Pittsburgh Says “Thank You”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – Peduto to Formally Recognize Dietrich Contributions

PITTSBURGH – On Tuesday morning, Councilman William Peduto will present an official proclamation to the staff of the Dietrich Charitable Trusts.  The Trusts, created by industrialist William S. Dietrich II, are responsible for disbursing some of the largest charitable donations in Pittsburgh’s history.

Dietrich’s gifts to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, and the Carnegie Museums total $400 million.  The gifts of $265 million to Carnegie Mellon University and $125 million to the University of Pittsburgh are the largest in the history of those institutions.  The gift to Carnegie Mellon is the eighth largest donation by an individual to a higher education institution in United States history.

Students from Carnegie Mellon, the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, a representative of the President of Chatham University, and the Chief Financial Officer of the Carnegie Museums will be in attendance to thank representatives of the Dietrich Charitable Trusts in person and speak about the impact these contributions will have on their institutions and Pittsburgh as a whole.

“Pittsburgh has been blessed with some of the preeminent foundations and charitable organizations in the world.  They have helped us through the hard times and positioned us to be a leader in the 21st century,” said Councilman Peduto.  “Gifts on the magnitude of those given by Mr. Dietrich will have an enormous impact on the future of our City and region and his generosity will never be forgotten.”

  • WHAT: Dietrich Charitable Trusts Proclamation
  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th at 10:00 AM
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, 5th Floor, City-County Building


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