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$230,000 in grants to “Small and Mighty” nonprofits

New program funds 18 organizations with budgets under $600,000

PITTSBURGH, March 16, 2017 –  For small, community-based nonprofits, applying for foundation grants can seem insurmountably difficult, when there are few people on staff who have expertise in writing grants.

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Foundation report calls for youth voices in juvenile justice reform

Eight areas identified where youth and stakeholders can improve system     

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13, 2017 – An eight-month study by The Pittsburgh Foundation has found that youth involved with the Allegheny County juvenile justice system could play a much greater role in shaping prevention and diversion programs. The report also recommends addressing disproportionate system involvement by youth of color, particularly girls, and that youth have a seat the table with human services staffs, law-enforcement authorities and school officials.

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A foundation leader who knew the power of reputational capital

A Tribute by Burr Wishart: Anyone who has read the obituary notice for William J. Copeland will understand how difficult it is to summarize his seemingly endless contributions to our community throughout an amazing life.  How could this Pittsburgher, who would have been certain to win any “Man of the Year” title, manage all the leadership roles he took on...

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In Remembrance: Pittsburgh Foundation Board Leader William J. Copeland

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2017 – When Bill Copeland’s service in the 1980s and 1990s on the Foundation’s Board of directors, including extraordinary leadership as chair, was set to end in 1999, the first order of business of the Governance Committee was a unanimous vote to appoint him to the Executive Committee in emeritus status.

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In immigration reform, let’s not discard American and philanthropic values

A statement from Pittsburgh Foundation President Maxwell King

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6, 2017 – On the Martin Luther King Day observance Jan. 16 at the August Wilson Center, I, along with leaders from every facet of community life joined Allegheny County’s chief executive and Pittsburgh’s mayor to reaffirm that our region – one famously built by immigrants – is committed to being open and inclusive, with no one excluded based solely on faith or country of origin.