DONOR DESIGNATED FUNDS are established to support specific charitable organizations.

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Amachi Pittsburgh Fund
Donor Designated
This fund was established in 2012 by the Board of Trustees of POISE Foundation to accept contributions that will be designated for Amachi Pittsburgh programs and operations.

Annette Cuffee Gillcrese Christian Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1992, the income from this fund will be used to support Christian education and other activities of Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

Barbara Ann McCants Endowment Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 2011 by the Family of Barbara Ann McCants. Grants will be awarded to support the Barbara McCants Garden Project through the Young Men and Women of African Heritage Association. If this project ceases to exist, a committee will determine the purpose of grants.

Bill Nunn III Legacy Fund
Donor Designated
This fund was established in 2016 by the family and friends of Bill Nunn, III.  The purpose of the fund is to primarily support the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project which has a mission to create a platform for underserved public school students in the Pittsburgh region to gain access to theatre arts and work with seasoned professionals within the field. http://billnunntop.com

Clara and Frank Sams Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1986. A gift from Frank Sams in memory of his wife, Clara Sams. Income is for scholarship aid and/or various charitable purposes in Bidwell Presbyterian Church and the African American community it serves.

Diana Green Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1997 by the Board of Trustees of POISE Foundation in memory of Diana L. Green. Income from this fund is to be used as determined by the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of Association of the Study of African American Life and History
Donor Designated
This fund was established by Dr. June Pickett Dowdy in 2016 as a distribution fund to support the work of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of the Association of the Study of African American Life and History. Funds will be accepted for the work of the branch through contributions made by others in memory of "those who have gone before us and paved the way".

Earl D. and Henrilynn Johnson Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1991 by family and friends. Income is for scholarship aid and charitable purposes in Bidwell Presbyterian Church.

Earl F. and Lois W. Hord MYDC and Centre Avenue YMCA Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1996 by Earl F. Hord and Lois W. Hord. The income from this fund it to be used for the purchase of Memberships in the Centre Avenue YMCA for children in need and to support operating expenses of Manchester Youth Development Center (MYDC).

Financial and Moral Supporters (Fams) Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1984. Income is used for educational and employment opportunities for Urban Youth Action, Inc. and needy youth of Allegheny County.

Frankie Pace Community Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1980 by friends in honor of Frankie Pace. Income for educational and community service awards.

Greater Hill District Development Growth Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 2011 By the Community of the Hill District of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to support various development and growth opportunities for the Hill District community. This fund was established as a Distribution Fund with an initial contribution from The Rivers Casino.

Leroy and Norma Brandon Patrick Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1996 by Reverend Dr. Leroy Patrick. The income from this fund is to be used for and in equal amounts to the following three entities: Thomas M. Thomas Memorial Church, Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Lincoln University. No restrictions are set upon the stipend each will receive.

Mamye and Leon E. Hickman, Esq. Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1991 by the Board of Trustees of POISE Foundation, Financial & Moral Supporters (FAMS) and The Misters. Inc. Income is to be used to motivate young people to stay in school by supporting the Urban Youth Action program.

POISE Director's Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1988. Income is to be used by the Director for special immediate small activities.

POISE/MISTERS Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1987 with a gift from New Cycle Foundation and the Misters Investment Association. The income is used for the Misters, Inc. and POISE Foundation's economic activities in the Pittsburgh area.

Ronald R. Lawrence, II Fund for the Afro-American Music Institute
Donor Designated
for the Afro-American Music Institute Established in 2004 by Ronald R. Lawrence, II. Income is to be used for the benefit of the Afro-American Music Institute.

Ruth R. Keith Charitable Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1980 by friends of Ruth R. Keith. Income is for educational and community awards.

Urban Youth Action Alumni Association Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1992 by the members of UYA Alumni Association. Income is exclusively for the benefit of Urban Youth Action, Inc.

Young Achievers Trust Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 2000 by Connie Portis, President Renaissance Publications. The income from this fund is to be used for charitable donations towards educational scholarships, health initiatives, art projects, and non-profit agency support.

Youth Work NAACP Trust Fund
Donor Designated
Established in 1993 by the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch. Income is for youth activities in the City of Pittsburgh. An Advisory Committee will suggest use of income.http://naacp-pittsburgh.org/