Volunteer wearing face mask and gloves loads a box of food from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank into the trunk of a car. Joshua Franzos
Young African American boy wearing a plaid shirt and playing with a block in a preschool setting.
Bryan Stephenson's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Heinz Endowments Response to COVID-19

Every sector of society has a role in helping our neighbors during this COVID-19 crisis, and we at The Heinz Endowments are committed to doing our part. Our emergency grantmaking is supporting efforts to save lives, protect public health, meet essential basic needs and support frontline groups while shoring up our core grantees.

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Public-private partnership launches new child care digital resource to support families

The Endowments announces a new public-private partnership and major funding to help strengthen the region’s child care sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Child advocacy non-profit Trying Together will manage the initiative in tandem with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, with additional support from the City of Pittsburgh.

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One Life

Grant Oliphant's latest blog in the wake of the recent violence against black America.

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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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Text in image: Do you want more money in your children's classrooms? The census counts. Do do you. Children, immigrants, rural households and those in low-income communities are among the most undercounted populations.
Keystone Counts

While we are living in uncertain times, one thing is more clear than ever: each and every person in our community counts. 2020 census forms have arrived in southwestern Pennsylvania mailboxes, with easy instructions about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. Short on time? Don't worry. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Keystone Counts is a statewide coalition of advocacy groups, service providers and community organizations that have joined together to build an education and outreach effort for a fair and accurate 2020 census. 

Learn more about what's at stake and commit to being counted
h Magazine

The Case for Reform - this special issue of the magazine looks at  criminal justice reform initiatives developed by nonprofits, government agencies and foundations in the Pittsburgh region and across the U.S. Each story, whether narrated in an essay or recorded from an interview, offers a challenge to support a fairer justice system that will help create a better society.

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Photo by Joshua Franzos FREE Webinar Series

Learn easy steps to make your nonprofit more welcoming and accessible to people with disabilities. The Heinz Endowments and FISA Foundations are partnering with Bender Consulting Services to offer a series of short webinars to address accessibility issues.

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Portrayal and Perception II

This Endowments-funded study was conducted as a follow up of a 2011 analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The new report was designed to determine if progress had been made in media coverage of black people in the Pittsburgh region and to include a review of coverage of black women and girls. Read the full report.

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Covid-19 Resources

Need information or help in dealing with Covid-19?  See United Way's resource page on the subject.

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tHRive is an HR-based program for small to mid-size nonprofits designed to elevate the human resources and people–centric practices (employees, volunteers and boards) to enhance organizational capacity and community impact. tHRive is supported by the Endowments and The Forbes Funds.

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Grant Oliphant interview on "The Business of Giving" podcast

Endowments President Grant Oliphant on the WNYM-AM "Business of Giving" Podcast hosted by Denver Frederick talks about how the Endowments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic - and how the nonprofit sector is ripe for reinvention.

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