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.
ASCEND Pittsburgh is a bouldering-centric climbing gym with over 10,000 sq. feet of Walltopia-built climbing walls surrounded by Flashed flooring, all housed within a 27,000 sq. foot, second floor space in Pittsburgh’s Southside. Beyond bouldering, ASCEND offers roped climbing on a 24-foot-tall wall featuring 20 stations with a mix of auto-belays and top-ropes. Cross-training is also a big part of ASCEND, so be sure to explore climbing-specific training and fitness equipment or drop in on one of our yoga classes. In addition to climbing, fitness, and yoga, visitors can also enjoy use of child watch services, concessions, locker rooms with showers, and numerous spaces to relax, study, or work.
The Sprout Fund enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities. Founded in 2001, Sprout facilitates community-led solutions to regional challenges and supports efforts to create a thriving, progressive, and culturally diverse region. With strong working relationships to many community organizations and regional stakeholders, The Sprout Fund is one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading agencies on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding. Learn more and get involved at sproutfund.org.
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!