Ways to Support

For over 40 years, POISE Foundation has been serving the Black Community by making hundreds of grants to worthy organizations, providing thousands of scholarships to deserving Black students and acting as a philanthropic leader and resource in our community.

Love for Humanity


Are you a Philanthropist? If you share your time, talents, treasures or testimony with the community you love, you are a philanthropist. African Americans have always participated in philanthropy, to ensure the needs of individuals and families are met. This collective giving, along with the giving of others who love and support the Black Community, has helped address the most critical issues impacting families and the communities in which they live, learn, work and play.  POISE helps donors, of all backgrounds and with varied financial resources, think strategically about charitable giving, and pooling resources to focus on the key issues most affecting the Black community.

See Below Because you understand helping Others.

We depend on your generous donations and willing spirit to help others in life.

Ron and Valerie Lawrence

"We are so proud to know that POISE allows us to donate to the local Pittsburgh community"

Become a Donor Today

Make a difference in our community.

Make a Difference

Your contributions are appreciated and have an impact

As POISE Foundation moves towards self-sufficiency, we must shift the balance of support for our programs and operations from institutional to individual gifts. Your contribution today will help sustain POISE for the next 40 years and beyond.

Support Operations

Your donation will continue to support The POISE Foundation ongoing grants and scholarships.

Donate to a Fund

See a list of already established funds that you can contribute to.

Establish a Fund

If you wish to make an impact through charitable giving, you can establish a fund with POISE to address your areas of interests.

Different ways of giving to POISE

POISE can accept secure online donations using your Credit/Debit Card. For your protection, all transactions are processed through a secure server site. You will only need to enter your credit card number when you reach the donation portal.

You may elect to give a one-time donation or you may setup recurring donations to show your long term commitment to the Foundation. If you'd like to learn more about establishing a fund, click here.

NOTE: The POISE Foundation will provide an acknowledgement letter for the full amount of your gift. However, please note that a credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be taken against the fund to which you are making a contribution.

A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

As always, you are welcome to mail a donation to the POISE Office. We accept checks, money orders, credit cards, and electronic bank transfers.

Please download and mail this form along with your payment to the POISE office.

If you wish to donate other types of property, such as stock, please contact our development staff at 412-281-4967.

If you regularly make contributions to the United Way directly or through your workplace, you can designate POISE Foundation through the Donor Option program. Simply select Donor Option number 1066 when completing your pledge form.

Employers often offer donation match incentives through its workplace giving programs, to increase employees’ gifts to the charitable organizations of their choice. Ask your employer if a match program is offered. After making your contribution to POISE, notify your employer of your gift and request that the match be sent to POISE. Contact our development staff if confirmation of your gift or additional information is required.

There are many ways to support POISE Foundation. In addition to donations of current dollars, there are various methods of planned giving including bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, estate planning and other ways to provide long lasting gifts to support your charitable interests. To learn more, please contact our office.

POISE is a proud participant of the Education Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Programs, administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). These programs allow eligible businesses to provide much needed funding for scholarships in exchange for direct tax credits applied towards their PA business tax liabilities. To learn how your company can help support thousands of students seeking expanded educational options in our region, read more HERE.

Establish a Fund

Make a difference and create a legacy

Learn more about creating a fund

As part of our ongoing mission to be a supportive, responsive and trusted Community Foundation, the Fund Advisor Portal provides timely access to important information about your fund.

Become Corporate Partner

Get you r company involved

Become a corporate sponsor

Companies with Pennsylvania State tax liabilities can support local students through participation in the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED), Education Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Programs.  These programs allow eligible businesses to donate to scholarship programs, like POISE, in exchange for PA tax credits of up to 100%.