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Philanthropy For and By African-Americans 
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John Denny 
Oral History
Paul Jenkins 
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Carol Brown 
Oral History
 
Mellon family grants $15 million to University of Pittsburgh1954
Mary R. "Dee" Delaney 
Portrait
 
Allegheny Observatory1860
Funds for first Carnegie library 
1881
Diana Bucco 
Portrait
Scott Izzo 
Portrait
 
Falk Foundation2013
 
Maurice Falk Fund and Leon Falk Family Trust2006
Alan Scaife 
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Heinz Endowments created 
1986
 
The Fine Foundation2007
Peter Mathieson 
Portrait
Sigo Falk 
Portrait
 
Brewer's Fuel Fund1860
William "Bill" Strickland 
Portrait
 
Founding of Girls Service Club1923
Ron Wertz 
Oral History
Sylvia Fields 
Oral History
Mellon Square Park established 
1953
Carolyn Duronio 
Oral History
 
Hillman foundations make $10 million gift to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation2005
Orphan Society of Allegheny County 
1832
 
Hillman foundations establish The Hillman Fellows Program for Innovative Cancer Research2005
 
Home for Aged Protestant Women1871
Howard Heinz 
Portrait
 
Henry Clay Frick Education Commission affiliates with the Buhl Foundation1993
Madam CJ Walker 
Portrait
Martin McGuinn 
Oral History
Andrew Carnegie 
Portrait
Mark Lewis 
Portrait
Schenley Park 
1889
Gregg Behr 
Portrait
 
Buhl Foundation funds social survey1937
 
Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Hunt make large gift to CIT1958
The Pittsburgh Foundation is established 
1945
Allegheny Institute 
1849
Colcom Foundation is created 
1996
 
Maurice Falk Fund2004
Heather Arnet 
Portrait
Mark Nordenberg 
Oral History
Karen Wolk Feinstein 
Oral History
 
Greater Pittsburgh Parks Associated is founded1932
 
A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust established1930
Mellon Institute dedicated by A.W. Mellon 
1937
Sebastian Mueller 
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Giving Circles and Sankofa Case Study 
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Rachel Miller Hunt 
Portrait
 
The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is Established1964
Elsie H. Hillman 
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Grant Oliphant 
Portrait
Henry Clay Frick 
Portrait
Gordon Reynolds (Renny) Clark 
Portrait
John Denny 
Portrait
Cecile Springer 
Oral History
Luci Dabney 
Oral History
Morton Coleman 
Oral History
Mary Schenley donates remnant of Fort Pitt 
1895
Henry Posner Jr. 
Portrait
 
Groundwork laid for regional park system1958
Transfer of Allegheny Observatory to Western University of Pennsylvania 
1865
 
Bureau of Social Research established by Buhl Foundation1932
 
St. Paul's Orphan Asylum1849
Judith Davenport 
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Robert E. Eberly 
Portrait
Henry Hoffstot 
Oral History
Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin 
Portrait
The Transformation of the Cultural District 
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Paul Jenkins 
Oral History
Andrew W. Mellon 
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Sarah Mellon Scaife announced bequest1966
Diana Bucco 
Oral History
Gregg Behr 
Oral History
 
DT Watson Home for Crippled Children founded1916
 
Mellon brothers donate land for Cathedral of Learning1925
Henry Posner III 
Portrait
Sunil Wadhwani 
Oral History
Senator John Heinz 
Portrait
Jared Cohon 
Oral History
Alfred "Burr" Wishart 
Oral History
George Greer 
Oral History
Morton "Moe" Coleman 
Portrait
Torrence "Tod" Hunt, Jr. 
Portrait
Scott Izzo 
Oral History
Michael Benedum 
Portrait
R. Daniel McMichael 
Oral History
Robert Pease 
Portrait
R. Daniel McMichael 
Portrait
 
Carnegie Institute of Technology receives major grant1946
 
Forbes Funds is Established1982
Philanthropy For and By Women 
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Cathy Raphael 
Oral History
Luci Dabney 
Portrait
 
Carnegie establishes pension fund and library maintenance fund1901
Philip Hallen 
Oral History
POISE Foundation launches 
1980
 
Henry Clay Frick donates land to the City of Pittsburgh1919
Carol Brown 
Portrait
Vira Heinz 
Portrait
With broad foundation support, the Pittsburgh Promise is established 
2008
Cynthia Shapira 
Portrait
Benedum Foundation makes large gift to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 
1985
Stanton Belfour 
Portrait
 
Protestant Home for Incurables1883
Hillman Foundation established 
1951
Eva Tansky Blume 
Portrait
Mary Schenley 
Portrait
William Deitrich 
Portrait
Heather Arnet 
Oral History
 
Howard Heinz Endowment established1941
Judith and Ron Davenport 
Oral History
Grant Oliphant 
Oral History
The Sisters of Mercy 
Portrait
 
H.J. Heinz II named man of the year1942
 
Colored Orphan Asylum1880
Jane Holmes 
Portrait
 
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation1944
 
Westinghouse gave $200,0001948
Cordelia Scaife May 
Portrait
Chatham Village constructed 
1931
Carolyn Duronio 
Portrait
 
Harmarville Rehabitation Center1956
 
The Maurice and Laura Falk Fund is created1929
Carnegie Technical Institute 
1900
 
Fund for unemployed men1894
Alma Illery 
Portrait
Ronald Wertz 
Portrait
 
Allegheny Day Nursery1886
Buhl Planetarium constructed in Pittsburgh 
1937
 
Madam CJ Walker Makes Large Gift1919
Constance Prosser Mellon 
Portrait
Risk and Failure 
Storyline
Mary R. "Dee" Delaney 
Oral History
Civic Light Opera founded 
1946
The Buhl Foundation created 
1927
 
Three Rivers Youth established1970
Cathy Raphael 
Portrait
Richard King Mellon Foundation established 
1947
Ron Davenport 
Portrait
Ann McGuinn 
Portrait
Sunil Wadhwani 
Portrait
 
Hillman Family Foundations2009
William P. Getty 
Oral History
 
ALMONO purchases 178-acre brownfield site2002
Henry Posner Sr. 
Portrait
Maxwell King 
Portrait
Nancy Washington 
Portrait
William P. Getty 
Portrait
Gregory Curtis 
Portrait
McCune Foundation established 
1979
 
Home for Aged Protestant Men and Couples1881
Brunot and Brewer Endow The Church Home 
1858
 
Lemington Home for the Aged1900
Helen Clay Frick 
Portrait
 
Christian Home for Women1871
Mark Lewis 
Oral History
Richard Mellon Scaife 
Portrait
Gordon Reynolds (Renny) Clark 
Oral History
Saleem Ghubril 
Oral History
Sarah Benedum 
Portrait
Doreen Boyce 
Oral History
Robert Pease 
Oral History
 
$12 million gift to University of Pittsburgh1958
 
Carnegie gives $1 million1891
 
Mellon Park land is donated1946
Women and Girls Foundation established 
2002
Peter Mathieson 
Oral History
Torrence 'Tod' Hunt, Jr. 
Oral History
Ann Burgwin Scully 
Portrait
 
Education Fund Commission1909
Anatomy of a Transformative Gift: Eden Hall Farm 
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Nancy Washington 
Oral History
Grable Foundation established 
1976
Sylvia Fields 
Portrait
 
The Carnegie Library of Homestead.1896
Maxwell King 
Oral History
 
Allegheny Vocational Counseling Center established1946
Leila College Opens 
1908
Jared Cohon 
Portrait
Atom smasher funded by Buhl Foundation 
1946
 
RK Mellon makes $25 million Life Sciences grant2007
Mark Nordenberg 
Portrait
"Baltimore" Jane Holmes 
Portrait
Henry Buhl, Jr. 
Portrait
Henry Posner III 
Oral History
H.J. "Jack" Heinz II 
Portrait
 
Jewish Healthcare Foundation1990
George Greer 
Portrait
St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum 
1874
Henry Hillman 
Portrait
Maurice Falk 
Portrait
Milton Fine 
Portrait
Minnie Kupperbursh Grable 
Portrait
Philip Hallen 
Portrait
Richard P. Simmons 
Portrait
 
The Home for Colored Children1880
Alcoa Foundation established 
1952
 
Buhl Foundation funds Children's Museum1970
 
Mary Schenley donates land to Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Blind1890
Teresa Heinz 
Portrait
 
Andrew Carnegie gave 55 million for libraries1885
Henry Hoffstot 
Portrait
 
Buhl Foundation funds metropolitan studies1953
FISA Foundation established 
1996
 
Buhl Foundation endows Doreen Boyce Chair at University of Pittsburgh1999
Eden Hall Farm gifted to Chatham University 
2008
Charles L. McCune 
Portrait
David Shapira 
Portrait
Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny 
1890
Doreen Boyce 
Portrait
William L Mellon, Jr., M.D. 
Portrait
 
The Eden Hall Foundation is Established1983
Corporate Philanthropy 
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James Adams coal assistance1841
Esther Barrazzone 
Oral History
Gospel of Wealth 
1889
Alfred "Burr" Wishart, Jr. 
Portrait
Sigo Falk 
Oral History
 
Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Women1883
Martin McGuinn 
Portrait
Esther Barrazzone 
Portrait
Karen Wolk Feinstein 
Portrait
 
The Pittsburgh Survey1907
 
A.W. Mellon dies1937
Roy A. Hunt 
Portrait
Seeding and Sustaining Innovation: From Campus to Company 
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A.J. Palumbo 
Portrait
Richard King Mellon 
Portrait
 
Laurel Foundation is Established1951
Staunton Farm Foundation established 
1937
Gregory Curtis 
Oral History
 
Frick Collection opens1935
Every Pittsburgher a Philanthropist 
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Cecile Springer 
Portrait
 
A.W. Mellon pays University of Pittsburgh debt1921
Cynthia Shapira 
Oral History
Saleem Ghubril 
Portrait
 
Birmingham Foundation1996
H. J. Heinz 
Portrait
 
The Federation of Girls' School Societies founded1911
$7 million sports arena proposed in Hill District 
1953
Ann McGuinn 
Oral History
 
United Presbyterian Women’s Association and Women’s Home1879
 
Hunt Foundation is Established1951
Bernard H. Jones 
Portrait
Maurice Falk Medical Fund established 
1960
William Strickland 
Oral History
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