Mission and Goals

Our Mission - The Heinz Endowments is based in Pittsburgh, where we use our region as a laboratory for the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Although the majority of our giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, we work wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill our mission. That 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; Community & Economic Development; Education; and Environment.

The Heinz Endowments seeks to:
  • Help ignite and sustain a new era of regional transformation by facilitating demonstrable and exemplary progress in areas critical to the community's future.
  • Have a material and systemic impact on the priorities identified by our program areas and special initiatives.
  • Be a leading national benchmark for foundation effectiveness, ethics, regional focus and general excellence in philanthropy.
  • Promote the advancement of a sustainable, diverse and inclusive society.
  • Preserve our ability to sustain our philanthropic impact over time by continuing the prudent and longstanding practice of living within our means and managing our assets for the long term.
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