Program Areas

We make grants in four program areas:

The Foundation's interest in preventing death and serious injury in the workplace stems from the family's company, Industrial Scientific Corporation, which manufactures life-saving gas-monitoring devices. The McElhattan family is deeply committed to ending death on the job by 2050, and we expect the majority of our grant budget will be dedicated to this effort. We are especially interested in innovative safety technology, including virtual and augmented reality.

Please note that we are interested in funding initiatives that advance workplace safety in general, across entire industries. We do not fund applications from individual nonprofits for employee training or installing safety equipment.

The McElhattan Foundation will support nonprofit initiatives that help underserved populations access high-quality educational opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them and, once enrolled, to complete those programs.
  • We believe education is key to breaking the intergenerational poverty cycle and creating a workforce capable of supporting 21st-century industry.
  • Access to excellent educational opportunities is often limited by factors beyond a student’s control. We’d like to widen that path.
  • We are open to applications from public, private, and charter schools; preschool and child-care programs; educational afterschool and summer programs; trade academies; two- and four-year colleges; life-skills training centers; and adult mid-career retraining programs.
  • We acknowledge that helping students access educational opportunities is not enough—it’s important for students to complete a program in order to reap its full benefits. We will therefore also fund initiatives that, for example, help single mothers find reliable childcare while they are in school.
  • We will support programs in Pittsburgh, Franklin, and Knox, PA.

We are not seeking to fund:

  • Equipment purchases, staff training, or capital campaigns, unless they are tied to a specific program that addresses what we’ve outlined above.
  • Mentorship programs that are not focused on helping students enter and/or complete post-secondary education or training.