Hazelwood Green, Transforming a Brownfield

This Hazelwood Green video outlines stunning transformation of former steel mill site into community-guided development
Hazelwood Green is a former steel mill site on 178 acres of Hazelwood’s riverfront along the Monongahela River. The property was purchased out of bankruptcy for $10 million by local foundations in 1999. This foresight ensured that the site could be land banked for a thoughtful redevelopment vision that could benefit the neighborhood, city, and region as a whole. Today the three foundation owners, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and Richard King Mellon Foundation, remain committed to the redevelopment of Hazelwood Green. …

Grantee Tributes to Jim Denova

20 Years of Strengthening Our Communities

Click on the images below to view grantee videos celebrating Jim Denova’s impact on our communities.

Education Alliance Business & Community for Public Schools

National and International Awards for Simulated Workplace

New Senior Program Officer Announced

May 14, 2021
Contact:     Jennifer A. Giovannitti, President
Benedum Foundation Announces New Program Staff
PITTSBURGH (May 14, 2021) – Melanie Claxton has been named Senior Program Officer of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. She will join the Foundation on June 3, 2021 and will oversee the Foundation’s grants programs in education.
Ms. Claxton comes to Benedum with expertise in learning initiatives aimed at out-of-school time.
As the Coordinator, Out-of- School Time, for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Ms. Claxton implemented flexible policies that adapted to the needs of those served, specifically in informal learning environments. …

Preserving Democracy, Jen Giovannitti Guest Speaker (Video)

Why is bridging the rural-urban divide so important?
Thursday, April 15, 2021
If you did not have the opportunity to enjoy the April 15 live-stream event and/or would like to share this interview, please view and share using the video found here.
One of our polarized country’s most pronounced challenges is the growing divide between rural and urban America. It is a gap that includes significant variations in economic opportunities and what can be debilitating disparities in critical modern infrastructure, such as access to high-speed internet. It is a gap that also includes sometimes stark social and political differences. …

Benedum Referenced in Federal Reserve Bank Report

Bringing Broadband to Rural America
Alexander Marré, Author
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Community Scope, December 2020
High-speed broadband internet service has transitioned from a luxury good to an increasingly necessary utility.1 Rural regions are particularly susceptible to poor broadband infrastructure coverage, however, because they pose a costly business case for providers. The economic case for rural broadband infrastructure, though, is compelling despite its cost: Broadband access and adoption in rural areas is linked to increased job and population growth, higher rates of new business formation and home values, and lower unemployment rates. Unlike with many other types of infrastructure, …

Jim Denova Retiring from Benedum June 2021

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation announces the retirement of esteemed Program Director and Vice President, Jim Denova, effective June 30, 2021.
“Jim Denova has been essential to Benedum’s work over the last twenty years. Everyone knows Jim!” said President Jen Giovannitti. Dr. Denova joined the Foundation on January 1, 2000 as Senior Program Officer for Southwestern Pennsylvania. In his twenty years with the Foundation, he has worked with grantees throughout West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania to support and advance strategies in education, workforce, and economic development. In 2007 he became Vice President and assumed responsibility for regional planning, staff support to the President, …

Michael Benedum Remains A Pioneer

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation was delighted to learn that Christa A. Dotson, of Northeast Natural Energy in Morgantown, nominated Michael Benedum, posthumously, for the American Association of Professional Landmen (“AAPL”) Pioneer Award.
The AAPL is a nationwide professional organization for landmen working in the oil and gas industry. As a member of the AAPL and the local chapter, Michael Late Benedum Chapter, Christa took the initiative to nominate Michael Benedum for the AAPL’s Pioneer Award.
Christa alerted us that on June 18, 2020 at the 2020 AAPL Annual Meeting, Michael Benedum was posthumously selected as the winner of this year’s Pioneer Award. …

COVID-19 Overview

Approaching $6.5 Million in Response Grants
In our 75 years of serving West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has worked carefully with our grantees during times of war recovery, economic volatility and community crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is raising new concerns that will undoubtedly affect many of our grantees who will need to navigate the future in a new way.
The Benedum Foundation has been reaching out to our vast network to see how we can best help. Many of the fundamental organizations that work statewide as core intermediaries are stepping up to meet this crisis head on. …

Rural Health Leader Larry Rhodes, M.D. Joins the Board of the Benedum Foundation

PITTSBURGH (September 17, 2019) – Larry A. Rhodes, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and one of the nation’s leading advocates for rural children’s health, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. He will join the board on January 1, 2020. He replaces Robert B. Walker, M.D., who has stepped down after 11 years of service on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. As Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Walker will continue his commitment to the region and the Foundation.
Dr. Rhodes has served as a Professor of Pediatrics in the West Virginia University School of Medicine since 2005 and is the founding director of the University’s Institute for Community and Rural Health. …

Benedum Foundation Names Jennifer Giovannitti as President

PITTSBURGH (August 13, 2018) – A community development manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and nationally known policy expert on rural development strategies has been named the first woman president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Jennifer Giovannitti, a Pennsylvania native who has worked extensively in West Virginia, will succeed William P. “Pat” Getty in mid-October.
Ms. Giovannitti, 48, currently leads strategic programs and community-based initiatives, most notably in community investment, human capital, and access to credit and capital, for the Fed’s Fifth District, which includes Virginia and West Virginia. She emphasizes the role of data-driven decision-making in regional projects. …