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Is our air making you sick?

Attend this event to find out why and what you can do about it (Hint: It has a lot to do with Pittsburgh’s bad air quality).

The Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Asthma in our Community

     Thursday, May 15, 2014 Asthma Summit (Supplement)
          5:30 PM - 8:45 PM
     Friday, May 16, 2014 Asthma Summit (Main Program)
          7:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Register (Click on “Conference Schedule” and scroll down. You must register for each event separately.)

George Magovern, MD Conference Center, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

This conference is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is provided.

Brochure for conference schedule, speakers and directions.

Planting Seeds of Change: The Community as a Garden

Ron Finley, international advocate for green activism in urban food deserts, will speak in Pittsburgh on May 1 about his vision for integrating neighborhood gardens into revitalization efforts. Joining the discussion will be a community panel with Justin Laing, the Endowments' senior Arts & Culture program officer, serving as moderator. The free event is part of the Community Conversation series sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and its African American Men and Boys Advisory Board.

The doors open at the Hill House Association’s Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave., with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration by April 25 is required.

Exit Plan

Kristal Robinson, left, and Kelly Barcic, right, are two of the many veterans who have returned to the Pittsburgh region and rebuilt their civilian lives, despite facing readjustment challenges. “Exit Plan,” written by Jeffery Fraser, tells their stories and how local philanthropies are working together to make the journey of veterans a little easier. Tintype portraits by Jason Synder.

River Crews

"River Crews," by Brett Murphy details how thousands of schoolchildren have boarded RiverQuest's "green" ship, Explorer, to learn lessons from the region's rivers. From left, Leonard Hall, Christopher Parks and Jevon Broughton, participants in the Higher Achievement academic program, are observing birds as a component of the river food chain while on board Explorer. Photography by Jim Judkis.

Wet Weather

Wet Weather,” written by Christine H. O’Toole, explores how with deadlines looming to meet federal clean water standards for Pittsburgh rivers, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority and local municipalities are working together, with philanthropic support, to develop an infrastructure plan that is “greener” as well as cleaner than traditional concrete and metal pipelines.


A+ Schools shares the community’s concerns about the quality of education and equity in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The nonprofit serves as a resource and catalyst for change, collecting and distributing critical information and providing specific way... Read More

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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.


Exit Plan

"Exit Plan," by Jeffery Fraser tells how readjusting to civilian life can be difficult for veterans, but many in the Pittsburgh region say they're up for the challenge - and some local philanthropies are working together to make the journey a little easier. Tintype portraits by Jason Snyder.


African American Men and Boys Initiative News

WQED honored 10 local men during the BMe Awards: Celebrating the Efforts of African American Men in the Community in February. The   celebration marked the conclusion of an Endowments-supported initiative coordinated by WQED. Hosted by WQED&rsq...

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