The Grable Foundation invests in high-performing organizations that clearly advance our dreams. Grable utilize timely research and data as well as link organizations to one another so that, together, the Pittsburgh region will increasingly enrich the lives of all children.
To help make life better for young people, to help them lead fulfilling lives and to have hope for their futures.
To help children and youth to become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to a child’s successful development.
The Grable Foundation was founded in 1976 by Minnie K. Grable, the widow of Errett M. Grable. Mr. Grable was a Pittsburgh businessman, and a founder and lifetime director of Rubbermaid, Inc., which grew into an international housewares manufacturing company. Mr. Grable was active on many community charitable boards until his death in 1959. During Mrs. Grable’s lifetime, the major focus of her personal philanthropy was scholarships to help young people enroll in vocational training. Mrs. Grable continued her gifts to The Grable Foundation until her death at the age of 100 in December 1990, at which time assets from her estate began to be distributed to the Foundation.
As longtime residents of Pittsburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Grable supported community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and were deeply concerned with the welfare of the Pittsburgh region and all its citizens. In particular, the Grables were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining, and meaningful lives.
The Foundation is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are family members. In developing the Foundation, the Trustees are guided by Mrs. Grable’s desire to help young people lead fulfilling lives and have hopeful futures. The organizations, programs, and people supported by the Foundation reflect the Trustees’ commitment to Mrs. Grable’s philanthropic wishes.