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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: The Forbes Funds helps you serve the community by encouraging your nonprofits to work effectively, smartly, and collectively - in a word, better.

Results: Built the capacity of area nonprofits through our Management Assistance Grants, Executive Education program, Conversations program, and Applied Research. Highlighted high performing nonprofits through our Wishart Award and honored exemplary leadership with our Shapira Medal

Direct beneficiaries per year: Area nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Southwestern PA

Programs: Charities exist for a social purpose and to be drivers of a social change. The GPNP exists to improve the viability, impact, and effectiveness of the sector. We do this through: Educating the public about the nonprofit sector and generating support for the sector; Acting as an informed, organizaed voice for the sector; Providing a forum for discussing and developing solutions to community porblems; and Creating a face for the sector that is not easily forgotten to the community.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

We've worked with The Forbes Funds since 2004. Throughout the years, our relatively small nonprofit has benefited from its reports, conferences, initiatives and -- most notably -- its remarkable staff. The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP), a Forbes Funds creation, has brought our community together in a way that encourages learning and engagement. Specialized programs have been top-notch and worth the investment of our time, including, for us, the most recent Love Your Space Cohort during which Forbes Funds and the Green Building Alliance convened talented subject matter experts to support people planning renovations or relocations such as our organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Forbes Funds has had dramatic, lasting impact on our region's nonprofit sector. Research papers published by The Forbes Funds helped educate and inspire me to pursue best practices during our earliest years as a 501(c)(3) and its founding of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership not only brought our organization lasting value and insight, but allowed people to connect, learn, serve and work together in ways that were previously unlikely if not impossible. As a fledgling non-profit, a Technical Assistance Grant in 2007 helped us develop our first strategic plan and become a well-respected mid-sized organization that serves with focus and clarity. We continue to benefit from consultative services and roundtables, including the current Love Your Space cohort. In short, We are a better nonprofit because of The Forbes Funds and its staff, and all of Pittsburgh benefits from its work.