“People who are closest to the center of the issue should be at the center of creating solutions," says Michelle McMurray, senior program officer at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has created a new fund that will disperse money to nonprofits that address issues of economic and racial disparities. The foundation launched the Social Justice Fund last year with initial funding of $250,000. On Tuesday, it announced its first eight grant recipients, which together will receive a total $158,000.
The Investing in Professional Artists program -- the shared commitment of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments -- has awarded $215,000 to 15 Pittsburgh-based artists and organizations.
Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, led the Heinz Endowments from 1999 to 2008, a period that included the purchase of Hazelwood Green. He said the revitalization effort in East Liberty serves as an important example as the specter of development hovers over Hazelwood. “Gentrification was beyond what the architects of the ELDI [East Liberty Development Inc.] had expected. The strategies weren’t a match for the market forces,” Mr. King said.
A new fund to boost support for social justice activists and advocates working in Pittsburgh has been launched at The Pittsburgh Foundation and has made eight grants, totaling $158,000 to local organizations. The goal of the Social Justice Fund is to reduce barriers to funding, increase engagement and influence of community members and challenge systems that perpetuate racial and economic inequity.
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The Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District will welcome author and Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Maxwell King to its neighborhood for the book launch of “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Works of Fred Rogers” (Adams Press), the first full-length biography of Mister Rogers at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
Thanks to $229,000 in grants, the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative will be funding a local comic book series, mixed media ceramic work, holistic healing guide, collection of short stories and many more projects.