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Location: 5 Ppg Pl Ste 250, Pittsburgh, 15222 PA
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Reviewer 1000 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019
Of you are an org that is under 5-10 years old,
Applied and not funded
I have written 3-4 requests and been denied each time. Not once, over the years have they asked me to come and talk to them about our goals
Not just Pgh Foundation, but other large foundations tend to give large chunks of money to org #1, who takes a large chunk to administer. The org #2 in turn also takes their administration costs of the to and sends to the next tier of orgs. By the time money filters down to those who do the job, we are told to keep our sites low, under $10k usually. Why not just take the effort to directly support those who are in the heart of the matter? We are the changemakers.
They focus on large orgs, yet call themselves community foundation
They have planted offices in greater pgh area that do offer services.
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.