The Segal Family Foundation and The Forbes Funds announce a new partnership to increase equity in the local nonprofit sector.

by | January 11, 2022 | News | 1 comment

Pittsburgh, PA: The Segal Family Foundation announces partnership with The Forbes Funds, a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, to empower equity within southwestern Pennsylvania’s nonprofit sector. Together, Segal Family Foundation and The Forbes Funds developed and launched “Emerging Directors of Development,” a learning program that will recruit and train local young professionals, specifically black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) in nonprofit development & fundraising. Graduates will be placed in a full-time development role at a participating local 501c3 organization, which will also receive ongoing support and assistance during and after the program.

Fewer than 1% of executives at Allegheny County based corporations and nonprofit organization are people of color. The co-developed program seeks to increase the representation of black and brown professionals in these executive roles immediately. The program will recruit and enroll ten early-career professionals that are outgoing, entrepreneurial, and hard working in a four-month intensive course. The course will immerse participants in learning the technical and people skills necessary for becoming a high-level development professional. The professionals will be paired with a participating nonprofit organization that is currently hiring for the position. The program is open to local 501c3 organizations challenged with hiring qualified high level development professionals and/or looking to hire a first-time well trained development professional. Organizations will receive ongoing support services as participants are trained and through the first six months of employment. Participating organizations will receive Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership membership, development coaching in the interim stage, and sustained capacity-building resources & opportunities beyond the conclusion of the program.

Individual and organization applications are due on or before January 30, 2022. Program activities begin February 1, 2022 and will end at the conclusion of quarter two for 2022.

For more than three decades, The Forbes Funds has advanced the well-being of western Pennsylvania’s nonprofit sector by helping human services and community development nonprofits build their management, leadership, and adaptive capacities. The Forbes Funds supports the region’s nonprofit organizations, big and small, through local, national, and international partnerships. Since March 2020, The Forbes Funds has expanded key services to nonprofits struggling in the wake of COVID-19. Recently, The Forbes Funds and partners graduated the inaugural class of the Anti-Racism Cohort (ARC). ARC is a year-long learning cohort that builds on the best practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion training and optimizes these core practices into human-centered design exercises that aid in shifting organizational cultures.

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Since The Evan and Tracy Segal Family Foundation was founded in 2006, it has supported meaningful causes centered on human kindness, as well as economic and social justice on a national level. In 2019, the Foundation decided to focus the majority of giving in the Pittsburgh region for greater impact. The Foundation partners with organizations both large and small to focus on enabling innovative programs, sparking new organizational collaboration, and helping to build capacity.

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501(c3) Application
Individual Participant Application
Developmental Needs Survey

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  1. Ali Jaffar

    Fantastic new initiative and partnership for the region. I’m excited to follow this work!

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