Partner Story: Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group



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Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a coalition of leaders working for economic justice and equitable resources to revitalize the Pittsburgh region. PCRG utilizes its strengths of engagement, advocacy, and policy formulation to focus its efforts on ensuring equitable access to land, capital, and mobility choices to improve the health and wealth of communities.

PULSE Fellow Sarah Slater serves as PCRG’s Communications Coordinator and is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving the organization’s communications infrastructure.

Samuel Su, PCRG’s Manager of Strategic Initiatives, reflects on PCRG’s partnership with PULSE.

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

SS: As we considered options for building our capacity, several organizations that have participated in the PULSE program recommended that we explore this partnership. When we looked into the program further, we really liked how PULSE invests upfront time and energy into screening the candidates; we thought that would be a huge timesaver for us.

ET: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow?

SS: Sarah has a great attitude. She is able to work independently, handle a demanding workload, and adapt to the pressures of coordinating multiple projects.

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

SS: We recently completed our strategic plan, and our members felt that we should invest more into our communications and marketing to better tell the story of PCRG, our members, and the community development system as a whole. Our staff works incredibly hard on improving the community development system, but like many other nonprofits, communicating our accomplishments can sometimes be an afterthought. Sarah has been great at keeping our staff on track with editorial meetings, copy editing, and managing our social media to help the public know what PCRG and its members are doing to make our communities better.

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

SS: Sarah has absorbed a tremendous amount of knowledge about the community development system because of her eagerness to learn. It’s rewarding to know that, in her short time here at PCRG, she has been able to develop a strong understanding of the systemic community development issues around land, capital, and mobility.

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

SS: I’m impressed with PULSE’s commitment to provide personal and professional development for its Fellows. I think this investment really provides nonprofits with intelligent, mature, and socially-conscious candidates.

Story by PULSE Associate Emma Toner.

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