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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 four pillars of the organization. To be considered the interested organization must fit into one of the following categories:

Youth Hockey – 

· Applicant’s program directly contributes, supports, or otherwise ties in directly with the expansion and sustainability of the sport of hockey in the tri-state area. This includes organizations that focus on conventional hockey, as well as special needs hockey programs. 

· Exception – high school or school based hockey teams 

Wellness – 

· Applicant’s program pertains to health care, physical activity, awareness, or anything directly impacting the health and wellness of children. 

Education – 

· Applicant’s program directly provides knowledge to children and young adults. After-school programs, STEAM/STEM programs, museums, and other groups are included. 

· Exception – high schools and colleges seeking funds for programs, student organizations, field trips, etc. 

Community Development – 

· Applicant’s program directly impacts the betterment of their community. The program provides services to community members, provides training and mentorship, or makes their community a better place to live and work. 

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 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 tri-state area (PA, OH, WV).
  • General operating costs, staff salaries, travel expenses, or political campaigns
  • Recreational group outings or trips
  • High school, recreational, intramural, etc. sports teams.