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Grant Oliphant

President, The Heinz Endowments

Grant Oliphant is President of The Heinz Endowments. He rejoined the foundation in June 2014, after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. Prior to this, Mr. Oliphant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations for two decades, including Vice President for Programs and Planning at the Endowments. He also served as press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s death in 1991.

Since returning to the Endowments, Mr. Oliphant has led an extensive review of the organization’s grantmaking strategies, resulting in the realignment of program areas under the key principles of Sustainability, Learning and Creativity. A core theme of the Endowments’ funding focuses on issues of a “Just Pittsburgh,” addressing disparities in racial and economic equity and diversity in the regional community.

As The Pittsburgh Foundation’s fourth president, Mr. Oliphant led a major transformation in its engagement of key constituents while guiding development of ground-breaking initiatives to enhance services for donors and maximize grantmaking impact in the regional community. These included The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program for city public school students, and PittsburghGives, an online giving and research portal that raised over $20 million in three years for local nonprofits through special Day of Giving events. Both programs became national models.

Mr. Oliphant serves extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy where he is board chair. He earned a master’s in organizational development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College.

Past Conferences

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2018

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.

Joshua Franzos

2018

Grant Oliphant - Introduces Henry Timms

Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments, introduced Henry Timms, the closing keynote speaker at the 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Conference.

Joshua Franzos

2018

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

Joshua Franzos

2018

Grant Oliphant 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Welcome

Summit host, Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, welcomed guests to the 2018 p4 Pittsburgh Conference.

Joshua Franzos

2016

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.

2016

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.

2016

Grant Oliphant 2016 p4 Pittsburgh Opening

The Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant provided opening remarks at the 2016 p4 Pittsburgh conference.

2015

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.

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.