What We Do

Our Mission

Our goal is simple: Fashion Their Future - Support Pittsburgh's Children.  We 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 $1.4 million to 36 qualifying organizations.

Who We Help

2023 EVO - Earthen Vessel Outreach, Foster Love Project, Joy Riders, and Will Allen Foundation
2022 Propel Schools Homestead and 412 Boxing
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

" We are very grateful to the Women's Board of Pittsburgh for this generous grant.  Students in the Will Allen Foundation partner schools will benefit from this support, enabling us to continue to offer our Quest for Real Life Success programming that includes STEM/Robotics, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Social Justice Curriculum." 

- Will Allen, Founder and Board President, Will Allen Foundation, 2023 Beneficiary

“Foster Love Project is so honored to be a grant recipient of the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh. With the funding provided we will be able to purchase goods for our free Shopping Center which supports kids in foster and kinship care between the ages of zero to eighteen. As the only Shopping Center of its kind in our region, we are on target to serve up to 1,000 foster youth. We can not thank the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh enough for their commitment to the community.”
- Jina O'Neill, Director of Development, Foster Love Project, 2023 Beneficiary

“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


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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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