What We Do

Our Mission

Our goal is simple: To provide grants to non-profits that support the educational, medical, and developmental needs of the children of Pittsburgh. 

Since 1992, we’ve hosted an annual benefit to support that mission. Each year, through a grant application process, we select child-centered non-profit organizations to receive the proceeds we raise. 

Our selected organizations must meet our criteria of helping Pittsburgh’s children, be classified as 501(c) 3 organization, and have the potential to grow through our financial support.
 
As an all-volunteer organization, 98% of the funds we raise go directly to the support of our mission. Since our first event, we’ve distributed over $1.3 million to qualifying organizations.

Who We Help


2022 Project Theia, 412 Boxing,and Propel Schools Homestead
2021 Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and The Neighborhood Academy
2020 Backpack For Hunger
2019 Hosanna House
2018 Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
2017 Sharpsburg Community Library. Full STEAM Ahead
2016 Project SEED
2015 Beverly’s Birthdays
2014 Operation Backpack
2013 Saltworks Theatre
2012 Angels’ Place
2011 Riding for the Handicapped of Western PA
2010 Family Literacy Center
2009 Allegheny Youth Development
2008 Urban Program (UP) for Reading
2007 Girls Hope
2006 The Neighborhood Academy
2005 Children’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit
2004 Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
2003 Child Watch
2002 Wings for Children
2001 Child’s Way
2000 The Woodlands Foundation
1999 Court Appointed Special Advocate
1998 Mt. Ararart Community Center
1997 The Lighthouse
1996 Bethesda Center
1995 Debra House
1994 No Benefit Held
1993 Louise Child Care
1992 Pace Academy

Our Impact

“Backpack for Hunger is so grateful to the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh for the generous grant that we received.  This money literally translated into food for so many children that we were able to feed during the pandemic when a tremendous number of families in our community were in need.”

- Lisa Bowden, President 
Backpack for Hunger, 2019 Beneficiary


“Funds from the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh and its supporters are critical in providing necessities, activities and care to children healing from the devasting effects of domestic violence. Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) is grateful for this incredible generosity that will allow us to continue serving children in a safe and nurturing environment. WC&S’ Children’s Advocates provide counseling and referrals to address the long-term healing needs of children and their mothers, thus working to end the intergenerational cycle of violence. Our work simply wouldn’t be possible without community partners like the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh. Thank you!”

- Nicole Molinaro, President/CEO, 
Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, 2021 Beneficiary


“The Neighborhood Academy thanks the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh for their generous donation towards our middle school program, which educates young men in grades 6-8 on their path towards college. This generous funding has allowed us to implement The University of Chicago School Math Project (UCSMP) in our Middle School curriculum, which offers a multifaceted approach to improve math skills utilizing a variety of tools and technologies in an activity-oriented style. This funding also guaranteed that each 6-8 grade student received a laptop for the upcoming 2021-22 Academic Year."

- Brent Jernigan, Assistant Head of School for Academics
The Neighborhood Academy, 2021 Beneficiary


“I can’t say enough great things about the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh! They hosted an incredible collection drive for infant care essentials to support the new and expecting moms in our region through our Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer program. Not only did they collect a large number of items but they worked with us to get exactly what we were most in need of AND delivered the items to our office! They went above and beyond and we are so proud to partner with such a great group of women.”

- Megs Yunn, Founder of Beverly’s Birthdays
Beverly’s Birthdays, 2015 Beneficiary

Get Involved

From attending an event to becoming a member, there are many ways you can help us improve the lives of children in Pittsburgh. 

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