The end of the year is near! The season of giving is a time to look outward and help our friends and neighbors. Perhaps you want to share some of your good fortune from 2022. Or maybe give a thoughtful gift of a donation in honor of a friend or colleague. If you are looking for Pittsburgh nonprofits to make donations to, we’ve got a great list for you spanning many categories. Here is a list of some nonprofits in Pittsburgh doing wonderful things for the city. Happy giving!
Social Services and Advocacy
Pittsburgh is blessed with a strong social safety net that provides support to individuals and families in times of crisis and need to build stronger families and communities.
Since 1888, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has served youth throughout Western Pennsylvania. Consisting of 12 Clubhouse locations and more than a dozen partner sites in Allegheny and Somerset Counties, two stand-alone workforce development locations and three Great Futures Preschool sites, BGCWPA serves thousands of youth annually.
For over 65 years, the programs and support of Familylinks have grown and evolved to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals and families in our community. Familylinks provides personalized and family-centered community, behavioral, and social programs for life, from children to seniors.
PUMP’s mission is to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse place by engaging, educating, and mobilizing all young people to create change in our community. Each year, they serve nearly 30,000 individuals, primarily under the age of 40, through advocacy, civic, social, and recreational programming.
Sojourner House provides treatment and residential support for mothers in alcohol and substance abuse recovery and their children. They work to keep families together and regain their independence.
Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence from physical to emotional through Support Groups, Legal Advocacy, Hotline Services, a Children’s Advocacy Program, and more.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a non-profit that inspires creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse. They operate a non-traditional art supply shop located at the intersection of Wilkinsburg, Homewood, and Point Breeze, where people can donate used art and craft supplies, as well as shop for these unique items all in the same location. They also facilitate hands-on creative programming.
We may be biased, but the unique and diverse neighborhoods of Pittsburgh make our city the best place to live. These organizations are dedicated to ensuring our neighborhoods remain vibrant and growing for generations to come.
The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) exists to improve the quality of life for all in Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods through active community engagement.
East Liberty Development is a community development organization with a mission of fostering the revitalization of the East Liberty community. Since 1979, ELDI has worked in collaboration with neighborhood stakeholders in the areas of planning, advocacy, facilitation, and investment, in order to bring about positive change in the community.
The Friendship Community Group is the volunteer-based advocacy group for the neighborhood of Friendship. This organization works to ensure quality of life for all residents in Friendship.
Driven by the Lawrenceville community, the Lawrenceville Corporation acts as the catalyst and conduit for responsible and sustainable growth.
The Polish Hill Civic Association (PHCA) works to make Polish Hill a better place to live. Their mission is to respect and preserve the sense of community in Polish Hill while promoting economic and housing development opportunities, and improving the quality of life for our community.
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition gives voice to the hopes and concerns of residents, institutions, businesses and visitors and works to preserve, improve, and celebrate the quality of life in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. With a focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC monitors activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.
Your local Community Development Corporation!
Live in one of the areas not covered above? Consider a donation to your local community development corporation!
Arts and Entertainment
Pittsburgh’s rich theater heritage is not a thing of the past. These theaters and production companies make sure that Pittsburgh continues to foster our rich dramatic tradition.
Bricolage is Pittsburgh’s immersive theater. Their goal is to expand the boundaries of theater by creating transformative experiences that include the audience as a central partner.
Named after 20th century entertainment legends Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, both natives of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Kelly Strayhorn Theater is reflective of the passion that its founders had for the arts. They celebrate diversity in voice, thought, and expression, and uphold a firm commitment to inclusion.
New Hazlett Theater listens to what artists need and allows them to think about the big picture without worrying about how pieces of the puzzle — technology, logistics, personnel, money —will come together. They focus on their vision, and offer fresh ideas about their work without diluting it.
This post is a part of our #PittsburghProud blog series, where we highlight local organizations, businesses, and hidden gems that make Pittsburgh a vibrant and beautiful place.
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