Each year, The Pittsburgh Foundation hosts its annual Day of Giving via their initiative PittsburghGives. Their goals include increasing the level of knowledge about regional nonprofits, leveraging or increasing individual funding and spotlighting charitable trends in our region. This year’s Day of Giving is Wednesday, October 3 from 12AM to 11:59:59PM. Donations will only be accepted during the 24 hours of October 3, 2012. The link to access the Day of Giving Donate now page will appear on this page at midnight on October 3. All donations during that 24-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool. The minimum gift per organization is $25. The maximum gift that an individual can give per organization that will be matched is $10,000. And remember, donations are 100% tax-deductible!
We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of our favorite area nonprofits and encourage you to take a look at the full list and contribute to your favorite local nonprofit.
MCG Jazz has a simple mission – to preserve, present and promote jazz and believe “through direct involvement in the making of art and through personal exposure to the masters who teach and perform it, our lives will be enriched, even transformed”. MCG Jazz has been bringing artists to its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh since 1987 and recently celebrated their twenty-fifth season.
Attack Theatre has been making personal, accessible and collaborative dance-based performances for 17 years. Their high-energy productions “combine modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present work in traditional and nontraditional spaces both nationally and internationally”. Home to some of the most memorable events Pittsburgh has to offer, such as their annual fundraiser, The Dirty Ball, Attack Theatre has left quite the imprint on Pittsburgh’s cultural scene.
The Sprout Fund “supports innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh. Through its programs and activities, Sprout enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities.” They were formed in 2001 and are responsible for providing grants (Sprout Seed Awards) to many organizations such as the VIA Music + New Media Festival that’s taking place this week, as well as East Liberty’s Conflict Kitchen.
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater on Penn Avenue in East Liberty has been hosting events and performances since its opening in 1919 under the name Regent Theatre. Its name was changed in 2000 in honor of Pittsburgh greats Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn. Today, the theater is “in use more than three-quarters of the possible performance and rehearsals days as young performers, dancers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, community organizations, and audiences participate in the ongoing renaissance of East Liberty’s performing arts center”.
We want to know, who are YOU giving to this year?