Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation

Recent Grants
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The First Tee of Pittsburgh
First Tee of Pittsburgh at Pleasant Ridge Life Skills Experience Clinics
Amount:  $2,000 per year (2nd of 2 years)

Hilltop Community Healthcare Center
Reach Out and Read Program
Amount:  $2,000 per year (2nd of 3 years)

Independent Family Resource Group
Beyond 20/20-More2See
Amount:  5,000

Disability Healthcare Initiative Webinar Series
Amount:  $2,500

Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry
Youth Development Program
Amount:  $2,500 per year for 3 years

Jeremiah’s Place
Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Transforming Communities
Amount:  $10,000

Parkinson Foundation of W. Pennsylvania
Parkinson’s Support Groups in Western Pennsylvania
Amount:  $3,000

Propel Schools Foundation
Afterschool Fitness and Nutrition Program
Amount:  $25,000

United Methodist Church Union
Children’s Table
Amount:  $2,500

Ward Home
Health and Wellness Enhancement Program
Amount:  $10,000

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
ACMS Foundation Medical Student Scholarship Fund
Amount:  $3,000

Past Grants

  • The ACMS Foundation is most interested in making grants of $10,000 to $25,000 per year for periods of 1 to 3 years to provide consistent and sustained funding. 
  • Preference will be give to grant applicants who demonstrate a collaborative project or program with similar organizations. 
  • The ACMS Foundation may also make, or participate in, challenge grants with local foundations.
  • Grant applications are due by noon on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Grant Application

Recent grant recipients connected us to these families to put a human face on the work made possible through a foundation grant.  A common denominator was support in a variety of forms.

There is something powerful about support groups. Without the funding of the ACMS Foundation, parents and caregivers of children with spina bifida might never have known just how powerful! The Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania’s monthly groups provide crucial respite for caregivers. Sometimes there’s a speaker or a training component to help caregivers manage daily activities and challenges. However, caregivers say, being together is what matters. At the same time, kids ages 1-7 generally, can just play with their peers without fear of feeling “different” or getting hurt and building their social skills and independence, too. Currently 12 families from around the region breathe easier for a few hours. Their simple, common wish – that they could have more sessions!

Low-income single parents face an array of challenges. Angel’s Place offers hope and possibilities. That comes in the form of child care and education support at no cost to the parent – keys to their well-being and independence. Because education is such a critical need, celebrating exceptional students – those who excel not only in school but as parents – is the goal of the Showcase of Scholars. Randi’s experience conveys why she was one of the awardees: “I had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. Divorced in 2011, I moved in with my grandmother. I couldn’t afford daycare but needed to earn an income. I committed to 10 months of AmeriCorps service to earn a “living stipend,” an additional education award and subsidized childcare. When that service ended I had no daycare options and didn’t qualify for government assistance. Online I found Angel’s Place! I honestly thought it was too good to be true. I successfully graduated and now work at Allegheny General Hospital. I still want to be a nurse!”
When the whir of sirens subsides and parents are assured a loved one is in good hands, where do they turn? A long drive home after a tiring ordeal gives way to the convenience, comfort and cost-effectiveness at Family House. Since 1983, Family House has provided a home away from home for a few days or an extended stay among others who understand their needs and offer a warm bed or just a hug. The ACMS Foundation’s support of Family House helps to reduce the already modest rates for families. Families say it’s not just the room but also the “community support” they experience from staff, more than 150 volunteers, and other families that makes all the difference. Family House needs between $140,000-240,000 every year to support nearly a third of the 15,000 patients and their families who need financial assistance. In addition to transplant, cancer and trauma patients, Family House welcomes families of patients in clinical trials or experiencing complex neurologic and orthopedic surgeries, among others.

Child’s Way is the first Pediatric Extended Care Center (PECC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for medically fragile children age birth to 21. Child’s Way offers an alternative or supplement to in-home nursing and therapy care for children with complex medical needs. Weekdays from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Child’s Way’s registered nurses and child care associates meet a child’s medical needs – including monitoring vitals and medication administration – while children participate in activities in a typical classroom environment. Amee, whose son has attended Child’s Way, says it best: “My main concern was finding someone who could care for all of his medical needs and that he was safe, but I also wanted him in an environment where he could play with his peers. One day he let go of the table and he walked over to me. . . It felt like the day he was born!” The ACMS Foundation grant supports critical program needs and funding gaps for some of the area’s most vulnerable families – including child care fee scholarships and foregone charges from medical insurance. The grant provided the equivalent of child care fee scholarships for seven children for one month.