Priority Areas

Our priority areas reflect both the foundation’s legacy of giving as well as our emerging interest in areas of pressing social, economic, and environmental concern. At this time, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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Civil Society

Spotlight Grants: Education

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Tartan Scholars at Carnegie Mellon University

The Posner Foundation has committed $10 million to Carnegie Mellon University to endow the Tartan Scholars program, which was developed to meet the needs of high-achieving students from limited resource backgrounds through a rich network of academic, social and financial support. This support will ensure the program can continue to give these students direct access to CMU leadership, mentorship and coaching opportunities, and community building experiences.

The foundation was an early champion of the Tartan Scholars program, providing critical support to envision and launch the program in 2019.

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In 2021, the Posner Foundation made a commitment of $1.5 million over three years to help Splash scale up delivery of clean water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and menstrual health and education services for kids living in urban poverty. Through Project WISE (WASH in Schools for Everyone), Splash is providing just and equitable access to basic needs, helping kids in Ethiopia thrive and reach their full potential.

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Literacy Pittsburgh

The Posner Foundation is pleased to provide general operating support to Literacy Pittsburgh. Nearly 60,000 working-age adults in Allegheny and Beaver counties do not have a high school diploma and many more lack the literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills to get and keep the good jobs employers need to fill. Math classes enabled Jeremy (pictured) to pass the exams to enroll in job training to become a pharmacy tech, a position that pays a family-sustaining wage and offers a career path.

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Steamship Historical Society of America

Steamship Historical Society of America stewards and interprets the Posner Maritime Collection. It consists of several dozen maritime paintings, objects and artifacts by noteworthy artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Posner Maritime Collection is presented online virtually, and is also utilized within the SSHSA’s educational curriculum to help students understand visual arts in relation to history. It introduces the transition from sail to steam, and explains why steam vessels were still sail-rigged in the late 1800s into the 1900s. You can view the lesson at the link below.

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