Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
223 4th Ave., 1400 Benedum-Trees Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-1713
Telephone: (412) 288-0360
Type of Grantmaker
Incorporated in 1944 in PA - The foundation was established as a memorial to Michael and Sarah Benedum's only child, Claude, who died while serving in World War I. The Benedums, both native West Virginians, came to Pittsburgh, PA in 1907. Headquartered thereafter in Pittsburgh, Mike Benedum was well known for his major role as one of the foremost oil and gas wildcatters and independent producers in the American oil and gas industry from its beginning. Mrs. Benedum died in 1951, and Mr. Benedum in 1959 at the age of 90 Michael L. Benedum's directive, to "help people help themselves," suggests the basic human concern that serves as a touchstone for the foundation's efforts, which historically have included a commitment to rural populations in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on those regions, generally investing two thirds of its grant dollars in West Virginia and one-third in southwestern Pennsylvania The Benedum Foundation purposefully maintains flexibility in its actions. The foundation's chief contribution is its ability, in cooperation with others, to take a long and thoughtful view of problems and solutions and provide carefully directed funding initiatives which involve other community sectors in bringing about positive change and development