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h Magazine - Issue 1, 2018
 h Magazine - Issue 1, 2018

Organizational, August 24, 2018

In a three-part series, h magazine travels to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Homewood, Hazelwood and the Hill District, where The Heinz Endowments and other philanthropies are partnering with residents and local organizations to build on assets and expand opportunities. The first stop, in this issue of h, is Homewood, a neighborhood at the eastern end of the city where entrepreneurs and artists are working to redefine the community.

Also included in this issue is "Technology Shift," which discusses efforts underway to ensure that, as technology advances, local workers don't get left behind and "The Write Place," detailing the work of City of Asylum, which provides sanctuary for writers who have been persecuted in their home countries and creates community for those who want to explore art from around the world.

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Technology Shift
Technology Shift

Sustainability, August 24, 2018

"Technology Shift," by Jeffery Fraser, discusses how, as the Pittsburgh region takes the stage as a leader in technology innovation and artificial intelligence, making sure today’s local workers have a role in this new future is a priority.

In the Neighborhoods
In the Neighborhoods

Organizational, August 24, 2018

In a three-part series, h magazine travels to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Homewood, Hazelwood and the Hill District, where The Heinz Endowments and other philanthropies are partnering with residents and local organizations to build on assets and expand opportunities. The first stop, in this issue of h, is Homewood, a neighborhood at the eastern end of the city where entrepreneurs and artists are working to redefine the community.

15208
15208

Sustainability, August 24, 2018

"15208," written by Elwin Green, tells the story of how Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood is reinventing itself, reviving the dreams of longtime residents, engaging newcomers, and partnering with civic and philanthropic allies to propel the community forward.

Strengthening Family Ties
Strengthening Family Ties

Learning, August 24, 2018

"Strengthening Family Ties," by Christine O'Toole, describes the array of support services being offered in Homewood to provide parents like Shaquala Venson and Dorian Page options for addressing the needs of their families at any given time and under a variety of circumstances.

Entrepreneurial Energy
Entrepreneurial Energy

Sustainability, August 24, 2018

"Entrepreneurial Energy," by Elwin Green, tells how economic development is critical to revitalization efforts in Homewood, with philanthropic support given to local entrepreneurs to ensure their stake in the community’s success.

In the House
In the House

Creativity, August 24, 2018

"In the House," by Deborah Todd, tells how the Lighthouse Project at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA is more than a well-equipped space for after-school activities.  It is home to youthful creativity and innovative learning that inspires students.

Growing Green Activists
Growing Green Activists

Sustainability, August 24, 2018

"Growing Green Activists," by Christine O'Tool, details how an increasing number of Homewood residents are finding that a key component of improving their quality of life involves creating an environmentally healthy community for themselves and their families.

State of the Arts
State of the Arts

Creativity, August 24, 2018

"State of the Arts" tells how artists and arts organizations are integral to revitalization efforts in Homewood and bring vibrancy, enthusiasm and hope to the community.

The Write Place
The Write Place

Creativity, August 24, 2018

"The Write Place," by Jeffery Fraser, tells how City of Asylum provides sanctuary for writers who have been persecuted in their home countries and creates community for those who want to explore art from around the world.

h Magazine - Issue 1, 2018 - Here & There
 h Magazine - Issue 1, 2018 - Here & There

Organizational, August 24, 2018

Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh
Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh

Organizational, August 21, 2018

A Heinz Endowments-funded study by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems reveals severe racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions at Allegheny County schools. The report, “Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh: Local Challenges and Promising Solutions,” found that countywide the suspension rate for black students was more than seven times the rate for their non-black peers. The study also offers solutions, including reforms that are being used successfully in the Woodland Hills School District.

Pittsburgh Equity Indicators - A Baseline Measurement for Enhancing Equity in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Equity Indicators - A Baseline Measurement for Enhancing Equity in Pittsburgh

Organizational, July 26, 2018

In July 2018, the City of Pittsburgh released its first annual Pittsburgh Equity Indicators report, an evaluation of disparities among local residents by race, gender or income in four domains. Using a set of 80 measures, the assessment looked at the broad areas of Health, Food, and Safety; Education, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship; Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure and Environment; and Civic Engagement and Communications. The report, which provides a baseline for further study, reveals that Pittsburgh residents of different races, genders and incomes experience vastly different health, social, and economic outcomes and access to resources and opportunities.

The Equity Indicators project is part of the city’s ONEPGH Resilience Strategy, which aims to dedicate about one-quarter of its initiatives to creating equal opportunity for all residents. The assessment tool was developed by Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning and the Rand Corporation in partnership with the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program.

Center for Effective Philanthropy Grantee Survey
Center for Effective Philanthropy Grantee Survey

Organizational, December 18, 2017

In the spring of this year, The Heinz Endowments engaged the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to undertake a survey among our grantees, seeking confidential feedback about the foundation. CEP is a nonprofit research organization that provides funders with management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall their performance. Over the past 11 years, CEP has surveyed about 50,000 grantees of more than 300 funders who use the feedback to improve their work.

More than 70 percent of our grantees provided feedback about our work, and I am grateful for your participation and the time you committed to completing the survey. I am pleased to report that the results are generally positive: the Endowments’ ratings tended to be as good or better than those of a typical funder in CEP’s dataset.

The Endowments received consistently high ratings for:
- Impact on grantees’ organizations, where we showed significant improvement over the past two years.
- Providing grantees with high-impact patterns of non-monetary assistance, such as assistance securing funding from other sources, strategic planning advice, or encouraging collaboration.
- Understanding of (and impact on) our grantees’ fields of work and communities;
- Effects on public policy and advancing the state of knowledge in the fields in which our grantees work. This aspect of the Endowments’ work was rated particularly highly.

The report has also identified areas for continued attention and improvement. In particular, two areas emerged as priorities for the Endowments in the next two years:
- Grantees provided neutral ratings about how well they understand the Endowments’ new goals and priorities of the Strategic Areas of Creativity, Learning and Sustainability. To this end, the Endowments has launched an updated website that provides much more information about our new framework.
- Our grantees are also hungry for more opportunities to convene and collaborate. We have already started to respond on this front with our summit on Nonprofits and the Call for Moral Leadership held last October.

Again, thank you for taking the time to help us with this assessment. We plan to repeat this process in our efforts to continually improve how we serve our grantees.

Grant Oliphant
President and CEO