One of the best things about Pittsburgh is how generous the people are who live here. Below is a list of some local and national charities that are near and dear to the hearts of Pittsburghers as well as Popular Pittsburgh. Some of these charities have been founded by people just like you. Your support of them makes the world and Pittsburgh a better place.
Brother’s Brother Foundation
Since its founding in 1958, Brother’s Brother Foundation has promoted international health and education by distributing donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources. It has provided over $3.5 billion in medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people in need in more than 140 countries. Brother’s Brother was founded by Dr. Robert Hingson, a physician and inventor from Pittsburgh. Forbes magazine has rated the foundation as one of the top four most efficient charities, with a 100 percent rating in fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment. To learn more about Brother’s Brother Foundation, visit their website at: www.brothersbrother.org.
Catholic Charities – Diocese of Pittsburgh
The main social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities aims to serve those in greatest need regardless of their religious affiliation. From pregnancy and adoption, to health care and senior services, since 1910, Catholic Charities has been offering a panoply of programs to help those who live in the six counties of the diocese: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington. Eighty-six cents of every dollar donated goes directly to assisting those seeking help from Catholic Charities. For more information on Catholic Charities, visit: www.ccpgh.org.
The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center
Established in 1893, The Children’s Home was founded to care for orphaned children and place them in loving homes. In 1984, the Pediatric Specialty Hospital was added to provide sub-acute care for infants. In 1998, Child’s Way, a daycare for children with special medical needs, was added. In 2007, with the ongoing and substantial support from the Mario Lemieux Foundation, it became The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center and began to focus on the needs of families. That intent is manifested by the many family spaces situated throughout facility and “Austin’s Playroom” for siblings. For more information, visit their website at: www.childrenshomepgh.org.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Free Care Fund
Since 1890, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been providing excellent patient care for sick and injured children in our area without financial stipulations. In 2012 alone, 28,000 children benefited from The Free Care Fund. In the past 60 years, the community has contributed $60 million to assist these children. For more information on the Free Care Fund, visit: www.givetochildrens.org.
Haitian Families First
Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie went to the impoverished nation of Haiti nearly 14 years ago and fell in love with the people. (Read the article on the McMutries here). Initially, the pair ran an orphanage, but after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the sisters decided to focus on ways of keeping the families in Haiti intact, forming Haitian Families First. To learn more about how you can support this dynamic pair in their efforts, visit: www.haitianfamiliesfirst.org.
When the steel industry collapsed in the Mon Valley in the 1980s, Rainbow Kitchen Community Services was formed to aid those suffering from this economic downturn. (Read Pittsburgh Extends a Helping Hand). It provides a safety net for the disadvantaged by implementing anti-hunger programs and providing case management services for such needs as housing, utilities, and transportation. For more information on how to support Rainbow Kitchen, visit: www.rainbowkitchen.org.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
More than 70 years ago, entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to St. Jude that if the saint came to his aid, Thomas would honor him. In 1962, Thomas made good on his pledge and opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the mission of finding cures for children with cancer and other devastating diseases through research and treatment. Through its impressive work, St. Jude’s has helped change the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962, to 80 percent today. Through the support of St. Jude, no family ever has to pay for treatment. To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit: www.stjude.org.
While most people are familiar with the Salvation Army’s red kettles, they may not be aware of all the work the Salvation Army does. It operates 7,546 centers across the country, including food distribution, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and children’s programs. In addition, when disaster strikes, the Salvation Army is often the first on scene to offer help. For more information about The Salvation Army, visit their site at: www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
A network of 22 hospitals composes Shriners Hospitals for Children. These hospitals, located across the United States and also with a location in Canada and Mexico, treat children with orthopedic maladies, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, without regard to a family’s ability to pay. Many techniques practiced around the world were developed at Shriners Hospitals. For more information on how to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit: www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project began when several veterans and friends took action to aid wounded service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. With advancements in battlefield medicine, more service members are surviving severe wounds and injuries. During World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded for each one killed. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, seven have been wounded for each U.S. soldier killed. Wounded Warrior, through a variety of programs from hosting outdoor events to aiding with employment, has sought to ease the transition to a new life as a wounded veteran. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.