Human Services

Promoting Self-Reliance Amidst Life’s Struggles

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The Foundation awarded grants that support initiatives that strive to promote individuals’ self-sufficiency, often following addiction, incarceration, poverty, or other struggles.

Based on analysis of the issues facing Pittsburgh communities by the Foundation’s staff and trustees, our human service funding will focus on engaging regional partners to reduce infant mortality rates, an issue that is considered an indicator of population health and one in which some groups continue to experience rates that are significantly higher than local or national averages. In addition, the Foundation will continue to make grants to evidence-based initiatives that help individuals and families thrive, including programs that emphasize high-quality early childhood education, workforce development, violence prevention, and basic needs such as food and shelter. Across these human service efforts, the Foundation will rely on data to help target support to areas with the greatest need and in which success can be measured by academic achievement, economic stability, and safe neighborhoods with healthy residents.

2017
$14,253,500
Grants Approved
50
Total Grants

2019 Grantees

Human Services

The Poise Foundation

to develop a strategy for the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition to close the workforce skills gap

2019
$27,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Human Services

Blood Science Foundation

to conduct a marketing campaign and purchase a new mobile blood collection vehicle to increase the blood donor base and blood collections

2019
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Human Services

Crisis Center North Incorporation

toward two-year support of operations, including one-time costs associated with moving to a new facility and engaging a development consultant

2019
$225,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Human Services

FOR Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation

toward two-year support of operations

2019
$550,000
McKees Rocks, PA

Human Services

Gateway Rehabilitation Center

toward a capital campaign to renovate Gateway Rehab's oldest and largest facility at its Moon Township campus

2019
$350,000
Moon Township, PA

Human Services

George Junior Republic School

to renovate and expand the medical facility and purchase equipment to enhance medical services for students

2019
$500,000
Grove City, PA

Human Services

MDRC

toward support to identify, develop, implement, and test behaviorally-informed improvements to workforce programs

2019
$175,000
New York, NY

Human Services

The Poise Foundation

toward two-year support of operations and sustainability initiatives

2019
$300,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Human Services

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

toward support of operations and the development of a kickstarter to expand social enterprise revenue

2019
$325,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Human Services

University of Pittsburgh

toward three-year support to implement genomic sequencing in the NICU, genomics education, and identification, stimulation, and chaperoning of precision medicine initiatives primed for commercial translation

2019
$2,800,000
Pittsburgh, PA

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