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Both The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments are committed to helping create a vibrant cultural life in Pittsburgh and the region. The foundations have maintained a long-term commitment to arts and culture as an important factor in the region’s quality of life, in the well-being of its citizens, and in its image and economy. We believe that a vibrant cultural life includes the notion of diverse cultural offerings that appeal to the widest array of the region’s citizenry. It is now widely recognized that Pittsburgh’s cultural offerings are one of its strongest competitive advantages; this includes a rich history and the current presence of excellent black arts presentation and production.

We believe that the most important investments that philanthropy can make to advance black arts in the city and region are: 1) to help to build the careers of individual artists; 2) to increase the sustainability of cultural organizations that focus on black arts; 3) to build community awareness of the black arts sector; and 4) to support efforts toward greater collaboration and the elimination of racial disparities within the larger arts sector. Creating equity in all our funding programs is critically important, and this grants program is a next step in building strategies to create equity.

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Website

BNY Mellon Charitable Sponsorships

As a responsible corporate citizen, BNY Mellon provides sponsorship dollars in support of organizations and activities that make our communities better places to live and work. The company sponsors nonprofit events that support the arts, cultural events, and educational, economic development and health and human services programs. Through these sponsorships, we share our energy, experience and ideas, in addition to providing financial support. The following describes a few recent sponsorships that foster growth and prosperity in our communities.

Supporting Performing Arts

We are a steadfast supporter of some of the most acclaimed musical institutions in the world.

In Pittsburgh, BNY Mellon is the name-in-title sponsor of BNY Mellon Grand Classics, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's classical season that consists of more than 50 concerts over a nine-month season. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh's cultural heritage for more than 100 years.

Through the BNY Mellon Jazz initiatives, we bring great American jazz experiences to life, celebrating its storied past, vibrant present and hopeful future. By partnering with nonprofit organizations primarily in the Pittsburgh region, BNY Mellon Jazz underwrites jazz concerts and concert series, educational initiatives and scholarships.

BNY Mellon


The Highmark Story Related Links: Our diversity initiative Integrity We fight fraud News releases Media representatives Procurement guide Highmark provides millions of people with the security of quality health insurance We have a long history of serving our members and our communities.

In the 1930s, Highmark's predecessor companies were established to help Pennsylvania's residents pay for health care. Today, that remains our mission - to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. It guides our actions throughout Highmark's businesses.

Highmark was created in 1996 by the consolidation of two Pennsylvania licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association - Pennsylvania Blue Shield (now Highmark Blue Shield) and the Blue Cross plan in western Pennsylvania. We are now one of the largest health insurers in the United States.

Highmark Website

The PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee ("Committee") serves over one-hundred and fifty perpetual charitable trusts and private foundations for which PNC is trustee. Our mission is to implement the legacies set forth by the individual donors who established these trust relationships with PNC.

The Committee distributes grants from these charitable trusts to worthy 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations at local and regional levels. In accordance with the provisions of the trust agreements, the Committee funds grant requests that demonstrate a capacity and commitment to charitable service and enhance the quality of life for the people and their communities. The Committee seeks grant applications with a focus on support for year-round programming.

PNC Charitable Trusts Website

The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments was formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986.

Our vision is for southwestern Pennsylvania to prosper as a premier place to both live and work, as a center for learning and educational excellence, and as a home to diversity and inclusion.

Our mission is to help our region thrive as a whole community – economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally – while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work. Our fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and the disciplines represented by our five grant-making programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Education; Environment; and Community & Economic Development.

Heinz Endowments Website

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 14th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States.

As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community.

The Foundation currently has more than 1,900 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of over $1 billion. Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond.

The Foundation has strengthened its focus on community and the positive impact it strives to achieve through its grantmaking, the engagement of its donors in critical regional issues and its activities around convening and leadership in collaboration with funding and civic partners.

Pittsburgh Foundation Website

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