Image of Dr. Cornel West with his arm around the shoulders of Bikari Kitwana
It’s Time to Bring Back America's Noble Impulses Detail from The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. ( Photo by Scott Roller
Text: "Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Symposium 2019" with a red, black and green background

"We Can Be" podcast returns!

The second half of season two of our “We Can Be” podcast is back with new episodes every Wednesday. Download, listen and share intimate, lively conversations with the most interesting individuals in the social change realm. From academic/author/activist Dr. Cornel West to PostIndustrial journalist Carmen Gentile, or refugee advocate Sloane Davidson and Emmy-winning filmmaker Emmai Alaquiva, “We Can Be” features candid talk with accomplished, caring and action-oriented leaders.

Listen to "We Can Be"

It’s Time to Bring Back America's Noble Impulses

America has always struggled with racist, misogynist, elitist, and nativist tendencies to rationalize the pain of others we label “less than.” Endowments President Grant Oliphant shares why it’s critical – especially at this moment – that we resist this “less than” compulsion with a nobler civic impulse to treat others as we would ourselves, share rights and opportunities more broadly, and unite against hate. “It is our job to help resurrect that impulse now.”

Read the blog

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Symposium

Join Black artists, cultural organizations and creatives for the inaugural Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Symposium, Sept. 19 and 20 at the MuseumLab on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s North Side campus. Together we’ll explore this year’s theme, There is Black Art in the Future: Securing and Growing Black Creative Communities, through insightful sessions, on-site consultations and TED-style talks.

More information and registration

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.

Learn More


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.

Apply For A Grant

Highlighted Grantee

GASP's 50th anniversary logo, with the words, "Celebrating 50 years of improving the air."
Group Against Smog and Pollution

GASP! Guess who's turning 50? Group Against Smog and Pollution is celebrating five decades of clean air activism.  Founded in 1969 by volunteers concerned about air quality in southwestern Pennsylvania, the organization and its members have been diligent watchdogs, educators, litigators, and policymakers on a host of environmental issues, with a focus on air quality in the Pittsburgh region. Celebrate with GASP at its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 12, which will feature the Michelle Madoff Award of Environmental Excellence honoring five women nominated by the community for their work in improving the environment of our region: Sierra Club's Eva Resnick-Day, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's Patty Himes, Environmental Health News' Kristina Mausic, Thoughtful Balance's Laura Nettleton, and asthma expert Dr. Deborah Gentile. 

More information

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us through our online form with questions or comments.

Get In Touch