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The Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation works to improve the emotional health of children in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania by joining with public and private organizations of many kinds and sizes, including grassroots and faith-based groups.

The Foundation’s activities are divided between direct action to raise awareness and grants to external organizations.

In 2003 the Foundation launched a six-year initiative, “Advocating for Children Whose Parents are Incarcerated.” Since then the Foundation has devoted its resources to understanding and communicating the losses children experience when their parents are arrested and incarcerated. In May 2008, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved extending the initiative through 2012.

Established in 1982, the Foundation is the successor to the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center (PCGC), which conducted research, training, and direct psychiatric services for children for more than a half century. The Foundation has carried on this rich tradition by concentrating on the promotion of children’s mental health through both grantmaking and advocacy for over 30 years. See our history to the right.

The Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation is a grantmaking and advocacy organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is a member of Grantmakers of Western PA and its affiliate group, Funders in Criminal Justice, Council on Foundations and Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families.
Over 30 Years Advocating for Children

The history of the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation is the story of a small, hard working, thoughtful grantmaker creatively exploring the best ways to use its assets for the most beneficial impact on the lives of children. As it has reshaped itself as a grantmaker over the years, it has remained true to its beginnings – still seeking knowledge, educating, advocating and supporting children’s mental health.


1982

From Clinic to Foundation

1989

Foundation Takes Shape

1996

Focus on Prevention

1998

First Area of Emphasis

2003 - 2012

Second Initiative