City of Pittsburgh


Cathy Lewis and Matt Hannigan founded the Sprout Fund in 2001. The Sprout Fund improved Pittsburgh by inspiring and nurturing people with innovative, grassroots ideas to positively impact their communities.

Helping others become catalysts for civic change has defined our organization for nearly two decades. Nearly $8 million of community-decided investments went to 1,500+ people, projects, and ideas.

Our pioneering efforts to achieve this mission have spread further and wider than we could have imagined.

Now, a cultural shift has taken root and our community is stronger and more resilient. It’s a good time to sunset in 2018.

Thank you, Pittsburgh. This work was only possible because of deep, trusting relationships with all who shared their ideas, money, leadership, and time.

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