Independent community-focused foundation dedicated to youth-oriented and human services grantmaking in South Pittsburgh
Mark Bibro, Executive Director of the Birmingham Foundation, announced his intention to transition out of the organization’s leading role. Bibro is only the second executive director of the Birmingham Foundation, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Mary Phan Gruber, now Executive Director of the Jefferson Regional Foundation was the first.
Bibro has served as the foundation’s senior executive for 13 years and previously served on its board of directors for 8 years. “After 21 years of service to the Birmingham Foundation, it is time for the Foundation to identify a dynamic and capable next leader to serve the Hilltop,” said Bibro. He intends to continue advising the Foundation on its mission-related investments in real estate development in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop.
The foundation has an annual grantmaking budget of $1 million and exclusively serves the 15203, 15210 and 15211 zip codes (South Side and Hilltop neighborhoods) of Pittsburgh. In early 2020, the Birmingham Foundation underwent a strategic shift and began allocating 100% of grant funding to early childhood education and real estate development projects. Last month, the Foundation relocated its headquarters to the Knoxville neighborhood to be more embedded in the communities it serves.
Foundation President Terry Wirginis and Vice President Jack Simmons announced their intention to conduct a search for the next Executive Director. A board committee will oversee the search, which will take place over the next several months.
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The Birmingham Foundation offices have moved! Our new address is:
320 Brownsville Road ~ Pittsburgh ~ PA ~ 15210
Same Phone Number! Same Smiling Faces!
Roberta Smith, a founding member of the Birmingham Foundation, passed away recently. She was a devoted mother to Tom, Sandy, Tim, and Wendy while being the founder and longtime editor of The South Pittsburgh Reporter. Roberta dedicated her life to the people of South Pittsburgh serving on many boards and committees. This remarkable woman will truly be missed and her passion for helping people in our neighborhoods will be long remembered.