"Our Time is Now" - Pittsburgh's p4 Conference Joshua Franzois
Former Penn Plaza residents Mabel Duffy and Myrtle Stern, standing in front of the stove in kitchen of one of the apartments they were forced out of.  Each has their arms crossed and a sad face. Maranie Rae Staab/Maranie Rae Photography
Courageous and Ethical Leadership in a Polarized World

"Our Time is Now" - Pittsburgh's p4 Conference

“We have learned that this is our moment to do something right in Pittsburgh that no American city has gotten right before—to use this period of momentum to strive to become a community that embraces all its people, that respects its environment and planet, that protects its sacred places and heritage and identity and connections with history and the land, and that understands its obligation to perform at a high standard of excellence for all,” – Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments.  Read his full remarks and learn more at www.p4Pittsburgh.org.

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Voices of Penn Plaza

Writer Jason Vrabel shares how he embedded with the last handful of residents of East Liberty’s Penn Plaza apartment complex after they had been given 90-day notices of eviction in the lead-up to their building’s demolition, and why giving agency to their voices is critical to our city’s identity and future.  Read about their experiences – with images by photographer Maranie Rae Staab – in this grantee profile. 

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Courageous and Ethical Leadership in a Polarized World

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments writes in Nonprofit Quarterly about the power to change culture. The genius of movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BlackLivesMatter is that while each had its creators and drivers, who spark and tend the flame, no one has really been in charge of making it all happen. That makes them messy and unpredictable. But it also gives them their power to make change happen. 

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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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Society for Contemporary Craft SCC's Visual Weekends exhibit includes "Punk Necklace Series: Treat the Youth Right" and "Red, White, Brainwashed, 2017" by artist David Bogus. (Photo by David Bogus)
Society for Contemporary Craft

Since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft  has engaged the public in creative experiences through presentations of and interaction with contemporary craft. SCC currently is featuring Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, a National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Annual Exhibition. The exhibition highlights 37 ceramic artists who have created powerful works touching on personal and global issues that, in ways both literal and abstract, acknowledge how intolerance spawns racial, religious, class and gender biases in every part of the world.  See this powerful exhibit in SCC's main gallery through August 18. 

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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.

Learn more and read Grant Oliphant's remarks
Blog: Reflections

Endowments President Grant Oliphant describes how complaints in a Pittsburgh neighborhood about an artist’s billboard message declaring “There Are Black People in the Future” reveal this country’s inability to deal with race honestly and openly.

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Former Endowments intern among Pulitzer finalists

Brett Murphy was a communications intern at The Heinz Endowments six years ago, writing articles for our magazine and websites, and assisting younger interns with their projects. This spring, he was selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in journalism for his USA Today Network investigative series on the trucking industry. And the Endowments celebrates his achievement.

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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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Notice to all Grantseekers!

We will begin a conversion of our online application system on June 4, 2018. Any applications currently in our system that have been started but not yet submitted will be lost after 12:01 a.m. on June 4. Unsubmitted applications will NOT be recoverable. The system will be closed for approximately two weeks, and you will not be able to submit or review anything during that time period. We anticipate the online application process will be available once again the week of June 18.

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