Welcome to the McElhattan Foundation. We are a Pittsburgh-based grantmaking foundation.

Our mission is preserving and enhancing human life, and we are working toward this by focusing our grantmaking on four program areas: 

Latest News

Our friends at @pediatricpalliativecc are hosting a virtual discussion all about caregivers! Join them this Friday to hear from parents of children with complex medical needs about how to help and support families like theirs.

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Join us in one week for our next Firefly chat.
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Happy Big Brothers Big Sisters Month, @bbbspgh! We are proud to support your work of helping children achieve their full potential.

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We’re celebrating Big Brothers Big Sisters Month! Studies show physical distancing can lead to social isolation for vulnerable youth. But a mentor can make a positive impact, now more than ever. #BiggerTogether #BBBSMonth
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Our friends at the Franklin Area School District and NoRILLA are partnering to bring creativity to the classroom! Last year, the McElhattan Foundation funded the implementation of NoRILLA in one elementary school in Franklin. NoRILLA is a mixed-reality system that includes a shaking table, a friendly cartoon gorilla, and an intelligent tutoring system. We can't wait to see these Franklin students explore this new technology!

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Grantee Spotlight 👨‍💻 ✏️

In their final report, @lightoflife shared a beautiful story with our team about their Education and Employment program's impact. We are so proud to support this wonderful organization!

"A man came to us in March 2020 when he lost his apartment when the housing authority condemned it through no fault of his own. With highly desirable job skills, but living on the street, he had no computer access and no way to conduct a job search. A native of Angola with an engineering degree, a tech company should have scooped him up. Still, the impact of the pandemic and the lack of computer access created a very significant barrier to finding employment.
After he was accepted into the Housing and Employment program, he made his way to the computer lab. After a couple of weeks of diligent work, he secured an online interview for a company in California and was hired.
Though his time with us was short, he spent a great deal of time in the computer lab, refining his search, and getting in contact with employers and achieved a successful outcome."
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Our friends at @theellisschool are doing an awesome job with social distanced learning. ✏️📚 We hope that everyone is having a happy and safe first week back at school! ...

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