration highlights the range of people, places and objects that could be seen by a kayaker on Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Perhaps this perspective offers a new appreciation of the rivers and the view.

Opportunity & Adventure

If you’re young — or young at heart — what can you do for fun in Pittsburgh that reflects the city’s unique character? In “Opportunity & Adventure,” University of Pittsburgh student Kelsey Hughes gives a tour of hip venues around town to add to must-see lists. (Photograph by Emmai Alaquiva)

After Steel: Business Rebirth

After Steel: Business Rebirth” by Michael Oliphant explores how Pittsburgh’s rebound from the collapse of the steel industry is a tale of new beginnings across the business landscape. 4moms, with its robotics-infused baby products, is just one example of how timing, talent and a good idea can lead to local startup success. (Photography by Joshua Franzos)


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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.


African American Men and Boys Initiative News

Heinz Endowments-supported efforts to increase the number of African American male teachers, which include the Black Men Teaching and Heinz Fellows initiatives, reflect a recognition among individuals and groups across the country that more black men are ...


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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. 


Propel Hazelwood: Fulfilling a dream

By Stan Thompson

Discussions about public education can easily become bogged down by school reform rhetoric. Hazelwood parents, students and community leaders offer an alternative narrative.


Science is good? You bet it is.

By Grant Oliphant

Philanthropy should ask important questions about how natural gas drilling is affecting our health, environment and communities, even if the answers might be inconvenient.

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