Southwest PA Says No More

Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. Across southwest Pennsylvania, community leaders and thousands of concerned citizens are coming together to take action to end violence against women. Watch this important message from Pittsburgh’s corporate and civic leaders, including Endowments' President, Grant Oliphant.

Better Air: A Must for Pittsburgh's Future

The Pittsburgh region continues to rank among the most polluted cities in the country, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, and that’s not good for business.  It is now time for us collectively to move past the who’s-to-blame game and start working together to clean up our air and make Pittsburgh a center of sustainability and innovation. Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant explains in this blog post why we need to take the region’s dangerous air quality seriously.

p4 Pittsburgh

The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments co-hosted an international summit last month to begin forging a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable, all based around a central, unifying framework — p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance. Speaker videos are now available on the p4 Pittsburgh website. You also can follow post-conference activities and discussions via #p4pgh. And although the summit is over, you can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as the work begins.

(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)


Since it was founded in 2008, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh has been working to improve the aesthetics of communities in and around Pittsburgh while improving the lives of the young adults the organization has taught and placed into skilled-labor... Read More

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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.


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 model is based around a central, unifying framework—p4: People, ...


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Remembering to Remember

By Megan Andros

Memorial Day is supposed to be a day of remembrance, but a disconnect between Americans and the military is growing. What does this mean for veterans returning home from combat?


Better Air: A Must for Pittsburgh's Future

By Grant Oliphant

Our air isn’t improving any faster than the rest of the country’s, because other communities are moving faster to stem dangerous pollutants. In Pittsburgh, we are still breathing dangerously dirty air, with very real and well-documented consequences for our health.


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.

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