The Heinz Endowments
30 Dominion Twr., 625 Liberty Ave., 30th Fl.
Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-3115
Telephone: (412) 281-5777
Type of Grantmaker
- Celebrity: Business; Politics
The Heinz Endowments was formed in 2007 from the Howard Heinz Endowments, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986 - The Howard Heinz Endowment was established in 1941. The Vira I. Heinz Endowment was established in 1986. In Jan. 2007, the Vira I. Heinz Endowment merged into the Howard Heinz Endowment, and the organization changed its name to The Heinz Endowments. Howard Heinz, the son of Henry John and Sarah Young Heinz, was born near Sharpsburg, a Pittsburgh suburb, on Aug. 27, 1877. After graduating from Shady Side Academy and Yale University, he began working full time for the H. J. Heinz Co. in 1900, serving as advertising manager, sales manager, vice president and eventually president.He was a director or trustee of the Pennsylvania Railroad; Mellon Bank, N.A.; National Industrial Conference Board; Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association; Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce; University of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Institute; Shady Side Academy; Western Pennsylvania Hospital; and the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. He also served as a ruling elder at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Mr. Heinz died on Feb. 9, 1941. He bequeathed his residual estate to the Howard Heinz Endowment for philanthropic purposes. Vira I. Heinz was born Vira M. Ingham in what is now Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood. In 1932 she married Clifford S. Heinz, son of Henry J. Heinz, founder of the food processing company. Clifford Heinz died in 1935. During more than four decades that followed, Mrs. Heinz was active in the philanthropic and civic work for which she is now remembered.