Grants Spotlight

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation: Four Investments in Pittsburgh’s Future

In the world of finance and philanthropy, Henry L. Hillman was a strategic risk taker, a curious innovator and a dedicated opportunity maker. By design, these same descriptions befit the foundation that bears his name and continues to carry out his remarkable legacy today.
In 2018, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation invested approximately $21.5 million in ideas and initiatives that are poised to move Pittsburgh—and its people—toward a bolder, brighter tomorrow.
Of the 56 grants awarded in 2018, four are represented in this section. These grants have propelled exciting and ambitious ideas into action. They represent four small-but-mighty organizations that are aiming to build a better life for the residents of Western Pennsylvania.
It’s Pittsburgh—evolving and advancing before our very eyes—just as Henry hoped it would.


Hilltop Urban Farm

Lately, Sarah Ashley Baxendell has been thinking about soil. A lot.

As the Director of Hilltop Urban Farm, a project of the Hilltop Alliance, Baxendell is well aware of the important role that soil has to play in sustaining a community’s dream.

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InnovatePGH launched in late 2017 with a clear charge: Realize Pittsburgh’s potential as a global innovation hub.

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As ioby’s Pittsburgh Action Strategist, Miriam Parson spends a fair amount of her day listening. In fact, in 2018 alone, she listened to 250 people explain their ideas—large and small—for how to make Pittsburgh an even better place to live, work and grow.

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Tri-COG Land Bank

As the executive director of the nonprofit Tri-COG Land Bank, An Lewis has her sights set on a very tricky foe: neighborhood blight. But the battle she’s kicked off against dilapidated homes and vacant lots outside of Pittsburgh proper is no small feat.

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