“The mission of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is to increase awareness and understanding of and improve the quality of life for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Western Pennsylvania.”
Originally incorporated on July 17, 1996 as a spin-off of the Lambda Foundation, the Delta Foundation was created as a non-profit organization for the purposes of uniting and fostering good fellowship and social interaction among LGBT residents in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area.
In 2006, a different group of interested LGBT business owners and citizens came together with the idea of energizing Pittsburgh’s social scene and helping the community financially. Three events were held that raised over $35,000 and after observing their success and desire to form their own non-profit organization, the founding members of the Delta Foundation offered to cede leadership of their organization to the new group.
The Delta Foundation produces events and supports projects that help make the Pittsburgh a vibrant and exciting city that is attractive to the LGBT community. These include Pittsburgh Pride, (PITTSBURGH)RED on World AIDS Day, a Memorial Day Picnic, various fundraising events, and our newest project, Equality Partners of Western Pennsylvania. We believe that collaboration is the key to our success and we pride ourselves on the relationships we have cultivated with organizations such as: Visit Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, City of Pittsburgh, ACLU, Stonewall Democrats, Equality PA, Pennsylvania Diversity Network, Keystone Progress and others.
As Richard Florida stated in The Rise of the Creative Class, “the most successful regions welcome all kinds of people. The presence of an LGBT community in large numbers is an indicator of an underlying culture that is open-minded and diverse. People look for cities with lots of gay people when they are hunting for a place to live and work. The presence of gays signals an exciting place, where people can fit in and be themselves.“