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Pittsburgh Foundation donates $50,000 to Houston

Ben Schmitt
| Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 5:24 p.m.
People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days.
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People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is donating $50,000 in disaster relief to help those in need after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast.

The foundation's board approved the money as an emergency grant to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

As Houston Foundation staff members assess the storm and flooding damage, staff from The Pittsburgh Foundation are on standby to assist in-person or remotely.

“We in community foundations have agendas and methods that are as varied as the regions we serve,” Pittsburgh Foundation President & CEO Maxwell King said in a statement. “But when a major disaster strikes one area, the proud history in our sector is that we cross boundaries to assist in the emergency mission of saving lives and restoring basic quality of life.”

The foundation is also asking its donors and members of the public to chip in and help by contributing with a credit card.

“We ask that the people of Pittsburgh join with us now in giving generously to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund so that our Texas neighbors can begin the long journey to recovery from this disaster,” King said. “We are Pittsburghers; we are southwestern Pennsylvanians. At a time such as this, it is what we are called to do.”

Pittsburgh Foundation donors who wish to make gifts from their funds should call 412-391-5122 and ask for the Development and Donor Services Department.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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