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Addison H. Gibson Foundation


Last profile update: 03/20/2018
Last grant data update: 04/09/2018

At A Glance

Addison H. Gibson Foundation

1 PPG Pl., Ste. 2230

Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-5401

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Foundation established in 1937 in PA - A native of Elderton, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Addison H. Gibson was a pioneer in the nation's oil and gas industry during the early twentieth century. Mr. Gibson's holdings were primarily located in Kansas, Oklahoma and east Texas. Although business often kept him away for extended periods of time, he always considered western Pennsylvania his home. In his will, Addison Gibson specified that the majority of his multi-million dollar fortune be used to help improve quality of life for needy western Pennsylvanians in two specific ways -- higher education and medical care. Because of his vision, the Addison H. Gibson Foundation has quietly provided assistance to thousands of qualifying western Pennsylvanians for over 70 years

Purpose and Activities

The purpose of the foundation is to help the people of western PA to become productive members of society (through education) or to return to productivity by receiving necessary medical treatment. To this end, the foundation provides limited grants to healthcare providers on behalf of self-supporting residents of western PA who have correctable medical conditions but do not have health insurance or the ability to pay for necessary treatment. The foundation also provides low-interest education loans to residents of western PA who have successfully completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate study and continue to be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited college or university.