Nonprofits

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The online fundraiser "Give Big Pittsburgh" was billed as a natural follow-up to the Pittsburgh Foundation's annual Day of Giving, which provided one-day funding matches to donations benefiting local nonprofits, but mixed messages timed with Giving Tuesday may have contributed to less than stellar returns.

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The Pittsburgh International Airport is about to have a major makeover. Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said the Pittsburgh region is "a growing, tech-focused economy" and its airport should better reflect that. The renovations are expected to cost $1.1 billion

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Each week, reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist and host Kevin Gavin to take an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

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“Would you like to register to vote?”

Nearly every time Elaine Harris-Fulton asks the question, she gets a version of, “I’m already registered.”

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After bringing in more than $1 million Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s annual Day of Giving was halted early.

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Four years ago, one group of people from a YMCA in New York City had an idea: to turn what had been days of consumer-driven attention to nonprofits and charities. #GivingTuesday was born in 2012 with the aim of engaging communities and getting people to “give back.”

“Whether that’s donations or volunteerism or raising your voice online or offline in support of whatever cause you’re passionate about,” said Asha Curran, director of innovation and social impact with the 92nd Street Y in New York City, which started the Giving Tuesday movement.

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At the Survivors Inc. domestic violence shelter off the main drag in Gettysburg, the hardship of the state budget impasse is quantified with two numbers: 70 and 111.

That’s how many adults and children, respectively, had been turned away by the shelter since the standstill began in July, through September. 

“Normally we don’t have any turn-aways,” said Survivors CEO Terri Hamrick as tears came to her eyes. “A lot of them ended up staying where they are. And some of them, we don’t know where they went.” 

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With a new board of directors and several upcoming performances, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture appears to be reinventing itself and establishing a presence beyond its history of financial and leadership complications.

The Center declared bankruptcy last year before being purchased by a coalition of Pittsburgh nonprofits at a sheriff's sale.

Opening nonprofit organizations requires a clear understanding of the group's vision, purpose and the community being served, according to Fragrasso Financial Advisors Institutional Investment Account Manager Gregg Daily.

Pittsburgh area nonprofits that receive state funding are being warned to prepare for a long budget delay.

Kate Dewey is president of The Forbes Funds, the host organization for the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, which offers an array of services to assist nonprofits throughout the region. Dewey said the partnership is recommending several steps nonprofits can take to ensure their long-term stability.

Women make up 74 percent of the workforce at nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania but they are only being paid 75 percent as much as men.

That’s according to a survey from the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management's most recent survey.

“There’s a whole collection of reasons why this pay gap persists, but it really is troubling because we are supposed to be about social justice,” Peggy Outon, executive director, said. “And nonprofit organizations mostly have a mission to advance social justice, and we have a bigger pay gap in nonprofits than we do in business.”

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Pittsburgh is known to have great restaurants all over, but at the end of the night an estimated 40 percent of fresh food is thrown out that could have gone to local food banks.

UpPrize is a new challenge in the Pittsburgh area which combines nonprofits' daily problems with the innovation of local entrepreneurs and a chance to win up to $1 million.  

The Comcast Foundation has awarded $617,000 to 30 nonprofits in Pennsylvania for promoting volunteerism and service, expanding digital literacy and building tomorrow’s leaders.

About half of the companies awarded were located in Pittsburgh. The biggest grant, $150,000 went to the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Other companies awarded included various Big Brother Big Sisters chapters, Boys and Girls Clubs chapters, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, and the Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania.

Charities Amendment Won’t Go On Spring Ballot

Feb 5, 2015

A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way tax-exempt entities are defined won’t make it onto the spring ballot.

State Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) said lawmakers have run out of time to pass the amendment and send it to a voter referendum.

“I think we’ve already missed that deadline,” said Eichelberger, “so it’ll be in the fall.”

He added that it’s also possible lawmakers will study the matter further, and even revise the proposed amendment, restarting the three-part process of changing the state constitution.

Allegheny County Council on Tuesday joined the chorus of voices calling on the state Legislature to stop bills that would amend the state constitution and give lawmakers the right to decide what qualifies an organization for tax-exempt, public charity status.

PA Senate Promises Hearing on Charities Amendment

Jan 29, 2015

Senate leaders have postponed a vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution, after calls for a hearing on the matter.   

The proposed amendment would restore the Legislature’s power to define non-profits known as purely public charities, which don’t have to pay local taxes. Right now, a court ruling establishes rules for the tax-exempt entities.

The amendment was poised for swift passage, but senators like Democratic Minority Leader Jay Costa voiced concern that it had never received a hearing in their chamber.

BNY Mellon and the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania are teaming up with The Forbes Funds to help local nonprofits solve social challenges through technology.

The bank is putting up $500,000 and its foundation is investing $550,000 in a competition that will bring together nonprofits and private sector entrepreneurs to develop technological innovations.

Matt Zieger, executive-in-residence for social innovation at The Forbes Funds, said the nonprofit community is often held back from technology adoption because of underfunding.