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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 1, 2013 12:14 am
By Grant Oliphant
Wouldn’t we all love to respond to a disappointing performance review by changing the measuring tool to give us a better result? Many of us would joyfully toss the bathroom scale out the window in favor of one that knocked off 10 pounds. How [...]
January 7, 2013
To members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly:
Pennsylvania’s community foundations are universally dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities around the Commonwealth. Each year we distribute tens of millions of dollars in grants to organizations addressing a wide range of issues in our state. By administering funds entrusted to us in exactly [...]
by Grant OliphantPresident and CEO
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today reported that I consider myself a “lousy prognosticator.”
And it’s true, I do.
As we approached the Day of Giving event this week, all of us at The Pittsburgh Foundation were energized and excited by the enthusiasm and feverish expectation that was building among donors and nonprofit organizations. But [...]
By Grant OliphantPresident & CEO
The Day of Giving has become a firm fixture in the fundraising calendar for many local nonprofit organizations, and has become especially important during a period when other funding sources have diminished or disappeared altogether.
Indeed the enthusiastic participation of our region’s nonprofits is again highlighted by the record number taking part [...]
By Grant OliphantPresident and CEO
For years now, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers has been on my personal roster of heroes. Their members do challenging, important work educating our kids, and the union’s willingness to work in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools has been probably the critical factor in moving forward one of the most [...]
Open Letter from Franco Harris
As this crisis continues to unfold at Penn State University and as each day that passes seems to add yet another troubling dimension, we need to begin now the long road towards healing and recovery. First, we need to focus on the suffering of the victims of this alleged abuse that [...]
That The Pittsburgh Foundation and our affiliate, The Pittsburgh Promise, supports unreservedly and unequivocally the swift and decisive actions by the Board of Penn State University, should need no further explanation or discussion.
Penn State Board members, including a former Chairman of the Foundation, Jim Broadhurst, and Pittsburgh civic leader John Surma, have responded appropriately in [...]
The following is a testimony delivered by Grant Oliphant, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation to a public hearing of Allegheny County Council on November 9, 2011 concerning its proposed budget for 2012. This was among more than 50 testimonies from local nonprofits and community leaders addressing proposed cuts in funding for human services [...]
by Robert VagtPresidentHeinz Endowments
What better forum could there be than the blog soapbox of the city’s community foundation to shout-out a heartfelt thank you to all those who braved yesterday’s rain and chill to attend the launch of the Breathe Project at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Museum?
While the weather was less than desirable, the purpose of the [...]
By Grant OliphantPresident and CEO
Pittsburgh, take a bow. Your generous and passionate commitment to local charitable causes in supporting our community’s Day of Giving achieved more than just set new on-line fundraising records. In the immortal words of the actor Michael Caine, “You blew the bloody doors off.”
More than 13,600 individual acts of kindness – [...]