Turning Up the Heat!
Grantee Spotlight
GRANT: Small & Simple $15,000
PROGRAM: Social Innovation Program
GRANTEE: New Sun Rising

In May of 2014 Neighborhood Allies awarded
New Sun Rising (NSR) with a Small & Simple Grant in the amount of $15,000 to support the pilot phase of NSR's MODE Social Innovation Program.

MODE serves Pittsburgh by connecting entrepreneurial social impact projects and ideas to expertise while integrating social-specific programs, such as mentoring, fiscal sponsorship, social impact education, resource accessibility, impact fundraising and community immersion within partnering collaborative co-working, incubators spaces. 

Since our investment, NSR has provided this critical support to 146 leaders on over 100 creative, innovative, community-serving projects. In addition, NSR has leveraged our investment with over $665,000 in additional funding from Henry Hillman Opportunity Fund, Pittsburgh Foundation, Buhl Foundation.

This leveraged funding is enabling NSR to
expand their capacity and resources to positively impact the social, cultural and environmental landscape across Pittsburgh! 
We have an UPDATED & IMPROVED website!
Now, even more useful and relevant information is at your fingertips!
The Neighborhood pages, created for each of our target communities, showcase neighborhood specific information, photos and news. 

The News page tells the story of the good work happening on the ground in communities across Pittsburgh.

Impact page maps all of the investments that we are making to support community and resident initiatives. 

The updated and redesigned
What We Do page clearly describes our role in local community development while highlighting our many community-serving initiatives!
Neighborhood Allies Welcomes our Newest
Board Member
Stephanie Cipriani!

Stephanie is senior vice president and market manager of Community Development Banking for PNC Bank in the Pittsburgh, Erie, Central PA and Morgantown markets.

In her role with Community Development Banking, Cipriani is responsible to provide accessible, creative, and affordable banking services to targeted customers in a manner consistent with the Bank’s commitment toward the growth and prosperity of its communities and the preservation of capital, profitability and shareholder value. Targeted customers include low and moderate income communities, community development corporations, non-profit and for-profit real estate development companies, and non-profit social service providers. Read more here.
Upcoming Events
Pittsburgh Vacant Lot Toolkit Workshop
December 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Markets Tax Credits Webinar
December 10
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Inspire Speakers Series
December 10
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Student Ambassador Town Hall
December 10
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
RFP|Placemaking+Temporary Public Art Call for Community Based Organizations
Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art are seeking community based organizations to participate in a program to collaborate with artists to employ placemaking methods to develop temporary works of public art. View the full RFP and submission requirements here. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

The projects will build on a neighborhood’s social and cultural resources, reimagine existing places, create dynamic shared spaces, and coordinate with broader neighborhood revitalization strategies. Temporary artworks are expected to be present in the community for 1–2 years.
URA Funds Penn Plaza Relocation

Neighborhood Allies will manage the activity for the city and will contract with Interstate Acquisition Services, which will handle the day-to-day relocation services, including meeting with residents, identifying additional resources and facilitating moves.

Authority Executive Director Robert Rubinstein said the funds will be allocated from an existing fund and repaid by pledges from the sale of city and URA-owned property and Tax increment payments diverted properties developed within the East Liberty Transit Revitalization District.

And though a portion of the housing will be designated for low-income residents, they will not be available in time for the 200 remaining Penn Plaza residents, who, per the agreement, must be moved within the next 12-15 months. Read more here.

Strengthening Our Skill Set to Effectively Engage Communities
In our continuous pursuit to learn of productive approaches to engage residents, deepen connections to communities and to build better partnerships, Neighborhood Allies’ staff members Shad Henderson, Shikha Jerath and Mary Taylor traveled to Chicago IL. to participate in a two-day Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods course.

The training is offered by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) which is part of a global network of 35 organizations that use participatory processes for community development. ICA is widely known to be on the cutting edge of training people to use simple yet highly productive group leadership processes. The ToP methodology aims to harness the energy and wisdom of a group to build consensus to create and implement strategic plans. Read more here.

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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.


Our mission is to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods.

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