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In cooperation with The Forbes Funds, this series of OnQ special reports and town hall meetings explores the importance of the nonprofit community in Pittsburgh's economic revival.


Great Non Profits
The Non Profit Partnership unveils its new, unique website called Great Non Profits to connect services, volunteers and resources to better serve the needs of the public.

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Celebrate the Season
OnQ's Michael Bartley reports on Pittsburgh-area non-profit organizations that help local people, not just during the holidays - but year round.

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Guest Panelists Include:
Michael Edwards, President & CEO of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Mike Smith, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh
Major Deborah Sedlar, Program Secretary for Salvation Army Pittsburgh Headquarters

Giving Thanks
OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports on efforts to increase awareness of hunger and homelessness, and how human services organizations are helping.

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Guest Panelists Include:
Barbara Miller, Director of Family Self-Sufficiency for Community Action Southwest
Phil Pappas, Homeless Advocate, also Founder of Community Human Services Corporation
Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

We'll also hear from:
Daniel Horgan, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Cares
Dan Rossi, Associate Executive Director at the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and co-founder of The Benefit Bank
Myrna Zelenitz from East End Cooperative Ministries

Farmland Preservation
OnQ continues its town hall meetings highlighting the work of local non-profits. Tonight's subject is harvesting the good in our community. OnQ's Michael Bartley takes viewers to a local farm where "buy fresh, buy local" is the motto and where farmland preservation is the goal, all with the help of non-profit agencies.

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Guest Panelists Include:
David Eson, Director of PASA (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture)
Rebecca Flora, Executive Director of the Green Building Alliance
Nick Pinizzotto, Senior Director, Freshwater Conservation, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

After School Programs
OnQ continues its Emmy nominated series, "Our Region's Next Renaissance" which examines the role of non-profit organizations in moving our community forward. Tonight, OnQ correspondent Tonia Caruso looks at the importance of after school programs. See how what's going on outside of the classroom is impacting the lives of young people.

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Human Services Corporation
Career Connections Charter High School

The Non-Profit Summit
In March 2006, hundreds of people gathered at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to set a civic affairs agenda. Using a network of computers linking small group discussions, the crowd developed priorities for this region's nonprofit sector. How did they do it - and what did they decide? OnQ's Michael Bartley reports on the process and the outcomes.

Tonight's panelists take questions from the studio audience and from viewers at home:
Eric Mann; president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Tim Zak; president, Pittsburgh Social Enterprise Accelerator
Kate Dewey; founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, the nonprofit consulting division of McCrory & McDowell LLC.

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

The Working Poor
OnQ looks at how to help families struggling to make ends meet. Commonly called the working poor, these are local folks working jobs but just barely covering bills and other expenses. OnQ examines how nonprofits are helping to bring about our region's next renaissance.

Related Links:
Network of Hope
Just Harvest
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council
of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center
The Keystone Research Center
PA Department of Agriculture

Live Guests:
Esther Bush, Urban League of Pittsburgh
Dennis McManus, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Ray Bender, Society of St. Vincent dePaul, Pittsburgh

Live Town Hall Meeting Guests Include:
Jeffrey Dorsey, Penn Avenue Arts
Cathy Lewis, Sprout Fund
Kamau Ware, Bridge Spotters

Creative Communities
The fifth episode in OnQ's special series features a one-hour town hall meeting. Tonight's topic, "Creative Communities," begins with Michael Bartley's report showing how the "creative" of Pittsburgh utilize abandoned properties to expand the arts, while working to retain young people in the region.

Civic Engagement
Fourth in the OnQ series, which includes a live, town hall meeting. Tonight's topic is "Civic Engagement." Tonia Caruso begins the coverage with a trip to Waynesburg, Greene County, where residents take an active role in non-profit revitalization projects.

Special guests tonight include:
Gregg Behr, The Forbes Funds
Aradhna Dhanda, Leadership Pittsburgh
Gregory Crowley, Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Related Links:
Boards by Design
United Way of Westmoreland County
Pittsburgh Cares

Thriving Neighborhoods
Third in our special OnQ series "Our Region's Next Renaissance" - we'll hold another live, one-hour Town Hall Meeting. Tonight's topic is "Thriving Neighborhoods." We begin with a report from Tonia Caruso that takes us to Penn Avenue in Garfield. You'll see how a unique collaboration of non-profits is now making real strides in turning the neighborhood around.

Special Guests Tonight Include:
Dorothy L. Lengyel, President, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development
Rev. Samuel W. Ware, Executive Director, Building United of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Laura Zinski, CEO, Mon Valley Initiative

Related Links:
Penn Avenue Arts Initiative
10,000 Friends of PA
Forbes Fund

Children, Youth, and Families
Children, Youth, and Families: Prior to On Q's town hall meeting on the state of Children, Youth, and Families in Western PA, On Q's Michael Bartley profiles a Wilmerding mother who adopted two little girls who did not have a "fair start" in life, until local non-profit agencies stepped up to help.

Special Guests Tonight Include:
Doug Muetzel, CEO Wesley Spectrum Services
Peggy Harris, CEO Three Rivers Youth
Colleen Fedor, Executive Director, Mentoring Partnership of SWPA

Related Links:
Forbes Fund
Wesley Institute

Viable Economies
On Q's Tonia Caruso and Michael Bartley show you the local non-profit community's involvement in spurring the region's next renaissance. We'll show you where the region's "viable economies" exist and where economic resurgence is badly needed.

In a live Town Hall meeting host Chris Moore will take questions from viewers about sustaining "viable economies" in our eleven county region. Chris will be joined by a panel of experts to talk about how Pittsburgh's Non-Profits are leading our Region's next renaissance.

Related links:
Forbes Funds
Pittsburgh Non-Profit Summit

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