Grant Oliphant smiling in conversation, seated behind a microphone. Joshua Franzos
Mosaic and mirror sculpture in the shape of a tree at nighttime with the city in the background. Heather Mull
Two hands meet as one person hands off a small American flag to the other. Scott Goldsmith

"We Can Be"

Give your life a healthy dose of inspiration by listening or subscribing to The Heinz Endowments’ new weekly podcast “We Can Be.” Hosted by Endowments’ President Grant Oliphant, the podcast brings listeners thoughtful and informed discussions on local, national and global challenges, and showcases the work of nonprofits and regional institutions. The 20-episode season features leaders as they share the often moving, sometimes funny and always inspiring accounts of how they came to believe that together we can be a healthier, smarter, and more creative and just community.

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P4 Progress Takes Hold in Uptown

As Uptown Partners’ executive director, Jeanne McNutt is a longtime resident and advocate for the neighborhood, and serves as a community voice as new development takes hold in the Uptown EcoInnovation District (EID). She has worked with the City’s Department of City Planning, institutions and stakeholders in Uptown to create the The EcoInnovation District Plan – Pittsburgh’s first City-adopted community plan. Inspired in part by values set forth in the p4 conferences, the new EcoInnovation District Zoning plan announced on February 20th includes a Performance Points System that allows flexibility for developers while ensuring that projects keep within parameters outlined by the neighborhood. Read more on the story of what this means for Uptown – and the city at large - here.

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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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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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Two students sitting inside a plane at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. The Consortium for Public Education coordinated this recent student group visit to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Photo by Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
The Consortium for Public Education

The Consortium for Public Education serves 35 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania through programs like Be a Middle School Mentor, Refugee Youth Employment Project, and College & Career Knowledge. They connect educators, businesses, and community members to support students as they plan their future. Learn how you or your business can help through sponsorship of a student, class or teacher here.

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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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CMU launches Metro21: Smart Cities Institute

Carnegie Mellon University has launched Metro21: Smart Cities Institute as a university-wide academic center for excellence in research, development and deployment in addressing 21st century challenges facing metro areas. At a launch event today (March 2, 2018), Farnham Jahanian, CMU’s Interim President, was joined by keynote speakers Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive; Karina Ricks, Director Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at the City of Pittsburgh and Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments.

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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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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. 

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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.”

Watch the speech or view the transcript

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