Spotlight - Grantees Work in Progress:

  • Lifelong Mobility

    A global team of partners is working together to develop a sustainable and generalizable model for increasing independent mobility for people with disabilities around the world.

  • Bike Pittsburgh

    It’s no secret that bicycling is one of the greenest, healthiest, and most affordable modes of transportation you can choose. Bike Pittsburgh is making our streets safer for everyone who bicycles.

  • Propel Schools

    Propel, is a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to catalyze the transformation of public education in Southwestern Pennsylvania so that all children have access to high performing public schools.

  • Mellon Square Downtown

    Among Pennsylvania’s many “firsts” is Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square – the first modern garden plaza built over a parking garage and a forerunner of green roofs.

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About Us

The Benter Foundation was founded in 2007 to support the leaders, organizations and ideas that help communities and individuals thrive.

Our grantmaking focus will continue to evolve as we learn together with our grantees and other partners. We invite you to follow this work as it unfolds.

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Smart Ideas for Smart Cities

Good ideas that make good cities great originate in different places. Sometimes they involve technology: Smartphone APPs that reveal open parking spaces in real time or enable citizens to share issues that need attention. Often these ideas start simply and grow to scale. Frequently, they begin with individuals or within institutions.

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