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