About Philanthropy

Philanthropy Serving Organizations (PSOs)  are networks of organizations and individuals who practice philanthropy. Typically, the members of PSO include private, corporate and community foundations; corporate giving programs, United Ways; and other federations.  Many PSOs also have individual donors and tax-supported entities (such as state arts or humanities councils) in their membership.    

Each Regional PSO serves a specific geographical area. Our members are clustered in western Pennsylvania, but we welcome members located at a distance who are interested in connecting with those in our region. 

Types of Funders

People who want to make charitable gifts have an array of ways to do so.  They can choose from among multiple vehicles – from sending a text message or writing a check, to establishing a donor-advised fund or creating a private foundation.  Whether the gift is of cash, IRA proceeds, appreciated stock or assets like artwork or real estate, donors are increasingly using some combination of tools to make the greatest community impact. 

Below are some of the most common kinds of grantmakers.  When seeking funds, be sure you understand the kind of grantmaker you are approaching and what its mission and goals are.