Turning Up the Heat!
Grantee Spotlight
Program: Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)

Grantee: Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) - JobLinks

Neighborhood Allies is proud to support OPDC's JobLinks program by providing funding for its Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). Our three FOCs are helping low and moderate income families throughout Pittsburgh to build assets and attain financial stability and upward mobility. Click the link to our video to see how clients from OPDC's JobLinks program are benefiting from the FOC model.
Neighborhood Allies Announces Staffing Changes
Each and every day, our staff works to catalyze fresh thinking, take strategic risks, test new approaches and track progress and impact. We’re proud of the progress we’re making organizationally and on the ground with our partners, but we realize we can and need to do more in order to be the partner and supporter that our allies need.

To that end, we’ve realigned staff responsibilities and roles so that we are better able to serve our partners, funders and grantees, elevate our collective impact and be a powerful force for progress in our neighborhoods. Read more here.
Summary of Data Survey Findings

Earlier this year, we conducted a data needs assessment to comprehensively identify current data uses and data needs of organizations throughout the city and neighboring boroughs so that we can better understand how best to provide funding, technical assistance, support and other services to organizations. Our Program Coordinator for Research, Evaluation and Policy, Doni Crawford, was fortunate enough to present some of those findings at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research’s (UCSUR) Users’ Conference in June. We are currently in talks with our partners to deliver solutions to the four most prevalent needs identified by our survey – data training, data access, staff/capacity building and technology. Until then, check out our Summary of Data Survey Findings below, which includes currently available and future resources for some of these needs.

Link: Summary of Data Survey Findings

For more information on our survey, please contact Doni Crawford at

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November 12
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November 14
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Blight Bootcamp Kicks-off to a Huge Success!

On Saturday, November 7th, over 100 participants packed the Schenley Ballroom of the Wyndham Hotel in Oakland to learn how to take a proactive approach to fighting blight in their neighborhoods.
The Blight Bootcamp is a first-of-its kind, collaborative effort of Neighborhood Allies, the Mayor’s Office, GTECH, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) and the Design Center of Pittsburgh to bring together residents, community organizations and public officials for a day of learning and networking to increase the impact of blight elimination efforts within our neighborhoods.

The day started with a morning motivational Keynote Address from Presley Gillespie, President of Neighborhood Allies. A Panel Discussion, moderated by Henry Pyatt from the Office Mayor William Peduto followed which emphasized the importance of community and government partnerships to fight blight. Panelists included: Maura Kennedy, Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Permits, Licensing and Inspection; Irene McLaughlin, Attorney at Law, Ian Beniston, Executive Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and Liz Kozub of the Turtle Creek Council of Governments. Read more here.
Visit our facebook page to view photos from the event! Tag yourself! #PghFightsBlight 
Neighborhood Allies Launches Community Leadership Forum: an Evening of Relationship-Building and Excitement
The Community Leadership Forum is made up of three community leaders from each of our six target communities: The Hill District, Hilltop Communities, Homewood, Larimer, Millvale, and Wilkinsburg. The Forum also includes two additional members representing the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood that borders and closely linked to the Larimer community.

The evening began with participants–the leaders of the forum and the Neighborhood Allies team– tasked with meeting three people they had never met before. Soon, across the room, conversation took over. Leaders and the staff began to form new and rich connections. Neighborhood Allies President Presley Gillespie welcomed the newly formed cohort and articulated the vital importance of community-informed decision making: “We need to have deep connections to you because your input and perspective will ensure that we are effective on the ground.” Shad Henderson, Program Manager of Community Relationships and Partnerships, built upon Gillespie’s words, sharing, “We created this forum so that we [the Neighborhood Allies staff and the community leaders] can learn together to reach common ground from which point we can build interventions and outreach.”
Read more here.
Neighborhood Allies President Serves on Panel at GPNP Summit

On October 15, 2016, Presley Gillespie served as a guest speaker on the p4 Panel of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Summit. The session, moderated by Andrew McElwaine, Senior Program Director at The Heinz Endowments, attracted nonprofit professionals from across the board, resulting in a packed house with folks eager to hear about the innovative work happening in our city!

The session was focused on the
p4 partnership (People, Planet, Place and Performance) launched by Mayor Bill Peduto. The goal of p4 is to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. It offers a framework for growing jobs, mobilizing capital, rejuvenating neighborhoods and improving lives. Read more here.
In 2014, Neighborhood Allies re-launched as a new and improved, 21st century community development support organization with a renewed and revamped commitment to improving the social and physical infrastructure of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities.


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