The POISE Foundation will establish a “Hope Fund” thanks to Homewood City Council representative the Rev. Ricky Burgess. On April 14, 2008 Rev. Burgess announced that he would donate $146,000 -- all of his City Council district's discretionary funds--to create a “Hope Fund” to be administered by the POISE Foundation. "For more than 27 years, the POISE Foundation has been supporting programs that add value to the quality of life of black Pittsburgh and the region as a whole," he said.