Read on this week for updates on community development projects, fundraisers, and black arts funding in Pittsburgh.
The Forbes funds
The Forbes Funds celebrated their 40th anniversary with an event at the Heinz History Center on November 17th.
The event was titled “40 Years of Changing the Mindset of the Nonprofit Sector” and highlighted the organization’s commitment to helping local nonprofits build managerial capacity and increase collective impact.
Since 2018, The Forbes Funds, led by current President and CEO Fred Brown, has supported more than 530 organizations. Brown was recently included in The 2022 Pennsylvania Nonprofit Power 100, recognizing the nonprofit leaders who serve the state’s most vulnerable people.
The Forbes Funds is a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation and was established in 1982 to support charitable organizations during financial crises. The Forbes Funds support the region’s charitable organizations through local, national and international partnerships. www.forbesfunds.org
For the seventh year in a row, towing companies are partnering with nonprofits to help families during the holiday season.
Tows for Tots is an annual event where tow truck companies collect toys for local children in time for the holiday season. The event will take place on December 4th. The tow trucks will start a parade at the Lucky Auto Recovery Towing & Transport Service at 1pm and head to Every Child’s office to deliver the toys for this Christmas gift drive.
Every Child Inc. was founded in 1997 and serves birth, foster and adoptive families. Originally focused on caring for foster children with significant medical needs, Every Child now offers expanded services to provide foster care and adoption services. The organization also provides clinical and therapeutic care to children and families throughout Southwest Pennsylvania. www.everychildinc.org
Foster Love Project
Foster Love Project was awarded $10,000 by FedEx as one of the three recipients of the FedEx Giving Tuesday Grant Contest.
The FedEx program is an opportunity for employees to nominate and vote on charities to receive a donation on Giving Tuesday. FedEx awarded a total of $50,000 to celebrate the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
The Foster Love Project provides goods, services and support for children affected by foster care and relatives. The organization gives necessities to foster children through a free mall full of clothes, shoes, bedding, toys and books. The project runs additional programs including Excellent Hair Care, Teen Connection and Family Support. www.fosterloveproject.org/
Program for AID Citizen Enterprise
PACE launched its first round of capacity-building programs in Phase II of the Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative.
PACE views capacity building as “the funding and technical support to help nonprofit organizations increase specific capacity to deliver stronger programs, take risks, build connections, innovate, and iterate.” The capacity building program is one of three opportunities for von Black-led arts and cultural organizations in this area to participate in and benefit from the work of the PCTI.
The program offers participating organizations workshops and training, as well as a second round of capacity building, scheduled to begin in Spring 2023. PACE works to empower small to medium-sized nonprofit nonprofit organizations that can build the assets and support the needs of BIPOC communities. www.pacepgh.org
Promotion of the Black Arts in Pittsburgh
A joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment awards 49 grants totaling $1.61 million, the largest annual award in the program’s 12-year history.
The funding supports the work of artists and collectives. The grant also provides project, planning and operational support for arts organizations. The grants include a $2 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This donation enabled the program to support a cohort of Black-led organizations and organizations serving the Black community for several years.
Since 2010, the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program has awarded more than $9.4 million. Funding is focused on supporting Black Arts and expanding community awareness of the Black Arts sector. The program supports efforts towards greater collaboration and recognition of racial differences within the larger arts ecosystem. pittsburghfoundation.org.
East Liberty development
East Liberty Development, Inc. was awarded $1.5 million to redevelop the Saints Peter and Paul Event Center.
The project is funded by grants awarded under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a state-level program focused on the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP awards projects that either increase or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
The Saints Peter and Paul Event Center is a 132 year old church and closed in 1992. The building has fallen into disrepair and remains the only derelict building in its neighborhood. The old, unsafe school building will be demolished and the site prepared for the construction of a two-story extension. The church will also be renovated including a new roof, lighting, flooring and mechanics.
ELDI is a community development organization with a mission to revitalize the East Liberty community and has served the region since 1979. The organization works with community stakeholders to plan, advocate, promote, and invest in the community. www.eastliberty.org.
Steel City Pumpkin
Steel City Squash was awarded $500,000 to purchase land and begin construction of a new athletic programming facility.
The project is funded by grants awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a government program focused on community investment.
The land purchased for the new facility is located in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The facility includes squash courts, classrooms, exercise equipment and common areas. The project will cost around $10 million.
Steel City Squash was established in 2015 to provide athletic and academic support to students from underserved communities to prepare them for college and graduation. The organization is a member of the Squash and Education Alliance, a national network of organizations that cater to youth year-round. www.steelcitysquash.org.
Jack and Jill of America
Pittsburgh’s Local Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is hosting its biannual Jack and Jill Presentation Ball on December 17 at 5:30 p.m
Proceeds from the unique fundraiser will benefit two philanthropic organizations, the Josh Gibson Foundation and the Jack and Jill Foundation, the national charity of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The event will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.
The ball honors the academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements of 16 junior and senior students at Pittsburgh High School. The theme of this year’s event is “Grown up in Resilience, Grounded in Grace”.
Founded in 1938, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a mothers’ organization focused on developing youth into future leaders through cultural, civic, and social experiences. After a year-long process of workshops, rehearsals, and community service activities, they are being prepared to be presented to the community at the ball. jackandjillpittsburgh.org.