Gregg Behr, The Grable Foundation

Twitter = @greggbehr

In his tenth year as Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, Gregg Behr manages a grantmaking portfolio advancing high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. Nationally, Mr. Behr is a trustee for Grantmakers for Education and GreatNonprofits.org; he is also a trustee and former board chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In Pittsburgh, he is a trustee for A+ Schools and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent College for his work on behalf of children and youth.

The Grable Foundation focuses on children, education, and social services in and around the PIttsburgh, PA region.  The Foundation awards grants designed to address early childhood education and school readiness; school leadership, teacher effectiveness, and enhanced learning in public school classrooms (e.g., STEM and arts education); out-of-school time support (i.e., after school, mentoring, and summer learning); and informal learning.  The Grable Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are members of the Grable family. They are guided by Mrs. Grable’s desire to help young people lead fulfilling lives and have hopeful futures. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW:

In this interview, we discuss:

  1. The one word Gregg would use to describe their staff and trustees: curious. (1:30)
  2. How philanthropy serves as a shock-absorber for the city and community.  (17:00)
  3. The role of philanthropy in the rebuilding and reshaping of Pittsburgh. (20:15)
  4. "Everyone can be a philanthropist...Giving is a learned behavior." (25:15
  5. The importance of thoughtful and impactful leadership in grantmaking decisions. (29:00)
  6. Andrew Carnegie often said 'the hardest thing I did in my life was give away money well." (32:00)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"It's so important for us to be present to, and in, the community, to recognize and respond to the leaders."  -Gregg Behr

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:

  1. About the Grable Foundation.
  2. Article profiling Gregg in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. Essay written by Gregg in the Huffington Post
  4. The Elizabeth Forward School District, mentioned in the show. 
  5. The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership

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