“Heating Up” YouTube series shows how food choices impact our bodies & environment Hosts Natalie Bencivenga and Leandra Mira; Image courtesy of Heating Up
Navigating the state’s changing landscape of benefits, services and programs
New season of “We Can Be” podcast

“Heating Up” YouTube series shows how food choices impact our bodies & environment

The new 10-episode “Heating Up” series combines sustainable cooking with lively conversations focused on climate change and social justice. Featuring journalist Natalie Bencivenga and youth climate activist Leandra Mira, the fun and inviting series includes interviews with environmental experts and social justice activists who shed light on what we can do to help make a big difference through small changes in our daily lives. New episodes every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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Navigating the state’s changing landscape of benefits, services and programs

When a person in our community needs help, they must navigate an ever-changing landscape of benefits, services and programs scattered across an array of providers. Read the Endowments-funded report about the real-world challenges – and considerable opportunities – of connecting individuals to services in today’s world.

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New season of “We Can Be” podcast

Season four of the Endowments’ “We Can Be” podcast has launched, featuring host Grant Oliphant in lively, thoughtful conversation with social change leaders who are bridging divides. From journalists to demographers, non-profit leaders making international impact, and the personal physician to the Dali Lama, this season’s fascinating guests will help listeners be hopeful about what we – as a region, country, and world – can be. Download and subscribe to “We Can Be” on your favorite podcast sites.

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Our Mission & Strategic Areas

The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. We are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.

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With grantmaking that averages almost $70 million annually, The Heinz Endowments is among the leading foundations in the United States. The impact of our grants lies in the possibilities they create, the critical need they address and the transformative change they help to bring about. Every grant listed here is part of that mission.

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h Magazine

This issue of h magazine opens with a story about The Heinz Endowments’ participation in the Ford Foundation’s initiative America’s Cultural Treasures, an effort to celebrate the achievements of cultural organizations representing historically marginalized populations and to increase the support they receive. Other stories in the magazine describe a Pittsburgh program supporting artists’ responses to the past year of crisis and protest, examine the economic impact of natural gas fracking in the tri-state region surrounding Pittsburgh, explore the growing philanthropic support for nonprofit media, and provide updates on child care and vaccinations at this stage of the coronavirus of pandemic.

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Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative receives $2 million grant from MacKenzie Scott

The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative – a joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments – will receive $2 million in the latest round of grants by novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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Free Webinar Series on Race + Disability - New Fall Programs

The FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation are sponsoring a series of webinars as part of a broader effort to address the intersection of race and disability. Please join us as we learn to face our history and move forward together in more just, fair and inclusive ways.

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Covid-19 Resources

Need information or help in dealing with Covid-19?  See United Way's resource page on the subject.

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Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette Study links more asthma cases to 2018 Clairton Coke Works fire

In the months following a 2018 Christmas Eve fire that knocked out pollution controls at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Clairton Coke Works, poor air quality caused the rate of outpatient and hospital emergency department visits by asthma sufferers in the area to nearly double.

Read the Post-Gazette story about the recent study that revealed these statistics.
“There is need for bold action on a cancer prevention strategy that is often overlooked.”

Fifty local physicians, researchers, community advocates and elected officials – including the Endowments and 20+ organizations they support - have signed a declaration calling for immediate action on cancer-causing pollutants in SWPA.

Read the article by Kristina Marusic at Environmental Health News

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