(Un) Finished Business

"(Un) Finished Business," written by Christine O'Toole, explains that while much has been accomplished in and around Pittsburgh, much still needs to be done. For example, the vibrancy of the Downtown Cultural District, particularly during quarterly Gallery Crawls sponsored by the city’s Cultural Trust, contrasts with the unattractive building facades and parking lots along Eighth Street, where development was postponed because of the nation’s recession. (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Rivertown Rebirth

"Rivertown Rebirth," written by Jeffery Fraser, describes the optimism and opportunities that are increasing in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood as the community transforms. Read how a nonprofit partnership supported by The Heinz Endowments helps residents like Maurice Cole, left, buy their first homes, and stabilizes the neighborhood for future generations such as, from left to right, Juell, Creasure and Icesis Jones, whom Cole knows through local youth programs. (Photo by Tom Johnson)

Gadgets & Gizmos & Community Gain

"Gadgets & Gizmos & Community Gain," written by Cristina Rouvalis, explains how Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab is addressing social changes through technology in ways that empower and assist individuals and communities. Pictured here is Finch, created by CREATE Lab to enable students to learn about writing computer programs and see the results first hand. (Photo by Justin Visnesky)

Breathe Cam is live!

Discover more about the air you breathe by watching Breathe Cam’s high-resolution panoramas of Pittsburgh’s skyline and other views of the region. The zoomable live camera feed, historical time-lapses, embedded monitoring data and newly designed features to rapidly identify events of interest will enable you to see how pollution affects visibility and will increase your understanding of its impact on your health. This powerful camera system is another tool you can use to help improve and protect our air.

Funded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, Breathe Cam was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.  WATCH BREATHE CAM.

Heinz Endowments Social Media

The Heinz Endowments is now on social media! Please join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter as we talk about our programs and initiatives, philanthropy, Pittsburgh and a whole lot more. We’d love to connect with you and share ideas and inspiration!

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BMe nominations are open!

BMe Community is a national network of black men and other community-builders of all races and genders who connect to share, inspire, and empower communities. Each year BMe identifies black men to become BMe Leaders, each funded with a $10,000 grant. Ten BMe Leaders will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area this year. Nominations must be received by March 27. Those who wish to apply themselves are encouraged to use this link: www.bmecommunity.org/app Those who wish to nominate someone else should do so here: www.bmecommunity.org/nominate To learn more about the work of BMe, attend an informational happy hour event on Friday, March 20 from 5pm – 8pm at Savoy in the Strip District.


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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.


(Un) Finished Business

"(Un) Finished Business," written by Christine O'Toole, reminds us that while much has been accomplished in and around Pittsburgh, much still needs to be done.


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 ...


Blog: THE Point


Changing the Narrative

By Carmen Anderson

BMe Leaders are part of a national network of black men who share, inspire and empower communities. Ten African American men will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area for this honor. Nominations must be received by March 27.


Crossing Fences stories reflect King’s legacy

By Carmen J. Lee

Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to express appreciation of men like those who participated in the Crossing Fences oral history project and are following Dr. King’s example of commitment to service, equality and leadership.


Particle Falls - it's enlightening.

By Philip Johnson

Art meets Science: Andrea Polli's artwork and real-time visualization of air quality data in downtown Pittsburgh shows us in a compelling way that we still have a lot of work to do in cleaning-up our air pollution problem.

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