Location: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Contact info: www.heinz.org Phone: (412) 281-5777
Coverage Area: Southwestern Pennsylvania
Subject Area: Arts and Culture, Children, Youth and Families, Community and Economic Development, Education and Environment.
Assets: $1.4 billion (2011)
Last Year Total Giving: $40 million (2009)
In a nutshell: The Howard Heinz endowment was established in 1941, after the death of food magnate and philanthropist Howard Heinz. It was originally intended to fund programs within Pennsylvania that operate for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.
In 1983, Howard’s widow, Vira, died and created a charitable foundation to help those in need and to support educational and cultural enrichment, the Vira I. Heinz endowment. In 2007, the endowments merged to streamline operations, and Teresa Heinz became chairman of the board. in 2008, former Davidson College president Robert F. Vagt became president of the Endowments.
The foundation continues to have a regional focus and a broad spectrum of program areas. Within the Children, Youth and Families account, investments include early education, out of school time programming for school aged youth, youth philanthropy and parent leadership and advocacy.
How to Apply: All interested applicants must fill out the Heinz Endowment Application.