The Heinz Endowments has identified the key priorities of Creativity, Sustainability and Learning to guide its grantmaking, placing the idea of a Just Pittsburgh at the heart of its vision. The Endowments’ commitment to these concepts has always been reflected in its work, even if not stated explicitly. Now our staff is crafting goals and strategies that will integrate the priorities across our grantmaking program areas. While this process is underway, we are providing brief overviews of each program that will be expanded later to incorporate this new approach.
The Community & Economic Development Program is devoted to increasing economic opportunity in the Pittsburgh region and improving the quality of life in communities facing social and economic challenges. Its approach includes encouraging significant development in specific geographic areas while supporting innovative community and economic development across the region. This program also invests in the creation of an environment where veterans and military families thrive socially and economically because they are welcomed, valued and understood. Among the Community & Economic Development Program’s other work is continuing the Endowments’ longtime support of ecosystems that bolster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship from technology and social ventures.