President, The Heinz Endowments
Grant Oliphant has been President of The Heinz Endowments since 2014 and has been a positive force in philanthropy and public service for nearly three decades. A leading proponent of the idea that philanthropy must be vocal in the defense of its values, he has written and lectured extensively on issues of equity, race and social justice, and championed principles that address critical community and societal issues in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Following a six-year term as President of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Grant joined the Endowments where he reshaped the foundation’s grantmaking around three key strategic areas based on the core ethos of a ‘just community,’ supporting commitments and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all.
Under Grant’s leadership, the Endowments refocused its work on advancing a sustainable and equitable future, locally and globally; creating equitable opportunities that benefit families and individuals, especially those living in vulnerable neighborhoods; and building a culture of engaged creativity for all citizens.
At the same time, the Endowments has strengthened its communications with all constituents, including a regular podcast hosted by Grant called ‘We Can Be,’ which has developed a widespread following in the Pittsburgh region and across the U.S. for his interviews with dedicated figures in the social change arena. Additionally, he has been a strong and effective advocate for the essential community role of nonprofit journalism and media industry entrepreneurship.
Grant’s appointment as President of the Endowments marked his return to the organization that previously he had served from 1993 to 2008, holding a number of senior management positions. A former journalist, Grant previously served as press secretary for the late Senator John Heinz until the Senator’s death in 1991.
Grant Oliphant - Youth Demanding Action panel
At the 2019 Climate Action Summit, Heinz Endowments' President Grant Oliphant talked with three youth leaders about what drives them and what we all must do to push for a better future: Kaylah Brathwaite, Elsa Mengistu and Leandra Mira.
Grant Oliphant - 2019 Climate Action Summit
The 2019 Climate Action Summit opened with remarks from Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, and Joylette Portlock, executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh.
Closing Remarks 2018 p4 Pittsburgh
Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, and William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, provided closing remarks at the 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Conference.
Grant Oliphant - Introduces Henry Timms
Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments, introduced Henry Timms, the closing keynote speaker at the 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Conference.
Grant Oliphant 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Day 2 Opening Remarks
Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments provided opening remarks on day two of the p4 Pittsburgh 2018 Conference
Grant Oliphant 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Welcome
Summit host, Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, welcomed guests to the 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Conference.
Closing Remarks - 2016 p4 Pittsburgh
Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant and Mayor William Peduto provided closing remarks on day two of the 2016 p4 Pittsburgh conference.
Closing Remarks 2016 p4 Pittsburgh Day 1
Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, provided closing remarks on day one of the 2016 p4 Pittsburgh conference.
Grant Oliphant 2016 p4 Pittsburgh Opening
The Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant provided opening remarks at the 2016 p4 Pittsburgh conference.
Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments
Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, provided closing remarks to day 1 of the p4 conference at the Energy Innovation Center on April 16, 2015.
Jesper Nygård, CEO, Realdania and Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments
Jesper Nygård, CEO, Realdania and Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments, speaking on Day 1 at the p4 Pittsburgh conference at the Energy Innovation Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015 during the "Planet" section of the day.
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