Jefferson Regional Foundation has provided over $17 million in grant awards to 120 different community organizations in the area since it was funded in March 2013 as part of the affiliation agreement for Jefferson Hospital to become part of the Allegheny Health Network. The Foundation is dedicated to grantmaking in the South Hills and Mon Valley areas of Pittsburgh to address the social determinants of health. It operates three major grant cycles a year and also distributes minigrants, all of which focus on the following priorities:
• Health and Wellness
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Workforce and Economic Opportunity
• Civic Engagement and Policy Work
• Early Childhood and Youth Development
• Capacity Building
The Foundation embraces its role in convening, learning and sharing information through its annual community learning event called the Jefferson Forum. The Foundation staffs the Jefferson Community Collaborative, a dynamic and active network of over 100 organizations which hosts larger quarterly meetings and action teams which emerged from the energy and enthusiasm of our first Forum in 2015. This group of change agents is focused on serving as an incubator for powerful ideas and promising
practices, improving the capacity of community serving organizations, and facilitating group action on community aspirations.
Jefferson Regional Foundation partners with the Collaborative on various community initiatives, which have included Mental Health First Aid Training of 1000 local residents and staff, the Jefferson Counts Census 2020 outreach campaign which engaged dozens of trusted local organizations, and Around the Table South, a community-wide series of conversations over a meal which took place during one week in October 2018 with 1000 participants and will be launched again in the coming months.
The Foundation is also dedicated to sharing local data and resources and is now developing a series of community reports and tools called Surprise in the Suburbs. The Foundation has published Community Snapshots and hosts the Jefferson Directory, a resource guide to promote referrals and connections among organizations serving local residents.