Arts | Equity | Reimagined
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Arts | Equity | Reimagined

The COVID-19 Arts Working Group
A collaboration of 15 foundations and a private donor in the Pittsburgh metro area has created the Arts I Equity I Reimagined Fund in response to the unprecedented impacts of the pandemic on the region’s arts and cultural sector. The fund aims to foster collective action and identify creative solutions to operating challenges, and in recognition of long-standing disparities in funding, it will prioritize small to medium-sized arts organizations and those that serve or are led by historically marginalized communities in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Read the Arts | Equity | Reimagined announcement and guidelines document here

Creative Learning Network

The Creative Learning Network is bringing arts learning home, with free digital resources for visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and more for kids, parents & teachers. Made possible by the Arts Education Collaborative, Legacy Arts Project & APOST. Connect with a diverse group of teaching artists, have fun while creating, and strengthen arts learning outcomes.


America’s Cultural Treasures

The Heinz Endowments will serve as a regional partner in an historic $156M national initiative announced by the Ford Foundation to support Black, Latinx, Asian and indigenous arts organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated America’s arts and culture landscape. “The Endowments is honored to be chosen to work in partnership with Ford and we will infuse the spirit of this work in our decades-long support to strengthen and embolden our region’s diverse arts community in celebration of the cultural treasure it represents,” said Grant Oliphant, President of the Endowments.

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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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Text in image: Do you want more money in your children's classrooms? The census counts. Do do you. Children, immigrants, rural households and those in low-income communities are among the most undercounted populations.
Keystone Counts

While we are living in uncertain times, one thing is more clear than ever: each and every person in our community counts. 2020 census forms have arrived in southwestern Pennsylvania mailboxes, with easy instructions about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. Short on time? Don't worry. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Keystone Counts is a statewide coalition of advocacy groups, service providers and community organizations that have joined together to build an education and outreach effort for a fair and accurate 2020 census. 

Learn more about what's at stake and commit to being counted
h Magazine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the lives of people around the world, various programs in the Pittsburgh region have pressed forward to meet the needs of those they serve, making whatever adjustments necessary along the way. The Heinz Endowments’ h magazine looks at some of those initiatives — which address issues ranging from providing child care to connecting veterans to services to conducting the 2020 Census and preparing for the presidential election — and highlights the commitment of local organizations to the work and our community.

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Philanthropic leaders urge: Don’t cut the census short

Philanthropies across the United States have joined in registering their opposition to plans by the U.S. Census Bureau to shorten the census count. A letter, signed by more than 500 philanthropic organizations including The Heinz Endowments, states that shortening the enumeration and data processing of the census schedule “would hurt a diverse range of rural and urban communities, leaving them underrepresented locally and in Congress and cutting their fair share of federal funding for Medicaid, economic development, child care, schools, road and public transport improvements, home heating assistance for senior citizens, and many more vital services.”

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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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tHRive is an HR-based program for small to mid-size nonprofits designed to elevate the human resources and people–centric practices (employees, volunteers and boards) to enhance organizational capacity and community impact. tHRive is supported by the Endowments and The Forbes Funds.

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Grant Oliphant interview on "The Business of Giving" podcast

Endowments President Grant Oliphant on the WNYM-AM "Business of Giving" Podcast hosted by Denver Frederick talks about how the Endowments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic - and how the nonprofit sector is ripe for reinvention.

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