McAuley Ministries Awards $1.1 Million in Grants to Five Pittsburgh-Area Organizations

Updated on April 13, 2013

McAuley Ministries, the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, has awarded $1,105,000 in grants to five Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. Announced today, the grants will support education, health and wellness, and workforce and community development initiatives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland communities as well as benefit a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh.

The grantee organizations and amounts, in alphabetical order, are:

Carlow University

$1,000,000 over three years to support undergraduate and graduate education through Carlow University’s “Brave Legacy, Bold Vision” comprehensive campaign. This is McAuley’s largest grant to date since its inception in 2008; it is also among the largest gifts ever made to Carlow University in its 84-year history.

Consumer Health Coalition

$20,000 to educate and assist consumers and organizations in understanding the benefits of the Affordable Care Act as well as the different options for enrollment. Once the health exchanges open, the Coalition will link 150 individuals to health insurance by offering on-site enrollment days and through referrals to its helpline.

Higher Achievement

$15,000 to support a six-week, intensive, accelerated, academic, and opportunity-filled summer experience for 60 middle school scholars.

Hill District Consensus Group

$30,000 over three years for beautification initiatives along the Centre Avenue corridor in the Hill District.


$40,000 for Together as One, a violence prevention initiative which combines summer work experience with community service. The grant will support summer employment for 60 teens and young adults.

“Extending the mission of Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley through McAuley Ministries grants to such organizations enables us to continue our Mercy ministry in the 21st century,” stated Sister Patricia McCann, RSM, a Sister of Mercy and a member of the McAuley Ministries Board of Directors. “The grant to Mercy-sponsored Carlow University reaches untold numbers of people by supporting professional preparation for careers in education, health care, and social services. We see McAuley Ministries grants as ‘building blocks’ for a future rooted in a Gospel-based vision of the common good,” added Sr. McCann.

McAuley Ministries was established by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and the Sisters of Mercy in February of 2008. Since then, it has awarded more than $9.89 million to local nonprofit organizations. To view the complete list of grants awarded to date, visit 

About McAuley Ministries

McAuley Ministries, the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, is guided by the mission, tradition, and legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. The organization’s mission is to be a catalyst for change, committing resources and working collaboratively to promote healthy, safe, and vibrant communities. McAuley Ministries focuses its grantmaking on the neighborhoods of the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland in the City of Pittsburgh, and on community initiatives in Southwestern Pennsylvania that are sponsored by or associated with the Sisters of Mercy. Funding priorities include projects that support entrepreneurship and workforce development; affordable housing; educational success; health and wellness; community development; and capacity building assistance to nonprofit organizations. Since its establishment in February of 2008, McAuley Ministries has awarded more than $9.89 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations. For more information about McAuley Ministries or its important work in the community, visit

About Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS), part of Catholic Health East and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is one of the region’s largest health and social service nonprofits and also one of its largest employers. PMHS includes A Child’s Place at Mercy, McAuley Ministries, Mercy Behavioral Health, Mercy Community Health, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Operation Safety Net®, and Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. Together, these PMHS programs and its 1,700 employees serve more than 26,000 individuals annually at 60+ locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more about PMHS, or to make a donation in support of its important work in the community, visit

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