A Deep Look at Just Pittsburgh

“Going Deep with Aaron Watson,” sponsored by Audible, is a forum for meaningful, deep conversations about the passions, fears and challenges faced by people from all walks of life. Guests talk about entrepreneurship, sports, finance, writing and lifestyle design. Aaron interviewed Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant this month about the Endowments’ work towards a more Just Pittsburgh. Listen to the podcast.

Advancing black arts — and artists

The 2017 Advancing Black Arts Guidelines are now available.  Applications are due March 1, 2017 (with funding decisions announced by May 31) and Aug. 1, 2017 (with funding decisions announced by Oct. 31.) For more information, please review the 2017 program guidelines.

Support Our Veterans

Earlier this year, The Heinz Endowments sponsored a series of community forums for veterans and service members in southwestern Pennsylvania, asking them what resources and opportunities they needed. Watch the video and listen to the challenges they faced returning to civilian life. Then, read the blog post telling the experiences of two PAServes intake specialists, veterans themselves, as they work to connect veterans to needed services.

Just Pittsburgh

When The Heinz Endowments rolled out the concept of “Just Pittsburgh” earlier this year, it opened the door to conversations about how commitments to equity and justice can enhance the quality of life for many residents in a variety of ways. Stories in this issue of h highlight examples of what already is being done to make that happen. Read the intro. (Photo by Scott Goldsmith)

Just Health

Good health has to be nurtured, especially when resources are limited. Some Pittsburgh programs that have taken this idea to heart are expanding the availability of fresh produce through urban gardening while others are ensuring that local babies are born healthy and thrive. (Photo by Scott Goldsmith)

“Garden Fresh,” by Christine O’Toole
Head Start,” by Christine O’Toole

Just Community

It takes commitment and determination to create a diverse and welcoming community that offers everyone the opportunity to achieve. Eff orts to do this in the Pittsburgh region include those supporting groups ranging from architects and ex-offenders to veterans and immigrants. (Photo by Scott Goldsmith)

“Design Inclusion,” by Jeffery Fraser
“Previewing p4: Economic and Social Equity,” by Jeffery Fraser
“Then to Now: Pittsburgh’s Immigrant Story,” by Ben Wecht
“Homefront,” by Jeffery Fraser

Just Arts

When individuals have the chance to experience the arts, many are inspired, impressed and even transformed. That’s why providing quality arts experiences to as many people as possible, regardless of who they are or where they live, is important in a just society. (Photo by Scott Goldsmith)

Art on the Block,” by Renee Aldrich
The Art of Expression,” by Renee Aldrich
Community Transformazium,” by Cristina Rouvalis

Just Education

Education is the key to success for many youth, and programs that allow young people to pursue higher education or learn new creative skills can promote future success. (Photo by Scott Goldsmith)

“Keeping the Promise,” by Eleanore Chute
Airtime,” by Malik Vincent

p4 Pittsburgh

The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments are spearheading a major effort to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. This approach is based on a central, unifying framework — p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance — and was launched at an international summit in 2015.

To learn more, watch the new video and visit the new p4 website.

Heinz Endowments Social Media

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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.


Just Pittsburgh

When The Heinz Endowments rolled out the concept of "Just Pittsburgh" earlier this year, it opened the door to conversations about how commitments to equity and justice can enhance the quality of life for many residents in variety of ways. Stories in this issue of h highlight examples of what already is being done to make that happen.


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We must remain an inclusive and welcoming city for all

By Grant Oliphant

H.J. Heinz, who founded the company that bore his name and created the wealth that in later generations endowed this foundation, was the child of immigrants, as were so many who started businesses in our community and so many who came here looking for work and for opportunities of their own.



By Grant Oliphant


"I have felt overwhelmed by a landscape transformed by a maelstrom of fake news, misinformation, trolling, vilification and distraction..."



By Grant Oliphant

In the last week my team and I have been asked countless times what the 2016 election and the ugliness and rancor that surrounded it mean for our agenda. Now that the election is over, many of the organizations we fund are expressing deep concern about the people and causes they serve.

We share that worry. But we are undeterred.

Here is what I told our team at the Endowments last week, which I believe only more emphatically now: We are not in the politics business; we are in the hope business. We are in the social impact business. What happened in the election was politics; what matters for us is what happens now, what we do next. 

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