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Grant Oliphant

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Grant Oliphant

President and CEO
The Pittsburgh Foundation

Grant Oliphant is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the United States. He moved to the region’s community foundation in March 2008 from The Heinz Endowments, one of the nation’s leading private family foundations.

Grant, who is the Foundation’s fourth head in its 66-year history, has led a major transformation in the organization’s engagement of key constituents, its efficient stewardship of its assets and the development of ground-breaking initiatives to enhance services for donors and maximize grantmaking impact in the regional community.

This has included the launch of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program for the students of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the development of PittsburghGives, an on-line giving and research portal that has raised $13.5 million in two years for local nonprofits with special Day of Giving events.

Grant frequently leads community conversations around critical issues and he has taken a prominent role in building advocacy programs to support the work of local nonprofits and the families and individuals they serve. He serves extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations.

Former Press Secretary to U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s untimely death in 1991, Grant received a Masters of Science Degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College.