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Benedum Foundation announces President’s retirement

PITTSBURGH (December 19, 2017) – The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has announced that William P. Getty will step down as President effective June 30, 2018, or as soon thereafter as the next President is installed. Mr. Getty will continue to work for the Foundation after July 1 in the role of Regional Facilitator. Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia, will lead the search for a new President. Mr. Getty has been the President since January 1, 1999, and has been a Trustee of the Foundation since July 1, 1994. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Getty had practiced law since 1970 with the Pittsburgh firm of Meyer, …

Appalachia Partnership Initiative: April 2017 progress report

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Benedum Foundation names new Trustee

PITTSBURGH (March 17, 2016) – The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation announced that Esther L. Barazzone has stepped down as a Trustee of the Foundation and has been elected Trustee Emerita.  Jane Werner, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, has been elected to replace Dr. Barazzone, effective March 9, 2016.
Ms. Werner has been with the Children’s Museum since 1991, and has served as Executive Director since May 1999.  The Children’s Museum serves 300,000 visitors annually at its site on the North Side, and reaches another 50,000 through outreach.  These figures represent a 277% growth during her tenure, which has also seen a growth in endowment from $300,000 to $8.3 million. …

Benedum Foundation announces Chief Financial Officer

PITTSBURGH (February 17, 2016) – Lawrence T. Mangan has been named Chief Financial Officer of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  He will join the Foundation on March 1, 2016, and will oversee the Foundation’s financial operations, and support its endowment investment activities.
Prior to accepting the position with the Benedum Foundation, Mr. Mangan was the Head of Member Services of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF).  TIFF is a $10 billion nonprofit investment management firm, with over 800 clients.  His prior experience includes:  President of the LTM Consulting Group, LLC, an independent financial management consulting firm; Chief Financial Officer of The Rockefeller Foundation, …

Report on West Virginia Oral Health

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Benedum Foundation names new Trustee

PITTSBURGH (September 22, 2015) – The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation announced that G. Nicholas Beckwith III has stepped down as an active Trustee of the Foundation and has been elected an Emeritus Trustee.  Illah R. Nourbakhsh of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute has been elected to replace Mr. Beckwith, effective immediately.
After receiving his Bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, and working at NASA, Dr. Nourbakhsh joined Carnegie Mellon University and now serves in various capacities, including Professor of Robotics and Head of the Robotics Masters Program.
Dr. Nourbakhsh’s research interests include community-based robotics and human-computer interaction.  …

Over 400 registered for Try This WV Conference

June 3, 2015
By Dave Lavender
HUNTINGTON – Scroll over the Try This West Virginia website and good ideas pop out at you, as does the information to make these things happen where you live, on your block in your neck of the Mountain State woods.
Want to start a community garden or advocate for everyday recess or encourage breastfeeding, put up bike racks, start a running group or create active summer programs?
Everything you ever wanted to know about doing those 85 different projects is found on the web site in what director Kate Long calls “a feast of affordable, …

River Town issues its 2014 Report

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New River CTC to host BIG Idea Competition in Princeton, WV

The State Journal
May 20, 2015
PRINCETON, WV – In an effort to help solve a problem of empty storefronts in Princeton, WV, New River Community and Technical College will join the Princeton Renaissance Project, with funding from the Benedum Foundation, to host a BIG Idea Competition at 5:30 p.m. May 28.
“This is not your average entrepreneur competition — this is targeted to a specific downtown business district and local small businesses are working together to help ensure the success of the winning contestant,” said Jill Holliday, New River CTC regional director of operations for Mercer and Raleigh Counties. …

BDC helping communities in Brooke and Hancock counties eradicate blight

The State Journal
May 7, 2015
The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle is helping rid communities in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle counties of Brooke and Hancock of their blighted housing.
The BDC is currently working with the City of Weirton and Weirton Christian Center to demolish one abandoned downtown structure and is teaming with the city to address two others.
“(It’s) our third abandoned house we have addressed in the panhandle,” BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said. “It really is a good opportunity to work with our partners in Weirton to spark some revitalization. It’s not going to be a silver bullet. …