Location: 5 Ppg Pl Ste 250, Pittsburgh, 15222 PA
Types of Grants Awarded:
For Fiscal Year
Change in Assets FY :
Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits:
Reviewer 576 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017
This is a community foundation. Its staff tend to be excellent listeners and advocates for Pittsburgh nonprofits. They are committed to spreading out their impact, which I think is why grantees may sometimes find themselves receiving less than their requested amounts or being rotated off of the Foundation's grantee list from time to time.
Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Likes site visits
Current or former grantee
Funded for lesser amount
Most (not all) Foundation staff members have been easy to reach over phone and email, and the grant officers sometimes connect with grantseekers through community events (such as presentations at the public library's Nonprofit Resource Center).
Their current initiative, 100 Percent Pittsburgh, focuses on supporting education and human service organizations that work to make sure that Pittsburgh's citizens facing major economic and social barriers do not get left behind in the city's rapidly-changing landscape.
I generally admire this funder, but lately I have been concerned that they are perpetuating inequity in the nonprofit field through their hiring practices. In the last year, I have seen them post a number of unpaid internships and a fellowship with extremely murky information about compensation. Currently, they appear to be searching for a consultant with relatively high qualifications to work full-time on a temporary basis at a meager $12 per hour. The local Aldi pays its cashiers better than that. I hope that the leadership transitions occurring at The Pittsburgh Foundation prompt them to reflect internally on their values around equity and access.
The Pittsburgh Foundation reliably speaks out and meaningfully responds to timely issues of inequality and discrimination in the Greater Pittsburgh community and beyond.