New military-to-civilian employment RAND report shows we’re falling short
$1M grant to support county’s unhoused population
Sherai Richardson stands at a bus stop by her apartment in the Hill District on May 15, 2024. Image credit: Stephanie Strasburg/Public Source

New military-to-civilian employment RAND report shows we’re falling short

Our veterans deserve top-notch support when launching post-military careers, but a new Endowments-supported study reveals few programs and little federal support dedicated to helping them connect with civilian employers or apprenticeships that fully utilize their significant skills. There is limited evidence that the programs are effective, with some having no reported data, evaluation plans or outcome measures. 

Read more about the startling findings

$1M grant to support county’s unhoused population

A new $1 million grant from the Endowments to Allegheny County Department of Human Services will support individuals without permanent housing, including the County’s 500 in 500 Days initiative which aims to secure 500 homes for the unhoused population in 500 days. A portion of the grant will also support street outreach with nonprofit partner Bridge to the Mountains and a new program at the site of the former Vincentian de Marillac facility in Stanton Heights provided zoning is approved.

Read the 500 in 500 Days press release

PRT half-price fare

Advocacy by Endowments grantees played a key role in establishing Allegheny GO, a permanent program launched in Ju‌ne ‘24 that allows every Allegheny County resident eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to apply for a 50% discount on transit fares. The move comes after a late-2022 pilot program yielded remarkable results with more than 9,000 adults participating. 

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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 devoted to advancing our vision of southwestern Pennsylvania as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Our work is supported by reliable data based on equitable, results-focused goals to cultivate a world where all are treated with fairness and respect and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

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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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Hilltop Urban Farm envisions neighborhoods where fresh, healthy food sustains community

Located on 107 acres of land – with 23 acres dedicated to farming – Hilltop Urban Farm is a multi-pronged initiative that produces locally-grown crops, provides agriculture-based education, generates entrepreneurial opportunities, and strengthens communities. Open to anyone over the age of 18, Hilltop Urban Farms’ Farmer Incubation Program trains adults who are eager to learn the fundamentals of urban farming and permaculture.

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Experience “Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers” at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Experience the beauty, knowledge, and magic of “Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers,” a collection of 16 life-size glass sculptures representing Black queer Kemetic deities at The Pittsburgh Glass Center through July 28. The exhibition by art collective Rainbow Serpent, led by founders Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd, includes “Blackstar Sanctuary,” an immersive virtual reality film that explores an expansive temple that houses the deities.

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Investing in Prenatal-to-3 System Change

Input from 25 individuals working within the region’s prenatal-to-3 system is central to a new Child Trends report funded by The Heinz Endowments, which found a more equitable prenatal-to-3 system is starting to take shape in Allegheny County. 

Read more about the findings
Now Hiring! Archiving Intern

Are you seeking skill development in library sciences, archiving, document management, digital media and cataloging? The Endowments is accepting applications for an archiving intern to assist in digitization and storage of historical photos, videos and documents. This part-time, paid internship is part of the Endowments’ Communications team, and will entail an estimated 260-300 hours of work for project completion. 

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In Memory of Jared Cohon

The Pittsburgh region has lost a remarkable leader and scholar with the passing of Dr. Jared Cohon. Jerry was a valued member of The Heinz Endowments board with an enduring commitment to our mission. The Heinz Endowments’ board members and staff are deeply saddened by his passing. Our hearts go out to his family and many, many friends. 

Read more about Jared Cohon
Strengthening Community & Uplifting People

Created in partnership with Hazelwood residents, community leaders and non-profit organizations, the Emmy-nominated “Hazelwood: Strengthening Community & Uplifting People” short film shows the creativity, resourcefulness, hope and love that is driving the former-steel mill neighborhood into a bright future.

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