We catalyze civic action through responsive philanthropy, participatory events, and effective networks.
We design-build custom solutions for innovative grantmakers, nonprofit partners, and collaborative networks.
We invest in people, projects, and ideas—making our hometown of Pittsburgh a better place to live, learn, and thrive.
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We produce toolkits, guides, and resources and openly share the best practices we’ve cultivated over the last 16 years.
Announcing the 2018 Seed Award for Economic Opportunity
Through the generous support of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Sprout Fund is seeking proposals to mobilize collaborative, community-led projects that enhance opportunities for residents of all backgrounds to contribute to the economic vitality of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
3 working groups will receive $5,000 grants to develop collaborative solutions to creating more diversified economic opportunity in the region; 1 will be supported with up to $40,000 in catalytic resources to implement their project. Working group applications are due January 26, 2018.Learn More Submit Inquiry
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 USResponsive Philanthropy
Local solutions to pressing national issues in the wake of the 2016 presidential election
Remake LearningEffective Network
Innovators and educators working across sectors to improve teaching and learning
One NorthsideResponsive Philanthropy
Investing in emerging community leaders to advance a common neighborhood vision
My Brother’s KeeperEffective Network
Enhancing organizational capacity to build digital literacy skills for young men of color
Creating community art in support of immigrants and refugees
Rec2Tech WeekParticipatory Event
Transforming municipal rec centers into STEAM learning labs to close the digital divide
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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We are directed by a board of community leaders who champion civic action in our hometown of Pittsburgh.
Mark Broadhurst, ChairEat’n Park Hospitality Group
Dan Byers, SecretaryCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University
Megan CicconiFox Chapel Area School District
Meredith GrelliWigle Whiskey
Mike Haggerty, TreasurerThe Hillman Company
Alexis HowardPittsburgh Public Schools
Cathy Lewis Long, PresidentThe Sprout Fund
Henry J. Simonds, Emeritus
Thank you to our recent supporters, partners, and collaborators!
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