Grantmaker of the Month
TRCF is proud to recognize the grantmakers throughout Western Pennsylvania that provide much-needed grants to small non-profits and grassroots organizations as they work to promote social justice and change. Each month will recognize one of these organizations as Grantmaker of the Month.
Grantmaker of the Month, August 2012
Since 2008, McAuley Ministries, the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS), has awarded grants totaling more than $6.7 million to local organizations that enhance health and wellness initiatives, promote community development, offer educational opportunities, and support capacity building in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, historically served by the Sisters of Mercy, sponsors of McAuley Ministries and PMHS.
McAuley Ministries was established in 2008 to administer the proceeds from the sale of Mercy Hospital. It was named in honor of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831. McAuley Ministries continues the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy by serving as a catalyst for change, committing resources and working collaboratively to promote healthy, safe, and vibrant communities where residents are enabled to reach their full potential.
McAuley Ministries awards grants to non-profit organizations that have limited financial resources and limited access to financial resources. McAuley Ministries gives priority to initiatives that meet immediate basic human needs, such as health, housing, and food. They also support initiatives that result in healthy environments, creating schools and academic programs that help children do well; quality housing where people of all income levels can live; green neighborhoods; community art and culture; and local small businesses where residents can work and shop.
Many challenges exist in under-resourced communities – healthcare and educational disparities, blight, a lack of employment opportunities, distressed families, poverty, and violence. These challenges cannot be ignored. McAuley Ministries believes that the solutions must come from within the community in order to realize positive and sustained change. They therefore seek to engage historically under-represented persons in both developing and executing strategy. They value diversity and inclusiveness and believe that the best solutions are discovered by listening to diverse perspectives, sharing knowledge, and working together. In addition, McAuley Ministries provides resources to organizations that may not have a long track record but which demonstrate creativity and the potential for breakthrough initiatives.
A complete list of grants awarded by McAuley Ministries by year is available online at www.mcauleyministries.org.