Our Mission

To actively promote physical well-being, encourage teamwork, stress the value of education, and provide essential life skills to young people in our community through youth hockey and other activities. 

How We Choose 

The Foundation fulfills grants on the basis of the five pillars of the organizations. To be considered the interested organization must fit into one of these categories.

1. Physical Well-Being - This grant is awarded to a non-profit organization that is focusing on facilitating participation in physical activities through youth sports and exercise. 

2. Special Needs Youth Hockey Programs - This grant is awarded to youth hockey organizations and programs to promote the quality of the game, diversity, special needs, and development. 

3. Health & Wellness - This grant is awarded to organizations dedicated to helping kids
develop healthy eating habits, create wellness programs, and provide funding for treatments.

4. Life Skills - This grant is awarded to an organization that is dedicated to teaching teamwork as a life skill, as well as other skills to make a well-rounded individual. 

5. Education - This grant is awarded to organizations involved in creating new programs and methods to encourage kids to value education. 

Groups wishing to apply for a 50.50 Grant should adhere to the following criteria to be considered.

· Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. They must be able to supply an EIN number for verification.

· Must use the funds to support a program or project key to the organization. 

· The focus of the organization/project must fit into one of the pillars of the Pittsburgh
Penguins Foundation 

  1. Physical Well-Being
  2. Special Needs Youth Hockey Programs
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Life Skills
  5. Education 


The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation does not support the following:

  • Non tax-exempt 501(c)(3)organizations
  • Individuals
  • Fundraising events, sponsorships
  • Capital and endowment campaigns 
  • Organizations that advocate religious beliefs or restrict participation on the basis of religion
  • Multi-year pledge requests
  • Organizations located outside of the tristate area (PA, OH, WV).
  • General operating costs, staff salaries, travel expenses, or political campaigns
  • Recreational group outings or trips
  • High school, recreational, intermural, etc. sports teams.


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