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Heinz Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-04

At A Glance

Heinz Family Foundation

625 Liberty Ave., Ste. 3200

Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-3120


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Politics
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $133,112,940

Total giving: $2,333,954






Established in 1984 in PA; incorporated in 1992 - Founded by H. John Heinz, III and Teresa F. Heinz-Kerry. The late H. John Heinz, III was U.S. Senator from 1977-1991, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 18th District from 1971-1977. Teresa F. Heinz-Kerry is the wife of Senator John Kerry, heir to the H.J. Heinz company, and a noted philanthropist. She is the Chair of The Heinz Endowments, and a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism. The Heinz Family Foundation includes the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Charitable Fund.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for the Heinz Awards, environmental organizations, arts and cultural organizations, and women's health and pension.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Awards by nomination only to individuals for their contributions to the arts and humanities, the environment, the human condition, public policy, technology and the economy.

Heinz Awards

The program is the primary activity of the Heinz Family Foundation. The Heinz Awards recognize individuals for their contributions in the areas of arts and humanities, the environment, the human condition, public policy, and technology and the economy. Award nominations are submitted by a Council of Nominators, who serve anonymously, and are reviewed by jurors appointed by the foundation. Award recipients are selected by the Board of Directors of the Heinz Awards upon review of the jurors' recommendations. Awards recipients will receive a cash prize of $250,000 for their unrestricted use. See foundation web site for complete program criteria.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made PRIs to a pension and retirement organization.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Higher education
  • Museums
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $133,112,940 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,774,006

Total giving: $2,333,954

Qualifying distributions: $3,314,058