The Power to Do Great Things
The Pittsburgh Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.
In life, Raymond Schubart Suckling was a dutiful engineering executive who lived simply, loved military history and cherished the legacy left by his parents. In death, the longtime Sewickley resident has become one of the region's most significant philanthropists, donating $37.1 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation, the second-largest gift in its 73-year history.
Michael and Lateresa Blackwell utilize their restaurant's resources to fuel community revival and nonprofit vocational program in Brightwood.
(Café on the Corner is one of the Foundation's Small and Mighty grantees.)
The North Side Chronicle
Total charitable giving in the U.S. could decrease as much $20 billion a year, according to Independent Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization for nonprofits. “We believe people who contribute do so primarily because they want to help causes that nonprofits advance,” said Maxwell King, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation. “But the frequency with which they contribute and how much they contribute is affected significantly by the tax deduction.”
Over the years, I’ve witnessed it many times. Susan Brownlee speaks and people pay attention. It’s not because she’s the loudest voice. Rather, it is her intellectual elegance and moral clarity that command attention.
The Pittsburgh Foundation's new 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle will engage people in frank, meaningful conversations about what they need to more fully participate in Pittsburgh’s economy. We’ve already begun by focusing on single women raising children and youth ages 12 to 24—two groups largely left behind in our region’s resurgence—and will broaden our focus in the coming years.