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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Jewish Life

Spotlight Grants: Human Rights

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American Jewish World Service

The foundation is proud to fund the grantmaking and advocacy work of AJWS, which reaches 19 countries around the world. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and building a more just and equitable world.

Many indigenous Mayan families have spent decades uprooted as landowners evict them at their whim, sometimes by force. In 2019, Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA) supported 81 displaced families to secure official legal land titles—now, they are finally laying roots in their own soil.

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Jewish Family & Community Services

In 2019, the foundation made a commitment of $1 million over four years to expand the capacity of JFCS to meet the needs of newly arrived refugees in the Pittsburgh area.

From arriving at the airport to enrolling children in school to learning the city’s bus routes, there’s a lot to take in for a newly arrived refugee family. JFCS provides essential, immediate and longer term assistance to newly arrived neighbors such as the young girl pictured at left.

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American Civil Liberties Union

The foundation is a long-time supporter of the ACLU. Recent grants have supported its Voting Rights initiative and Immigrants’ Rights Project.

A tent encampment for asylum seekers sent to wait in Matamoros, Mexico for their court dates across the border in October 2019.

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Global Links

Global Links is a Pittsburgh-based agency that redirects still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs throughout the Western Hemisphere. The foundation is proud to support its work to improve health initiatives in resource-poor communities.

Instead of making its way to a landfill, a recovered crash cart improves emergency response times for nurses in Honduras, who before used a makeshift wooden cart without wheels.

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