Projects supported have ranged from childcare for low-income families (Jubilee Soup Kitchen) to construction of an end-of-life-care residence (Anderson Manor of Family Hospice and Palliative Care). The Foundation has made substantial commitments in job and life-skills training for persons with disabilities, mentoring and other youth-development programming, summer activities for children, and senior care.
A model of excellence in care for medically fragile children is Child's Way, a program of the Children's Home of Pittsburgh. Child's Way is the first prescribed-pediatric-daycare program in Pennsylvania. The program serves children from birth to eight years of age with complex medical needs that require nursing care (but not hospitalization) and whose parent or parents are unable to stay at home. The Foundation has awarded grants for provision of charitable care and acquisition of equipment.
Representative of the Foundation's efforts to assist persons with disabilities are grants to the Woodlands Foundation for facilities and programming. The Woodlands is a 32-acre site for recreational and therapeutic camping, transitional programs, and weekend retreats for children, teens, and young adults with physical disabilities. Other recipients of Foundation support for persons with disabilities are the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Westmoreland County Blind Association, Pittsburgh Vision Services, and Timothy Place (a one-of-a-kind housing project for persons with disabilities and their aging caregivers).
Required is a copy of the organization's current determination letter regarding tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. If the organization does not qualify as a statutory public charity under Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(i-v), a copy of the public-support-test calculation from the most recent tax return, Form 990, is required as well. The Foundation may request additional information, such as a cash-flow budget.
Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1,000,000
The DSF Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees acts on grant requests at least three times per year. Inquiries may be submitted at any time.
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
J. Nicholas Beldecos
5840 Ellsworth Avenue, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15232