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FISA Foundation invests in Black women leading change, help for victims of domestic violence, and essential services to people with disabilities during COVID-19

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Building upon its decades’ long commitment to social justice for women, girls and people with disabilities, FISA Foundation’s Board of Directors approved more than $250,000 in grants since April to advance gender-specific racial justice advocacy initiatives and for COVID-19 relief efforts focused on vulnerable groups including people with disabilities and … Read More >

FISA supports Black Girls Equity Alliance demand: Make Black Lives Matter in Schools

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Gwen’s Girls, a grantee and partner of FISA Foundation, offers holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences for Black girls and young women. For the last five years, CEO Kathi Elliott has convened and organized the Black Girls Equity Alliance, a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to addressing the systemic … Read More >

FISA Foundation statement of solidarity with anti-racism protests

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In recent weeks, we’ve collectively witnessed the senseless killings of George Floyd (over a disputed $20 bill) and Ahmaud Arbery (jogging in broad daylight) and learned about the murder of Breonna Taylor (in her own apartment).  Since the first viral video of police in Los Angeles beating Rodney King in … Read More >

With surge in domestic violence during pandemic, SWPA Says No More calls on community to seek help for victims

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“Stress does not cause domestic violence. But when someone is already controlling their partner, added stress – like losing a job or worrying about bills – can escalate emotional or verbal abuse into physical and sexual violence,” says Kristy Trautmann, executive director of FISA Foundation. If you’re worried that someone is unsafe, you can call a local hotline for help and advice about what you can do safely to help. It’s important to consult with experts to develop a plan that won’t make the situation worse. Free, confidential support is available 24/7. For a full listing of agencies serving the 10-county area, visit:  https://southwestpasaysnomore.org/help/. Read More >

FISA Foundation’s message to our grantees about COVID-19

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These are unprecedented, difficult times. The news about the Coronavirus progression continues to evolve, and there is much that we still don’t know. We recognize that your organization’s important work is dramatically affected, and that you are deeply concerned about your mission, your staff and volunteers, and the clients and … Read More >

Deadline extended to April 15 – The Heinz Endowments: Expanding Disability Inclusion and Access Request for Proposals

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As part of Disability Inclusion and Access: Moving Forward, The Heinz Endowments is inviting proposals that will help organizations become more fully inclusive of individuals with disabilities.  Proposals up to $20,000 will be considered. Areas of special interest to the Endowments include: Organizational assessment to identify barriers to inclusion of people … Read More >

New research on the effectiveness of Coaching Boys Into Men to prevent dating abuse

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Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based sexual violence/dating violence program that supports athletic coaches to talk to male athletes about healthy relationships.  Dr. Elizabeth Miller and her team of researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh announced the results of a study to test the effectiveness of Coaching Boys … Read More >

FISA’s Blog

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by Kristy Trautmann Serving as Executive Director of FISA Foundation is truly the best job in the world. Every week, I get to meet with smart people who have good ideas for improving the world; my job is to help them if I can. Some of those interesting conversations become … Read More >

New resource library to promote basic accessibility

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Are your organization’s public meetings and events always hosted at accessible locations?  And do you ask at registration whether participants need accommodations like ASL interpreters? Is your organization’s website and social media accessible to people who are blind? Do you always caption your organization’s videos? When you release reports or … Read More >

Philanthropy should do better at including people with disabilities

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Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation and outspoken proponent of the inclusion of people with disabilities came to Pittsburgh in November as a guest of FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Walker became widely known by his blog, Ignorance is the enemy within: On the power of our privilege, and … Read More >