Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation

Recent Grants
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Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry for Youth Development Program

Hilltop Community Healthcare Center for Reach Out and Read Program

Pittsburgh Youth Leadership, Inc. for 2017 Pittsburg Youth Leadership Bicycle Trips    2,000.00

The First Tee of Pittsburgh for Life Skills Curriculum

Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania for Living Well with Parkinson’s

Ward Home, Inc. for Health and Well-Being Enhancement Program

Achieva for Infant Massage for Children with Developmental Delays or Disabilities  

Jeremiah’s Place for Charting Impact:  Evaluation to Build Capacity

CCAC Educational Foundation – ACMS Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund for Health Career Scholarships   

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society – ACMS Foundation Medical Student Scholarship Fund   

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 Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
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.