Our Impact


PULSE has made a substantial impact in the lives of so many participants, nonprofits, and neighborhoods over the course of its 27 year history. This impact is measured in three distinct ways: People, Partners, and Places.


Over 375 participants have partnered with close to 200 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 680,000 hours of service to the city and its residents. How are fellows impacting Pittsburgh and beyond?

  • Six “40 under 40” emerging leaders in Pittsburgh.
  • Creation of the Union Project, a space to connect, create, and celebrate community in East Liberty.
  • Development of artists like  Brad YoderHeather Kropf, Rothshank ArtworksAmanda K Gross, Chris Tate, Liz Sherlock, among others.
  • Impacting the environment through the formation of community gardens, urban farms, and nonprofit work (seven alumni in Pittsburgh alone).
  • Formation of numerous small businesses and other enterprises like Yinzpiration and Cara Rufenacht Design, among others.
  • Doctors, lawyers, professors, nonprofit professionals, teachers, and business leaders that operate with integrity and service.
  • Serving on nonprofit boards, volunteering, and giving back.

The difference that PULSE makes in the lives of recent college graduates is difficult to quantify. Check out our Fellow Stories.

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Value of Volunteer Hours


Currently, our fellows serve with nonprofit partners and contribute over 50,000 hours of service to Pittsburgh and its residents every year. Over 75 alumni continue to work in nonprofit sector in Pittsburgh. PULSE has found new ways to retain and attract a workforce that will help forge a new economy in Pittsburgh. Alumni are serving at the following organizations, among others, in Pittsburgh:

  • Adagio Helath
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Assemble
  • Best of the Batch
  • Bike Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Consumer Health Coalition
  • East Liberty Development, Inc.
  • Environmental Charter School
  • Fair Oaks of Pittsburgh
  • Grounded 
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Just Harvest
  • Lawrenceville Corporation
  • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
  • Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank
  • Neighborhood Allies
  • Nine Mile Run
  • Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
  • Off the Floor Pittsburgh
  • Partner4Work
  • Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
  • Pittsburgh Bureau of Polic
  • Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
  • PUMP
  • Riverlife
  • The Citizen’s Science Lab
  • The Cyert Center for Early Education
  • The Ellis School
  • The Friendship Circle
  • The Global Switchboard
  • The National Aviary
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Tree Pittsburgh
  • United Way of Allegheny County APOST
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • WESA
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Winchester Thurston School
  • Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
  • WYEP
# Nonprofit Partners
# Nonprofit Partnerships


What happens when fellows graduate from PULSE? The vast majority of PULSE fellows not only stay in Pittsburgh after PULSE, but continue to invest in the East Liberty, Garfield, Highland Park, Perry South, and Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Alumni purchase and renovate homes, start families, develop small businesses, start nonprofits, volunteer, and work to be good neighbors.  This is the logical progression for a young adult, but the results for a PULSE fellow are staggering. Here are just a few of the things PULSE fellows have specifically done in the neighborhood:

  • Created the Union Project, a space to connect, create and celebrate community in East Liberty.
  • Renovated 737, 739, 741 and 817 N Beatty Street.
  • Created the Kincaid St. Community Garden behind the Graham Street House in Garfield.
  • Organized a Beautify our ‘Burgh Zone on Negley between Stanton and Penn.

The simple truth is that when PULSE invests in the internal development of young adults, the external, built environment of Pittsburgh places are transformed.