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Pittsburgh Foundation event raises $1.3M to help 'most vulnerable'

| Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Foundation said its Critical Needs Alert fundraiser received $616,000 in pledges Tuesday.

Combined with $657,000 in matching funds from the foundation, the first-year event raised nearly $1.3 million to help about 100 nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties that directly support people with needs related to child care, food and nutrition, physical and mental health, housing and transportation.

“These record-setting donations are evidence that this community values the safety net that supports our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Maxwell King, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

All funds raised will benefit residents living at or near the poverty line.

This year's fundraiser replaced the foundation's Day of Giving event due to high demand for support from nonprofits that help low-income people meet their basic needs.

People made 3,144 donations to 97 nonprofit organizations during the 16-hour fundraiser. The foundation then provided $1.07 for every dollar donated during the fundraiser.

Emma Curtis is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7822, ecurtis@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @EmmaCurtisPGH.

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