Prayer for Peace

Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant was among speakers at a major lunchtime community gathering hosted by Mayor William Peduto Friday, Aug. 18 in Downtown Pittsburgh. “A Prayer for Pittsburgh: A Prayer for Peace” was held in the aftermath of events in Charlottesville, Va. Read Mr. Oliphant’s remarks from the Pittsburgh event and his earlier blog on CharlottesvilleWatch the video of the entire gathering posted on Pittsburgh's City Channel.

Al Gore and Climate Reality Project Conference Coming to Pittsburgh

The Climate Reality Project, led by the organization’s chairman, former Vice President Al Gore, will hold its 36th Climate Reality Corps activist training in Pittsburgh Oct. 17-19. The Heinz Endowments-sponsored event will be at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

There is no cost to attend the conference, but interested individuals are required to apply as soon as possible to secure a place. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 12.

Hazelwood Mini-Grant Opportunity

As one of three grantmaking strategic areas of the Heinz Endowments, Learning is soliciting mini-grant applications for projects in Hazelwood that align with one or more of two priority areas in Hazelwood: Family and Child Well-being & Holistic Education.

Read more about the Hazelwood Mini-Grants program. All applications are due Friday, September 8, 2017.

(Photo by Sean Means: Unveiling of the mini-grants program at a community conversation in Hazelwood)

Inside Almono

The articles, timeline and infographics in this section of our magazine together tell the story of how a former Pittsburgh steel mill is becoming a model of a sustainable community. (Photo by Seth Zora, Courtesy of

Nurturing Neurons

Nurturing Neurons,” by Christine H. O'Toole, explains how learning more about the ways in which babies develop can guide public policy in areas such as education and health so that both children and communities thrive.

Sustaining Strategies

"Sustaining Strategies: Making Progress with p4," by Jeffery Fraser, describes how Pittsburgh's p4 initiative has made inroads in solidifying the city's commitment to sustainable development that were unveiled at a second p4 Summit last fall. (Photo by Dave DiCello)

Community Play-Creation

"Community Play-Creation," by Mark Kramer, reminds us that when residents, including children, have the chance to help design play spaces in their own communities, everyone can enjoy the process and the outcome. (Photo courtesy of GTECH)

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 approach is based on a central, unifying framework — p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance — and was launched at an international summit in 2015.

To learn more, watch the new video and visit the p4 website.

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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.


Next Stage

"Next Stage," by Jeffery Fraser details the history of the Almono development in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood.


Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

The Heinz Endowments, in partnership with the FISA Foundation, commissioned Data Snapshot: Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to draw attention to alarming gender and racial disparities that Black girls in our region face ...


Blog: THE Point



By Grant Oliphant

Endowments’ President Grant Oliphant speaks to the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. Hatred and violence are dangerous, but indifference can be even worse. Charlottesville was a call to us to denounce this ugliness, to not feed it with our indifference, and to send it back into the shameful dark where it belongs.


Rethink Vets

By Grant Oliphant

Veterans should be treated as community assets when they return to civilian life. Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant explains how a new public service campaign encourages employers and the public to offer veterans opportunities rather than lip service.


Finding Purpose Through Broken Pieces

By Rev. Tim Smith

In this moving tribute to Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, Rev. Tim Smith describes the hope and resiliency of residents who have experienced pain and loss but are determined to pursue wholeness and justice in their community.

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