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Coming up soon! Race + Disability: The Student Experience of School Policing webinar on December 1

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When police are present in schools, what are the consequences for students of color and students with disabilities? This webinar will focus on the experience of students who are disproportionately impacted by school policing and the external efforts to elevate their experiences. Presenters: Dr. Claire Cohen, who has practiced child … Read More >

FISA Foundation awards new grants that promote equity and justice for women, girls, and people with disabilities

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FISA Foundation is proud to announce new grants of nearly $475,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations to advance equity and justice for women, girls, and people with disabilities. Under its new strategic plan, adopted in July 2021, FISA Foundation committed to addressing structural racism in its work and is particularly pleased … Read More >

New offerings: RACE + DISABILITY

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FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation are excited to announce new programming in the RACE + DISABILITY webinar series! In the coming weeks we will offer: Opportunities for peer sharing about your efforts to address diversity, equity and inclusion in your work. An introductory session: Race, Disability, … Read More >

New Webinar Series Addressing Abuse of People with Disabilities

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FISA is pleased to continue its partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, a national organization with expertise in addressing the disproportionate rates of abuse and violence against people with disabilities. Vera has curated a three-part webinar series and will facilitate a discussion with experts in disability and racial justice, … Read More >

FISA Foundation awards nearly $500,000 to advance equity for people with disabilities

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In response to an open call for letters of inquiry for projects and services to advance the rights and address the needs of people with disabilities, the Foundation awarded $469,700 to 18 organizations to address a range of critical issues affecting people with disabilities. “In this most challenging of years, we are so grateful to our grantee-partners who doubled down with determination and imagination to address longstanding injustices made even more serious by the pandemic,” said Kristy Trautmann, FISA’s executive director. Read More >

8th annual Father’s Day Pledge and debut of new video series

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"Dear Men" is a powerful series of videos to shed light on the importance of men taking action to address a serious issue affecting as many as one in three women. In the series – one six-minute and four two-minute videos - eleven local men read letters from survivors, recounting abuse they experienced and an action a man took that made a difference to her at the time, whether he knew it or not. The men are visibly moved by the letters, based on actual stories. View the video series here: https://southwestpasaysnomore.org/initiative/fathersdaypledgepa/ Read More >

RACE + DISABILITY Webinar Series – Recordings are posted!

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FISA partnered with The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation to promote a series of webinars exploring the intersection of race and disability. You can find out more about the series here. If you missed them, you can still view the recordings from: Fostering Cultural Humility in Disability Services Inside-out … Read More >

SUBMITTING LETTERS OF INQUIRY FOR DISABILITY-RELATED FUNDING

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FISA Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for programs and services that advance the rights and address the needs of people with disabilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania FISA Foundation recently closed its summer call for Letters of Inquiry for grants to be awarded in October 2021.  The next opportunity to submit a Letter … Read More >

Want to bring the Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation to your agency?

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For Black History Month in February, FISA hosted a series of Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulations for our grantees and partners.  This program was very well received.  It’s an excellent way to learn about the ways income inequality has developed over time because of federal policy. Many organizations were eager … Read More >