Tim Sippey Tim Sippey, solar engineer at Scalo Solar. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of State.
Grant Oliphant Former Endowments President Grant Oliphant. Photo by Joshua Franzos.
New Creative Development Awards program funds 14 regional artists’ projects

Mill 19 featured in “From Blue to Green: Transforming Jobs Around the World”

Hazelwood Green's Mill 19 is gaining international attention for its sustainability ethos. View “From Blue to Green: Transforming Jobs Around the World,” a visually stunning piece from the U.S. State Department, featuring details of the installation of 5,000 solar panels and the deep family connection that links one solar engineer to the rich history of Mill 19.

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Grant Oliphant looks back with gratitude and ahead with hope

As his tenure as president of The Heinz Endowments – and as host of “We Can Be” – came to an end in late Fe‌bruary, Grant Oliphant devoted his last podcast to reflecting on the importance of gratitude, what makes a community great, and his hope for what the future holds for the social change realm. 

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New Creative Development Awards program funds 14 regional artists’ projects

The Creative Development Awards, a new grantmaking program that funds regional artists whose current body of work shows great promise, has announced its inaugural cohort of grantees. Fourteen artists will share $351,000 in funding for upcoming projects, including year-long artist residencies at six major performance and education sites.  

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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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City of Pittsburgh Transition Report 2022

A multitude of Endowments grantees played key roles in crafting the goals outlined in Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s transition team’s newly-released “Transition Report 2022.” Funded by the Endowments in partnership with The Pittsburgh Foundation, the report features input from more than 560 residents, as well as over 50 volunteer committee co-chairs, members and advisors. 

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In Memory of James M. Walton

With deep sadness, members of the Heinz family and The Heinz Endowments extend heartfelt tribute to James ‘Jim’ M. Walton, following his passing on January 2, 2022. In October 2020, shortly before his 90th birthday, Mr. Walton retired from the Endowments Board as Vice Chairman Emeritus, after a tenure spanning more than 37 years.

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h Magazine

Moment of Truth: Action is needed to address environmental crises before time runs out. This special environment-focused issue of h magazine opens with an essay by Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant that describes both the urgency of our current environmental challenges and the Endowments’ decades-long advocacy for cleaner and healthier air, water and communities.

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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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Free Webinar Series on Race + Disability

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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