Our Grantmaking

March 2022 Update to All Grantseekers

The Fine Foundation has selected Judith Hansen O’Toole as the third Executive Director. Judith is an expert in American Art and Director Emerita of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she served for twenty-five years as Director/CEO. Subsequently, she was Acting Director of the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art and later as Interim Executive Director of The Frick Pittsburgh.

Judith succeeds Kathy Lachenauer, who stepped down In December 2021. Kathy and her husband accepted positions at Carnegie Mellon University-Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.

As previously announced, the foundation is taking a pause from the usual spring 2022 grantmaking cycle. During this interim period, the foundation will not accept Letters of Inquiry or Proposals. After new leadership and the Board have determined plans for the fall 2022 grantmaking cycle, they will be announced on this website after June 1. As we are a small office, we kindly ask that you please refrain from phone inquiries. Updates will be posted on this website.

Grantmaking Principles

The Fine Foundation invests in projects that enrich the Pittsburgh region by encouraging arts and culture to thrive; Jewish life to flourish; and the fields of science and medicine to take creative and impactful approaches that improve people’s health, well-being, and quality of life.

Since its founding in 2007, the foundation has supported catalytic projects that play a role in making Pittsburgh a model for how philanthropy and the nonprofit community can work towards common goals in strengthening our community. With few exceptions, funding is limited to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region.

We remain committed to supporting Pittsburgh-based organizations, particularly in arts and culture and Jewish life, but have temporarily suspended grantmaking in our science and medicine program.

Areas of Interest


Artists express the emotions and ideas of our times, and cultural organizations play a unique role in bringing people together so that we may better understand ourselves and each other. Grants in this area support:

  • Visual Arts
  • Arts and Cultural Organizations
  • Support for Artists
  • Arts Education
  • Public Art

Images of our Arts and Culture Grantees


Tikkun olam, a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world,” underscores the foundation’s commitment to reflect core Jewish values by helping those who are most vulnerable. Grants in this area support:

  • Human and Social Services
  • Outreach and Education
  • Leadership
  • Grants in Israel: Human and Social Services and Arab-Jewish RelationsFunding in Israel is a small portion of the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Requests for funding in Israel are by invitation only.

Images of our Jewish Life Grantees


The foundation has temporarily suspended grantmaking in the science and medicine program.

From probing the mysteries of the brain to yielding new insights into mental illness to developing innovations in elder care, the Foundation recognizes the tremendous power of science and medicine. We seek to support novel and creative approaches in science and medicine that improve people’s lives. Grants in this area support:

  • Applied Research (with clear deliverables in the short-term)
  • Delivery of Healthcare
  • Creative Collaborations
  • Education and Advocacy

Images of our Science Grantees