We catalyze civic action through responsive philanthropy, participatory events, and effective networks.

Our Approach

Solve Problems

We design-build custom solutions for innovative grantmakers, nonprofit partners, and collaborative networks.

Seed Change

We invest in people, projects, and ideas—making our hometown of Pittsburgh a better place to live, learn, and thrive.

Share Knowledge

in development

We produce toolkits, guides, and resources and openly share the best practices we’ve cultivated over the last 16 years.

Our Work

We help projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results for the community.


100 Days of US 

Responsive Philanthropy

Local solutions to pressing national issues in the wake of the 2016 presidential election


Grant­making $134,000
Online Votes 40,000+

Remake Learning 

Effective Network

Innovators and educators working across sectors to improve teaching and learning


Member Orgs. 300+
Start Your Own Playbook

One Northside 

Responsive Philanthropy

Investing in emerging community leaders to advance a common neighborhood vision


Typical Grant $1,000
Funded Projects 182

My Brother’s Keeper

Effective Network

Enhancing organizational capacity to build digital literacy skills for young men of color

Pittsburgh-Allegheny County MBK

Grant­making $100,000
On Behalf of Local Governments


Responsive Philanthropy

Creating community art in support of immigrants and refugees


Local Partners 14
Winning Artist Bob Ziller

Rec2Tech Week 

Participatory Event

Transforming municipal rec centers into STEAM learning labs to close the digital divide


Youth Served 600
Rec Centers 5

Seed Award & Grand Ideas 

Responsive Philanthropy

Flagship programs fueling the creativity and ingenuity of Pittsburgh’s change makers

Grants To-Date 383
Avg. Grant $5,200

Our Story

Communities are better places to live, learn, and thrive because of the people and ideas supported by The Sprout Fund.

We help projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community. Since 2001, we’ve worked with regional and national philanthropic partners to build strong networks and make nearly $7 million of community-decided investments in more than 1,000 early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

Led by our co-founders, powered by a dedicated staff, and governed by an engaged board of young community leaders, Sprout is a national leader in responsive philanthropy, participatory events, and effective networks.

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Make It Happen

Become a friend of Sprout with a gift to our annual campaign. Give today to support change tomorrow!

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Our Team


Cathy Lewis Long
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Matt Hannigan
Co-Founder & Deputy Director
Diana Avart
Program Associate
Tricia Monticello Kievlan
Program Associate
Dustin Stiver
Senior Program Officer
Image and dozens of talented writers, photographers, filmmakers, facilitators, contractors, and advisors


We are directed by a board of community leaders who champion civic action in our hometown of Pittsburgh.

Mark Broadhurst, Chair
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Dan Byers, Secretary
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University
Megan Cicconi
Fox Chapel Area School District
Meredith Grelli
Wigle Whiskey
Mike Haggerty, Treasurer
The Hillman Company
Alexis Howard
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Cathy Lewis Long, President
The Sprout Fund
Henry J. Simonds, Emeritus

Our Friends

Thank you to our recent supporters, partners, and collaborators!

  • Allegheny County
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • The Buhl Foundation
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • CreativeMornings
  • Digital Promise
  • Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership
  • The Grable Foundation
  • Grassroots Grantmakers
  • Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Hillman Family Foundations
  • LRNG
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • My Brother's Keeper Pittsburgh-Allegheny County
  • Mozilla
  • One Northside
  • Obama Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Remake Learning

Contact Us

6101 Penn Avenue, Suite 102
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

 6101 Penn Ave Ste 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
 +1 (412) 325-0646

You can reach any Sprout team member via the email formula: «firstname»@sproutfund.org

Our storefront office is open to the public each weekday from 9am–5:30pm.