Program Areas

The McElhattan Foundation especially welcomes grant applications from organizations based in and around Pittsburgh, or in our hometowns of Knox and Franklin, PA.

Workplace Safety

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.


We believe every student should leave school adequately prepared for a 21st-century career, and we are interested in funding programs working to achieve this. Particular areas of interest include critical thinking, college degree completion, and teaching students to master new technology. We support all levels of education, including adult vocational training and retraining.

Palliative Care

Everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality palliative care. We're interested in, among other things, training more hospice workers, finding solutions to longstanding quality-of-life issues like pressure sores, and efforts to improve awareness of and access to palliative care.

Community Development

The McElhattan family's roots are in Knox and Franklin, PA, and we would like to see those communities thrive. We aim to support locally-led initiatives that improve residents' job opportunities, health, safety, and general quality of life.