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

14998 Grantees

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Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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