Pittsburgh Foundation approves 47 Grants to support Regional Nonprofits

The Pittsburgh Foundation provided 47 grants worth $3.6 million to support regional nonprofits with a “wide range of life-improving missions. These grants will help fund organizations like the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and the Women & Girls Foundation, among others.

The Pittsburgh Foundation announced Tuesday the funding of 47 grants to support regional nonprofits with a “wide range of life-improving missions.” The grants, totaling $3.6 million,

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Of the $3.6 million total, $1.7 million of the grant funds are being distributed to various organizations that help single mothers and their children.

A $75,000 grant was awarded to the Emergency Shelter of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, which provides a place to sleep, permanent housing options, educational assistance and health care services for those who find themselves in an emergency situation. Part of the grant money will also be used for on-site child care and counseling.

Chief development officer of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Kristin Brown said, “The heart of this funding is the opportunity to help women and children escape the difficulties of abuse. We get a lot of support form the community and without that support we couldn’t do the important work that we do. This kind of funding is a lifeline to those that we serve.”

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Another $75,000 grant was awarded to the Women & Girls Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping promote policy changes for paid family and medical leave in Pennsylvania. The grant will be used to lobby support for the creation of a state insurance fund for a paid family leave bill that is currently in Harrisburg.

CEO of the Women & Girls Foundations, Heather Arnet said, “Because the legislation has just been introduced, it’s an important time to promote the issue to workers, to constituents throughout the state so that folks can learn about it and talk to their own legislatures. The funding helps support the ability to host town hall meetings and educational outreach.”

Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO, Lisa Schroeder said, “Our Board and staff recognize the importance of building resiliency in girls and single mothers. These grants reaffirm our commitment to support women who may be working two or more jobs but are not benefiting from the region’s economic opportunities.”

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This round of funding from the Pittsburgh Foundation is aimed at achieving the organization’s goal of providing new opportunities for those left behind from regional economic advances.

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