Blog: THE Point

Group of people with their backs to the camera, working together with post-it notes to organize thoughts and ideas at the p4 Pittsburgh conference. Working group at the p4 Pittsburgh Conference. Photo by Joshua Franzos
Carmen Anderson and Kristy Trautmann, January 28, 2020

Pittsburgh philanthropies launch Disability, Inclusion and Access

In November, FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments launched Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward.  We invited our grantees and foundation colleagues across the greater Pittsburgh area to explore “a better equity agenda,” one that includes the largest minority group in the world: people with disabilities.

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Pittsburgh philanthropies launch Disability, Inclusion and Access

Pittsburgh philanthropies launch Disability, Inclusion and Access

In November, FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments launched Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward.  We invited our grantees and foundation colleagues across the greater Pittsburgh area to explore “a better equity agenda,” one that includes the largest minority group in the world: people with disabilities.

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Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

Much of America’s criminal justice system “is driven by the threefold, closed-loop logic of fear, racism and indifference,” says Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant. But activists and organizations, including some foundations, are working to dispel myths, create reforms and produce a fairer system.

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Recognizing disability in our lives and our work

Recognizing disability in our lives and our work

We all should understand that disability is a normal part of human life, whether it’s due to illness, an accident, or a condition from birth or aging. If we can recognize this, Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant explains, then we also should recognize the need to eliminate unintentional and deliberate quality-of-life barriers for people with disabilities.

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

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

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Messengers of Wonder

Messengers of Wonder

The last time I felt compelled to write about whether racist rhetoric is really racist—and why it matters—was just after Martin Luther King Day of last year. A local newspaper had editorialized that the President’s targeting of immigrants and refugees from what he called “s-hole countries” was just an unfortunate but harmless vulgarism.

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Empathy's Power

Empathy's Power

One of the basic requirements of being truly human is to try to place ourselves in the shoes of others, especially those who are somehow different to us; who are marginalized by their religion, gender, or ethnicity; or who suffer through poverty, prejudice, or injustice.

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