Investing in Pitt

  • Opportunities for Underserved Residents

    Thanks for grants from the RK Mellon Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, Pitt is relocating its Manufacturing Assistance Center to Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, where it will provide training opportunities for underserved residents as part of the University’s extensive community outreach initiatives.

  • Promoting Quality Journalism

    Daniel I. Booker (A&S '68), who served as managing editor of The Pitt News as an undergraduate and is now a partner at the law firm of Reed Smith, made a gift of $250,000 to establish and endow the Booker Family Fund, which provides Department of English students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences with professional journalism exposure and experience.

  • Private Contributions, World-Class Results

    Private contributions to Pitt’s world-class research programs and high-achieving faculty and students eclipsed $128 million in FY16.

  • Donated Archives

    The papers of Henry Clay Frick were gifted to Pitt by the Helen Clay Frick Foundation. Valued at more than $5 million, the collection contains materials on the business and financial activities of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), ranging from his initial forays into business to his negotiations on the mega merger that formed U.S. Steel Corporation in 1901.

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, the Pitt Alumni Association announced that its dues-paying membership program was ending. By discontinuing the fee-based structure, the PAA is now better positioned to broaden its focus in serving Pitt’s rapidly growing, worldwide alumni base.

Private contributions directed to Pitt’s world-class research programs and high-achieving faculty and students eclipsed $128 million in FY16. Thanks to the generous investment from more than 39,000 alumni, friends, and grateful patients from our academic medical center partner UPMC, numerous opportunities were further enhanced or created. These and many other donor-funded initiatives will continue to advance and enrich the University’s research efforts, while preparing Pitt students to lead lives of impact.

Thanks to the generosity of the Class of 2016, Pitt created a new endowed student resource fund with the added benefit that senior-class volunteers and donors helped demonstrate to their classmates and all undergraduates the value of paying it forward. 

Trustee and former Board Chair Steve Tritch (ENGR ’71, BUS ’77G), pictured at left, and his wife, Tami Tritch (A&S ’81), were among the generous donors inducted into the University’s prestigious Cathedral of Learning Society, which recognizes individuals who have made lifetime gifts of $1 million or more to Pitt.

The Student Health Care Entrepreneurship Competition, made possible by Michael G. Wells (EDUC ’90, ’92G), awards cash prizes to Pitt students who are developing and showcasing innovative technologies that fill unmet needs in health care.

Scott Long (A&S ’95) established an endowed fund to honor a recently deceased friend. Because of Long’s personal gift, and the gifts of many other generous donors through an EngagePitt crowdfunding campaign, the Robert S. Bomba Memorial Fund will benefit nontraditional students who have financial need and demonstrate a passion for community service.

The estate of John Curran (PHARM ’68, ’71G) gave $2 million in support of the School of Pharmacy. In 1998, he and his wife, Constance, established the John P. and Constance A. Curran Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, the most generous gift of its kind in the history of the School of Pharmacy. The recent planned gift is yet another way the Currans have given back to the University, by way of unrestricted funds.