The mission of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is “to strengthen the community-based nonprofit organizations that potentially or demonstrably can assist African American and economically disadvantaged communities to identify their needs and take effective actions.”  The organization is governed by a board of commissioners comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders committed to providing support to the African American and disadvantaged communities in Pittsburgh and the region.

A partner since 1968, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has provided over 10 million dollars in support to over three hundred organizations.  Eleven years ago, PACE redesigned its grant program into a capacity building program with the opportunity for an implementation grant. In 2011-2012, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania joined PACE as an investing partner of this program. Additional supporting investors include McAuley Ministries (2013-2014), The Faulk Foundation (2014-2015), and PNC Charitable Trust (2014-2017).

The purpose of the intensive services capacity-building program is to develop stronger, more resilient community-based nonprofit organizations to serve the community effectively and meaningfully.  Capacity building funds are designed to strengthen community-based nonprofit organizations by helping them improve internal governance and leadership, cultivate strategic community linkages, and develop financial and human resources for long-term stability. Building organizational capacity is a long-term, evolutionary process.

Thank you for your interest in this program, we will announce program participants in early September.  Please check back in late winter/early spring for the 2018-2019 Intensive Services RFP.

For additional information, please contact Peg Fiedler at or by phone at 412-562-0290 ext. 218 and Hilary Ferencak at or by phone at 412-562-0290 ext. 214.


Hilary Ferencak
Program Associate
Program To Aid Citizen Enterprise