Grantmaker of the Month – November 2011

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.

Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation

Grantmaker of the Month – November 2011

Consider the following: what impact does the emotional stability of youth have on the world?  If you take the maxim that children are the future to heart, then you might consider this a serious area of inquiry.  Among the many child advocacy, research, and funding groups in Allegheny County is the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation (PCGF).   Founded in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit having the goal “to improve the emotional health of children 12 and under in Allegheny County,” PCGF has since 2003 been devoted to grantmaking and systems change to improve the lives of children whose parents are arrested and incarcerated.   PCGF uses many methods to achieve this goal:   research, publication of printed reports and film,  mobilization of others in the community,  and funding pilots of programs to create long-term support for the children and families of people in the Allegheny County Jail.

Currently the foundation seeks to partner with organizations bettering the lives of children and families of prisoners – providing grants and other kinds of assistance.  Grants have been awarded recently to the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, Amachi-Pittsburgh, and the Children’s Museum, among others meeting the children’s needs.

One result of the foundation’s children of prisoners initiative is the creation of the Family Activity Center located in the Allegheny County Jail just to the right of the lobby entrance.  In this mini children’s museum, volunteers have devoted more than 2000 hours to providing activities and snacks that may make all the difference that day for a child visiting a loved one at the Jail.  Between its opening in May 2007 and October 2011, the Center welcomed more than 14,000 visits by children and their adult caregivers.

For more information, visit PCGF’s website at:

Past Grantmakers of the Month