COVID-19 Response

In its 75 years of serving West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has worked carefully with its 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 its 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. We have adapted our own giving priorities for the year to support a COVID-19 response that supports the gaps arising in health, …

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. …

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, …

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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, …