FIELD OF INTEREST FUNDS focus on specific issues of concern such as: education, children and youth, health and human services, etc.

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Charles L. Peters and Andrew Smith Fund
Field of Interest
Established by Mary Smith Peters in 1995 to support the education of African American youth Ages Twenty-five or younger.

City of Pittsburgh Economic Development Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1997 by a donation from VISA USA. The income from this fund is to be used for Economic Development activities in the City of Pittsburgh.

Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell Scholarship/Legacy Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 2016 by the family of Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell in memory of his fight for equity throughout our community and a special focus on our youth. The purpose of this fund is to support African American youth in grades k through 12th to pursue opportunities to further their education in STEM and other programs that prepare them for their future. The fund will also support entrepreneurial efforts of African American male youth. These causes were important to Freedom and where he dedicated most of his efforts.

Euzelle "Bubby" Hairston Educational Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1998 by the Honorable Valerie McDonald Roberts in honor of her father Bubby Hairston. The income from this fund is to be used for educational purposes.

God's Tithe Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 2013. The purpose of the fund is to support the preaching/proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and/or activities congruous with that purpose. The donor or a committee will suggest recipients of the grants.

Jeannette Carolina Memorial Healthcare Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 2006 by Marvin Carolina. Grants from this fund will be used for individuals pursuing careers in the Healthcare field with an interest in nursing; and other eligible grants to support the growth of African Americans in the Healthcare profession.

John Christian Golf Classic Endowment Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1988 by the John Christian Charity Golf Classic Committee. Income is to be used to help provide educational assistance to minority youth at various levels of their academic career and help in promoting self-help and betterment for the total community.

K. Leroy Irvis Memorial Educational Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 2006 by the Board of POISE Foundation to honor the legacy of the Honorable K. Leroy Irvis. This fund is dedicated to supporting educational purposes in keeping with the interest of K. Leroy Irvis such as the K. Leroy Irvis Reading Room, general education purposes, and groups involved in the political education of the African American community.

Margaret Lewis Education for Special Needs Children Fund
Field of Interest
This Fund was established in 2010 by the family and friends of Margaret Lewis in memory of her work and concern for individuals with special needs, particularly children. The income generated from this fund will be used to support educational programs for children with special needs in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Marian Parker Diggs Entrepreneurial Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1997 by the Board of Directors of POISE Foundation in memory and honor of Marian Parker Diggs, a native of Pittsburgh and champion of small business. The income from the fund is to be used for entrepreneurial activities as determined by the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Misters Economic/Educational Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1981. Income is to be used for African-American economic, entrepreneur development and educational activities in the Pittsburgh area.

Teach Love Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1997 by Dr. Frances Johnson Barnes, Ed. D. The income from this fund is to be used "Based on the premise that love is a learned activity and therefore can be taught. The Teach Love Fund has been established to support groups and individuals who develop activities and projects, in varied categories and settings, that seek to teach individuals, especially children and youth, to love themselves and to love others.

Urban Affairs/Economic Development Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1995 by a contribution from Dollar Bank. The income from this fund is to be used to promote economic development and awareness in the City of Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County.

Wilson Bradley/Sisters of Eve Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1997 by Daisy Wilson and Mary Bradley. Income from this fund will be used for Sisters of Eve performances.

Young Ladies Enrichment/Support Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1988. Income is to be used for special programs, activities and projects to help young ladies prepare for a better future.

Young Men Enrichment/Support Fund
Field of Interest
Established in 1993. Income is to be used for special programs activities, projects, etc., to help young men prepare for a better future.