a year of powerful change.

2020 Impact Report

a year of powerful change.

2020 Impact Report

Since 2014, our investments have leveraged over $50 million into our neighborhoods including:

Just seven years ago, our predecessor, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), closed its doors. Relaunched in 2014 as a new and improved 21st-century community development organization, the focus of the reimagined Neighborhood Allies centered around a commitment to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Through organizational introspection and innovation – alongside insights from our board, staff, partners, and residents – we have since created a new strategic roadmap that reflects our best thinking about the potential for Neighborhood Allies to transform Pittsburgh’s communities into places of opportunity. We continue to make meaningful strides towards creating a stronger and more connected, empowered, and equitable community development system. 

Neighborhood Allies steps forward into 2021 with renewed optimism and purpose. This is due, in part, to recent successes that demonstrate not only the efficacy of our work, but the regional receptivity to our mission and vision.

In 2020, Neighborhood Allies delivered the strongest revenue and financial results on record, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, unprecedented civil unrest and economic instability. All categories have very strong positive variance, and operating expenses are down below budget, which means operating leverage has also improved. Specific goals against results include:

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We achieved $10.7 million in revenue

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Grew our organization to over $17M in assets

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Raised almost $375,000 and created 13 new corporate partners, which resulted in 120+ individual donors (a first for Neighborhood Allies) and subsequent corporate matching gifts through the Beyond the Laptops Program

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Fee-for-Service/Earned Revenue will exceed $700,000, including from the URA, Propel Schools, and Financial Training Cohorts

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Secured the $1.5M to launch the Centralized Real Estate Accelerator and hired two new staff members to run the program. Additionally, we have raised over $1.5M in the six months of the launch. There is tremendous opportunity for growth in this area.

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Supported 8 small-scale real estate developers and entrepreneurs in the Lower Hill in partnership with the URA through the Equitable Empowerment Fund and have over 20 small-scale developers in the active pipeline for support.

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Launched 15 new and expanded initiatives, most of them brand new programs that were responsive and innovative solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic:

CARE (COVID Accelerated Relief Effort) Fund
Centralized Real Estate Accelerator
Get Online and Grow Online (GOGO); 2 rounds
Paycheck Protection Program Technical Assistance
Beyond the Laptops
Digital Inclusion Center Launch
RISE HIGH Internal Equity Team
Equitable Empowerment Fund/Program (Expanded)
Steel Smiling (Expanded and Invested in)
Economic Opportunity – Bank On Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Saves, and Fund My Future (Statewide expansion)
Pittsburgh Financial Inclusion and Disability Awareness Working Group
Data Integration/mySidewalk
Equity Integration (Expanded)

Since 2015, our financial centers have…

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Served between 700-900 people each year

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Placed 1,275 people in employment

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Increased income for 695 individuals

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Improved credit scores for 294 individuals

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Increased net worth for 177 people

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