Originally incorporated on July 17, 1996 as a spin-off of the Lambda Foundation, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh was created for the purposes of uniting and fostering good fellowship and social interaction among LGBT residents in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area.
In 2006, a group of LGBT business owners and citizens came together with the idea of energizing Pittsburgh’s social scene and helping the community financially. Events were held that raised over $35,000, which was donated to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center and Persad. 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 mission of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is to be a vigilant catalyst for change that produces increased opportunities and a high quality of life for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania.”
Today, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is the leading non-profit advocacy LGBTQ organization in Western Pennsylvania. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and visibility of the LGBTQ community and we do that in several ways:
- We produce Pittsburgh Pride, which is the largest community festival that celebrates the diversity of the region specifically for the LGBTQ community and its allies. It is the 4th largest special event in Pittsburgh and the largest LGBTQ Pride event in Pennsylvania with over 250,000 attendees in 2019.
- All year long we use the Power of Pride to advocate for issues that affect and effect the LGBTQ community from healthcare to housing to transgender issues.
- We hold events throughout the year which bring people together and helps to create a strong LGBTQ community.
- We collaborate with other like-minded organizations including Special Olympics of Western Pennsylvania, Visit Pittsburgh, Trans YOUniting, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, ACLU, Pittsburgh Black Pride, the Dignity & Respect Campaign, TransPride Pittsburgh, Central Outreach Wellness Center, and Pennsylvania Diversity Network…just to name a few.
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.“
With years of experience, our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of community leaders with diverse backgrounds, skills, talents and visions.
2019 Board of Directors: Gary Van Horn, President
Jim Sheppard, Secretary
Jeff Freedman, Treasurer
August “Buzz” Pusateri
Charles W. Honse
Chuck Tierney (deceased)
Christine L. Bryan