GWP Operations and Programming

GWP's first priority is the continued health of our members and staff.  To slow potential exposure to COVID-19, we have put our in-person gatherings on hold.  Please check our upcoming events page for up to date information. 

Our staff is working remotely and you should not notice any change in GWP’s ability to respond promptly to your questions and concerns. Please be in touch with GWP as usual.  We are here to support you as funders and nonprofits respond to this unprecedented public-health challenge.


GWP Member Operations - Returning to the Office

GWP has been fielding questions from members about how they are managing their operations and planning for a return to their offices .  We have compiled the results from our survey to members and is available for GWP members.

See the results of the survey here 

Join GWP's COVID-19 Listserv

GWP shares updates and resources on how our region is responding to COVID-19. Join here.

Investing in Professional Artists Announces $170,000 in Grants

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Investing in Professional Artists, a joint grant-making program of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Opportunity Fund, has awarded $170,000 to individual artists and art programs for the initiative’s 2020 cycle.


 American Eagle Outfitters is donating $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, along with 1 million masks to healthcare workers.

Bank of America Announces $100 Million In Support Of COVID-19 Response
The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Citizens Bank has committed $5 million across its footprint to support small business and communities. 

Covestro LLC has donated $67,500 to local food banks to aid communities across the country where the company has local operations.

Dick's Sporting Goods Executives Give Up Paychecks
The CEO and President of DSG are not taking a salary and other executives will have their pay cut while stores are closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company is continuing to pay its workers and offer benefits during the closure.

First Commonwealth Bank is matching donations up to $75,000 made through their website to local organizations that provide food, supplies and other critical items needed in response to COVID-19.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists
The fund will provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak under the modified application guidelines.

The Heinz Endowments established an expedited, weekly review process and just released news about its first wave of its COVID-19 grantmaking in response to local nonprofit needs. 

Hillman Family Foundations has committed about $7 million to respond to COVID-19, releasing about $4 million to date.  The Henry L. Hillman Foundation's board is organizing its giving into three phases.  First, the foundation is addressing the immediate threat to the region's population health; second, it will make targeted grants to assist the recovery of essential nonprofits and their ability to serve their constituents.  In future months, the foundation expects to focus on the region's structural recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

The Jefferson Regional Foundation created the COVID-19 Jefferson Emergency Response Fund to support organizations in the Jefferson area to address critical and strategic aspects of community health and wellness affected by the virus.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation approved an emergency fund for the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other grants to extend efforts in HIV/AIDS programming, support older adults, and improve patient safety. Each grant addresses health issues that have become further exacerbated by COVID-19.

Neighborhood Allies is working to ensure all students can learn virtually with its Beyond the Laptops initiative, and is making $10,000 emergency grants in six targeted neighborhoods.

Pennsylvania Humanities Council has launched Pop Up Grants for Cultural Producers to support humanities events, programs, and projects during the COVID-19 shutdown through virtual or other forms of distance-based engagement with the public. 

PNC Financial Services has committed $30 million for COVID-19 relief to support people with basic needs and hardship-relief programs in markets where the bank operates. 

The PNC Foundation has donated $1 million to United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to create the Students and Families Food Relief Fund, designed to support families struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. United Way will team with Eat'n Park Hospitality Group to provide more than 250,000 meals to families in need.

The POISE Foundation launched the Critical Community Needs Fund to provide money to small- and mid-sized organizations that serve black residents and that could be overlooked by government aid programs and larger funds.

Richard King Mellon Foundation announced several strategic initiatives in response to COVID-19: an emergency operating support program for current grantees; a request for ideas on ways to address economic impact and recovery; and a fund to support healthcare innovations and technology.

Staunton Farm Foundation quickly redirected nearly $450,000 from its usual grantmaking  to emergency support for nonprofits that address behavioral health.  The extra flexibility is especially valuable to the foundation's grantees, who work with extremely limited resources, while serving some of the region's most vulnerable people, especially in rural areas.





The Pittsburgh Foundation Emergency Action Fund

The Emergency Action Fund is intended to help our region's vulnerable populations recover from the effects of COVID-19. The fund launched in partnership with the United Way of SWPA and $1 million donations from Hillman Family Foundations, The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation. See current list of donations to the fund here. 

Other GWP Member contributors include:

  • Bank of America
  • The Benter Foundation
  • The Buhl Foundation
  • Citizens Bank
  • The Citrone Foundation
  • Dollar Bank
  • EQT Corporation
  • The Fine Foundation
  • FISA Foundation
  • Massey Charitable Trust
  • McAuley Ministries
  • McElhattan Foundation
  • Opportunity Fund
  • Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation
  • Laura and Jason Rock Family Foundation
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation
  • Rust Foundation

Elk County Community Foundation COVID-19 Assistance Fund

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Elk County Community Foundation is establishing the COVID-19 Assistance Fund.   The Community Foundation will administer grants from the fund to nonprofit organizations in Elk County that are serving vulnerable populations.  Support may also be given to nonprofits who have seen detrimental impacts to their fiscal and administrative operation as a result of a loss of revenue, fundraising, or staffing.


Washington County Community Foundation Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund

This fund has been created provide grants to human service organizations serving Washington County, Pennsylvania, in response to local disasters and emergencies. More than $120,000 in grants has already been awarded.


Community Foundation for the Alleghenies COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund 

The fund is designed to quickly provide financial resources to organizations meeting the community’s critical and changing needs, such as health, human services, and economic challenges.


Community Foundation of Fayette Count Emergency Relief Fund

The Emergency Relief Fund will provide grants to health and human service organizations serving Fayette County, PA in response to local disasters and emergencies.


Community Foundation of Greene County Emergency Response Fund

The purpose of the fund, created in partnership with The Greene County United Way, is to provide quick, flexible grants and resources to nonprofit organizations our area working with communities who are heavily impacted by a local disasters and emergencies. 


Crawford Heritage Community Foundation Emergency Respond Fund

The community foundation has established an Emergency Response Fund in order to respond to needs that will arise from the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies. 


The Erie Community Foundation Rapid Response Fund

The fund, which attracted more than 250 donors, awarded close to $700,000 to Erie County nonprofits that offer assistance to those in need by providing food, caring for children, serving the elderly or helping those suffering from job loss-hardship due to COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Allegheny County Health Department

Allegheny County Conference on Community Development
The Allegheny Conference is updating a list of consolidated resources made available from across our government, corporate, philanthropic, university and non-profit communities that can help guide, prepare and address the COVID-19 pandemic.

FBI Urges Vigilance During COVID-19 Pandemic
Information regarding protecting individuals and organizations from evolving scams and threats.


Local Data


Philanthropy Resources

COVID-19 Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do
This is an excellent blog post about what philanthropy can do to help address COVID-19 – from a philanthropy consultant who was formerly a pediatrician and public health official.

Funding Summary for COVID-19 (Candid)
Candid has released a new page on its website which is tracking the latest funding going to respond to the outbreak, as well as related news and RFPs. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to the database. The data are derived from news articles and other sources, and funders who directly share their funding data with Candid. If you are a part of a foundation that is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak then share grants data.

Disaster Funding Map (Candid & Disaster Philanthropy)
This map giving to disasters, including coronavirus. 

Philanthropy's Response to Coronavirus Outbreak (Council on Foundations)
The Council on Foundations is working to provide tools to respond and track relief efforts.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19
Source for impacts, critical needs, updates and ways to learn more about this crisis. CDP also created a list of suggestions for foundations to consider related to disaster giving.


Events for nonprofit organizations

In response to the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, The Pittsburgh Foundation is partnering with global law firm Jones Day and other experts to offer a series of one-hour webinars providing nonprofits the same kind of world-class information that large, private-sector organizations are receiving. The presentations will be shared with other community foundations and nonprofit networks across the country. 

Details and registration at


Past Events and Recordings

CFP Webinar: Family Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19
March 27 | 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

GPNP COVID-19 Update
March 26 | 3:00 PM
The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership hosted a call with updates regarding the region's response to COVID-19. Attendees heard from philanthropic and public health leaders including:

  • Lisa Schroeder, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Marc Cherna, Director, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
  • Dr. LuAnn Brink, Chief Epidemiologist, Allegheny County Health Dept.
  • Dr. Jamil Bey, President & CEO, Urban Kind Institute
  • Dr. Amy Helwig, Chief Quality Officer, UPMC Health Plan
  • Dr. Joon Lee, Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Health Plan


GWP Funder Briefing: March 16
GWP hosted a Coronavirus Response Member Call with local leaders to learn how funders respond to needs in the community and discuss best practices in preparedness and response.