Celebrating Teresa Heinz

On Oct. 5, The Heinz Endowments celebrated Teresa Heinz’s 25 years of distinguished and outstanding leadership in philanthropy. A special event to commemorate Mrs. Heinz’s anniversary was held at the Heinz History Center attended by more than 300 dignitaries including elected officials and civic, community and business leaders. Mrs. Heinz’ contributions to the field and the Pittsburgh region were recounted in a video tribute and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial.

Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh

A major report addressing issues of racial and economic equity, inclusion and social justice was announced at a meeting of community leaders at the August Wilson Center. The report, funded by The Heinz Endowments, was produced by the national organization, PolicyLink in partnership with local organizations, Neighborhood Allies and Urban Innovation21. The report outlines a five-point agenda for equitable development, designed to create a more just and vibrant Pittsburgh, and will be the subject of a special session at the p4 Summit in Pittsburgh in October.

Please click here for a summary and full report, together with a news release and an invitation for individuals and organizations to become involved by making a pledge.

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 new 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.


Just Pittsburgh

When The Heinz Endowments rolled out the concept of "Just Pittsburgh" earlier this year, it opened the door to conversations about how commitments to equity and justice can enhance the quality of life for many residents in variety of ways. Stories in this issue of h highlight examples of what already is being done to make that happen.


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


View from p4 Conference

By Illah Nourbakhsh

Illah Nourbakhsh, a Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor and director of CMU’s CREATE Lab, attended the second annual p4 Summit, which was co-sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments and focused on equitable development. In a blog post reflecting on the conference, Dr. Nourbakhsh describes structural barriers he’s seen while working with local residents that reinforce inequity and need to be addressed.


Grantee Inclusion: A Step Towards Mutual Accountability?

By Justin Laing

Having grantees participate in the development of foundation strategies is not a guarantee of greater social impact. But in a column originally posted on the Stanford Social Innovation Review website, Endowments Senior Arts & Culture Program Officer Justin Laing describes how grantee inclusion can strengthen grantee-funder relationships and promote mutual accountability, which can prove beneficial to everyone in the long run.



By Grant Oliphant

Only hours after posting the blog entry to the right, horrifying events unfolded in Dallas, Texas with the shootings of police officers.  "Enough, no more" is more relevant than ever.

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