Grant Oliphant

April 28, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at ASCEND

part of a series on Beyond


About the speaker

Grant Oliphant is President of The Heinz Endowments. He rejoined the foundation in June 2014, after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. Prior to this, Mr. Oliphant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations for two decades, including Vice President for Programs and Planning at the Endowments. He also served as press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s death in 1991.

Since returning to the Endowments, Mr. Oliphant has led an extensive review of the organization’s grantmaking strategies, resulting in the realignment of program areas under the key principles of Sustainability, Learning and Creativity. A core theme of the Endowments’ funding focuses on issues of a “Just Pittsburgh,” addressing disparities in racial and economic equity and diversity in the regional community.

As The Pittsburgh Foundation’s fourth president, Mr. Oliphant led a major transformation in its engagement of key constituents while guiding development of ground-breaking initiatives to enhance services for donors and maximize grantmaking impact in the regional community. These included The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program for city public school students, and PittsburghGives, an online giving and research portal that raised over $20 million in three years for local nonprofits through special Day of Giving events. Both programs became national models.

Mr. Oliphant serves extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy where he is board chair. He earned a master’s in organizational development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College.

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Additional details

EVERYONE MUST SIGN A WAIVER. Our venue this month is the brand spanking new climbing gym, ASCEND. All CreativeMornings attendees will be required to fill a waiver. We highly suggest filling out the waiver online prior to the event: https://tinyurl.com/mwqopgu

STAY AND CLIMB! Don’t rush off. ASCEND has extended a special opportunity to the CreativeMornings/Pgh community. All event attendees can stay after the event and climb for half price, just $8!