Partner Story: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust transformed downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class Cultural District that is a shining beacon of urban revitalization through the arts. “Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in the theaters, galleries, and public art environments. Named “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural district and continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

Diana Roth is the Senior Communications Manager of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

DR: PULSE has provided the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with the opportunity to have a PULSE fellow on staff and working together on a variety of projects over the past year has opened the door to mutual exchange of ideas and growth in our cultural connections with the community.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

DR: Our PULSE fellow is professional, hard working, and a great team member.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

DR: I would highly recommend organizations to consider a partnership with PULSE.

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Partner Story: The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle was established in ‘Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, and is dedicated to integrating adults with special needs more fully into the broader community. The program engages children and young adults with and without special needs in a full range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen the Jewish and greater community’.

Rabbi Mordy is the Executive Director of the Friendship Circle Pittsburgh. In the following interview, he speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

CC:  Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

RM: We heard PULSE was a fabulous way to cultivate new talent who would appreciate our mission and that the fellows are, by and large, very capable.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

RM: The guidance and assurance we have from the leadership at PULSE have been huge. We also have been extremely fortunate with Kahley (current PULSEr)! She fits the culture of FC and our mission like a glove.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

RM: The programs that Kahley has been involved in have developed astronomically under her leadership. I like to think she has grown a great deal as a person but the organization as a whole, and many specific programs, are better because or Kahley (and PULSE)!

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

RM: We don’t have much to compare Kahley to, but her friendliness, ability, creativity have all truly enhanced us.

CC:What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

RM: You certainly have the opportunity to find the right fitting fellow for what you are looking for, but, once you do, you can have the confidence knowing that you are cultivating a leader while getting a dedicated person on board!

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Partner Story: Homewood Children’s Village

Homewood Children’s Village’s mission is to ‘improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live’. Homewood, once a vibrant section of the city of Pittsburgh faces the challenges of poverty, isolation and disinvestment today. The Homewood Children’s Village supports the children, families, and overall community of Homewood, creating ‘opportunities for children to succeed throughout their life’.

Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam is the Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation for the Homewood Children’s Center. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

STG: HCV needed support as we restructured our research office. We wrote a very specific job description for a data analyst and submitted it to PULSE in hopes of perhaps finding a match.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

STG: We were able to attract Jimson (current PULSEr), who had just the skills we needed. This year, Jimson helped to bridge the gap as we restricted and found a more permanent solution

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

STG: Jimson’s quirky and upbeat attitude fits right in here at Homewood Children’s Village. He has a passion for people, which I think is a hallmark of the type of person who would apply for a PULSE position.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

STG: Give PULSE a try.

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Partner Story: World Affairs Council

The PULSE partnership has been a game changer for us. Isaac has helped us develop our after-school program by laying the foundation and creating a framework that will have permanence. This has been instrumental in getting our project off of the ground and making it successful. In addition, we have benefited from the connections we’ve made with other PULSE fellows and partner organizations.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold – and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region.

Annie Prucey is the Vice President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

AP:  This is the first time that the World Affairs Council has partnered with PULSE, and the experience has exceeded our expectations! We had heard positive things about PULSE through our nonprofit colleagues. We decided to apply as a partner organization when we were given the chance to develop our Global Leadership Certificate program in the out-of-school-time space. One of our goals is to bridge the global education gap in Pittsburgh. Given PULSE’s commitment to community service, we thought that this would be a mutually beneficial way of adding a service-oriented, thoughtful young leader to our team. We were thrilled when we learned that we were matched with a PULSE fellow!

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

AP:  It has been a joy to work with our PULSE fellow, Isaac, and to see the transformative impact that he is making upon our local high school students as they begin viewing themselves as part of a global community. Isaac serves as a wonderful role model and mentor – he is kind, nurturing, and compassionate. He has made strong connections with his students, as well as with his colleagues at the World Affairs Council. We had a vision of how this partnership could be successful, and to see it unfolding pretty much the way we envisioned is really exciting and rewarding.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

AP: The PULSE partnership has been a game changer for us. Isaac has helped us develop our after-school program by laying the foundation and creating a framework that will have permanence. This has been instrumental in getting our project off of the ground and making it successful. In addition, we have benefited from the connections we’ve made with other PULSE fellows and partner organizations.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

AP: In just a few months, Isaac has become an integral part of our team. Honestly, it feels like he has been with us for years! He is extremely motivated and has a ton of initiative. His creativity has encouraged us to rethink the way we have been approaching some of our programming – this has been extremely helpful and eye-opening. He is down-to-earth, personable, and humble – and has a fabulous sense of humor!

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

AP: PULSE provides a wonderful way to build capacity in your organization by engaging high quality, dedicated, and compassionate young leaders. The PULSE team is terrific to work with as well – it’s a great organization!

Listen to Isaac’s Experience at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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Partner Story: Family House

It is wonderful to see how our PULSE fellow’s growth and hard work is turning into something sustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Family House provides a special “home away from home” for patients and/or their families who are in Pittsburgh seeking medical treatment. By offering convenient, affordable housing in a home-like environment, Family House reduces the emotional and financial stress for people facing a medical crisis in a city where they may be strangers. Family House provides a special “home away from home” for patients and/or their families who are in Pittsburgh seeking medical treatment. By offering convenient, affordable housing in a home-like environment, Family House reduces the emotional and financial stress for people facing a medical crisis in a city where they may be strangers.

Julia Homa is the Manager of Volunteer Programs for Family House, Inc. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

JH:  We heard about PULSE and people who have completed similar programs and it was such a positive experience for them. We also really needed the help but didn’t quite have the budget to on board a full-time employee.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

JH: I am able to mentor someone who is growing professionally and that is wonderful since I had so many wonderful mentors in my career.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

JH: We are able to do high level program development since we have the extra person.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

JH: It is wonderful to see how our PULSE fellow’s growth and hard work is turning into something sustainable.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

JH: It is very worth it! I am so appreciative to have the fresh perspective and the extra help!

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