Fact Sheet

Background

Since its inception in 1995, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County has grown to include nearly 200 funds valued at $21 million. CFWC has also granted more than $14 million to local non-profit organizations.

In 2015, the merger between the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC) and The Pittsburgh Foundation was permanently ratified, signaling a new era of collaboration and growth for both organizations. The merger provides donors and grantees of both Foundations with significant advantages, including lower fees. Lower fees allow a higher percentage of The CFWC’s dollars to go directly to strategic grantmaking.

The merger also puts donors at the center of our initiatives and provides direct access to our subject-matter experts in grantmaking, fundraising and financial management. Their knowledge and experience help donors make the greatest impact with their philanthropy. As a result of this partnership, our entire region is better positioned to engage in the most effective, high-impact grantmaking possible.

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States. Since it was formed, The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded more than $600 million in grants to charitable organizations in Pittsburgh, and throughout the U.S.

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s first fund was created in 1945 by Chester and Vivian Lehman. Chester Lehman was a member of the founding family of the Blaw-Knox Company, and a supporter of the Boy Scouts movement.

Assets and Funds

CFWC’s resources are comprised of endowment funds established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Endowment funds held by CFWC are created by people with a passion for philanthropy, Westmoreland County and a deep commitment to their communities.

Each fund exists in perpetuity – growing each year – in order to provide an ever increasing resource to benefit our community.

The combined assets of CFWC and The Pittsburgh Foundation stood at $1 billion on April 1, 2014. 

Grantmaking

CFWC awards grants in excess of  $1.1 MM each year, addressing many critical issues in our community. Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Westmoreland County, across the United States, and internationally.

CFWC works to positively impact our area by supporting local nonprofits that engage and encourage the community to actively increase the quality of life and build a better Westmoreland County. Over $14 MM has been granted since 1995. CFWC matches the needs of our non-profit partners with community resources to invest in local programs that help make a difference in our community.

Grantmaking occurs through CFWC’s donor-advised, designated, unrestricted, and fields of interest funds.

These are explained as follows:

  • Donor Advised Funds allow donors to specify individual or multiple organizations to receive grants.
  • Fields of Interest Funds enable donors to make grants to specific charitable areas, such as education, children or the environment.
  • Designated Funds permit specific nonprofit organizations to be selected by donors to receive all grants from a fund.
  • Unrestricted Funds are as described – donors place no restriction on where grants are awarded to meet community needs.

Our Community Foundation

As a community foundation, CFWC is a tax-exempt public charity serving people who share a common goal – to improve the quality of life for all citizens. CFWC makes it possible for a wide range of donors to create permanent, named endowment funds to provide lasting support for charitable organizations.

Unlike a private foundation, which is established by an individual family, community foundations invest and manage a pool of permanent endowment funds established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Each fund exists in perpetuity to provide an ever increasing endowment for grantmaking.

Our Mission

The mission of CFWC is to encourage local residents to become philanthropists, provide grants that support a wide variety of charitable organizations and serve as a community leader. 

For further information, please contact:

Phil Koch, Executive Director
Tel: 724/836-4400
Email: pkoch@cfwestmoreland.org