a year of powerful change.

2020 Impact Report

a letter from leadership

2020 was a year unlike any other in recent memory. COVID-19 has unveiled the glaring inequities across our nation, as communities faced enormous health challenges with our Black, Brown, and low-income households being disproportionately impacted.

a year of powerful change.

2020 Impact Report

a letter from leadership

2020 was a year unlike any other in recent memory. COVID-19 has unveiled the glaring inequities across our nation, as communities faced enormous health challenges with our Black, Brown, and low-income households being disproportionately impacted.

It was also a year of powerful protests and movements loudly denouncing police brutality, systemic racism, and anti-blackness across the United States.

Yet, we found hope and inspiration in the tremendous outpouring of support from our partners as we fought to care for and protect our neighbors. We became a stronger organization, adding new talent and capacity. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, unprecedented civil unrest, and an uncertain economy, we pivoted, innovated, and delivered significant results.

In this interactive report, you will see that we mobilized—with your help—more than $3.6 million of investments in neighborhoods, and launched or expanded 15 initiatives, including:

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CARE Fund – over $125,000 to respond to the urgent food, health, and safety priorities that rapidly emerged in light of the COVID-19 virus;

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Paycheck Protection Program  – unlocked more than $1.25 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans for 25 of our most vulnerable neighborhood businesses and nonprofits;

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Financial Empowerment Center – reduced participant debts by more than $680,000 and increased savings of more than $830,000 for low-income Pittsburghers;

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Digital Inclusion/Beyond the Laptops – invested over $400,000 to provide hundreds of families in need with internet access and laptops;

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Centralized Real Estate Accelerator – over $800,000 invested in a new model capable of revolutionizing community-based real estate with transformational impact at scale;

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Homewood Campaign – over $125,000 invested in a large, community-driven neighborhood image and media campaign;

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Get Online and Grow Online (GOGO) – in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, launched GOGO, which helped over 85 neighborhood businesses (90% minority- or women-owned) create new ways to sell goods, services, and gift cards through e-commerce; 

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Steel Smiling/Black Mental Health Fund/Beams to Bridges – collaborated with our strategic partner, Steel Smiling, in raising over $300,000 to bridge the gap between Black community members and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness, and to provide co-pay assistance for local Black people to receive mental health services.

As we plan for what comes next, racial equity will continue to be embedded and deepened throughout our organization. We will make transformational investments that sustain equitable economic growth and achieve financial stability, especially among our most vulnerable populations. We will expand economic opportunity, closing the racial income and opportunity gaps in Pittsburgh. We will bridge the digital divide by fostering equitable access to jobs in the digital economy. Based on community ownership and control, we will aggregate and deploy more capital to neighborhoods and corridors that foster high-quality affordable housing, grow neighborhood businesses, and build community wealth. Finally, we will improve the dynamic of Black mental health and healing by furthering access to trauma-informed, restorative mental health training and services in neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Allies recently launched a new 3-Year Strategic Roadmap. This is our boldest, most ambitious plan to date, which embeds racial equity within all of our work and tackles the most pressing challenges of our communities. The Roadmap prioritizes our North Star: Over the next 10 years we will accelerate, scale, and sustain the work of our community partners to create neighborhoods of opportunity and move 100,000 low-income Pittsburghers up the socio-economic ladder.

We are grateful for our Board of Directors and volunteer committees, composed of influential, passionate, and knowledgeable leaders throughout our city and region. Your leadership and support has been invaluable. Our diverse, talented, and dedicated staff of professionals are the true change agents that move our difficult work forward. Thank you!

To our supporters, volunteers, funders, and investors, it is through your generosity and trust that we can continue to serve our communities today, while reimagining and rebuilding a better tomorrow.

 

With Gratitude,

Presley L. Gillespie, President

Sallyann Kluz, Board Chairperson

In 2020, we mobilized more than $3.6 million of investments into neighborhoods.

We collaborated with our strategic partner, Steel Smiling, in raising over $300,000 to bridge the gap between Black community members and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness, and to provide co-pay assistance for local Black people to receive mental health services.

We invested over $125,000 in a large, community-driven neighborhood image and media campaign - The Homewood Experience.
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