Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Who Are Pittsburgh's Young Philanthropists?

Nonprofit organizations are finding that Next-Gen donors crave opportunities to give of their time and talents as well as their dollars. Meet 12 young givers who are doing just that in Pittsburgh.



(page 3 of 4)

Christopher Amar (37)

Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Christopher Amar and his wife, Cheryl David, have Wikipedia to thank for bringing them to Pittsburgh.

“We started looking at the largest metro areas in America and realized Pittsburgh was the biggest of the small towns and smallest of the big cities, and [we] thought it would be a nice middle ground,” he says.

Fast forward six years, and you’ll discover a philanthropic track record that’s included being a donor, community advocate and active proponent of The Pittsburgh Promise.

He credits his immigrant parents — his father is a native of India; his mother is a native of China — with instilling a desire to advocate for the underprivileged and underserved. He also sits on the boards of Pressley Ridge, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Success is … waking up every day and doing something meaningful. If I do, I believe that I will leave the world in slightly better shape than when I arrived.
 

Claire Senita [24]

Pittsburgh Advocate, Journey Forward

A spinal-cord injury has yet to get in the way of Claire Senita.

Following a gymnastics injury in eighth grade that left her paralyzed from the neck down, there wasn’t so much of a “why me?” as there were confusion and anger that a common move during her routine had gone terribly wrong.

But it never stopped the former Pine-Richland student from learning how to drive or from attending Curry College in Boston. While there, she became involved with Journey Forward, which uses an intense exercise program to enhance the lives of those with spinal-cord injuries. Now back in Pittsburgh, she’s on a crusade to establish a local branch, having helped to raise $50,000 towards the $350,000 needed for equipment, training for staff and other related costs.

“Every time I want to give up, I have to remember how many other people could benefit from this,” she says. “I almost feel selfish if I would stop trying.”

I am most afraid of … Knowing that I could have helped someone else but was unable to because I couldn’t find the resources.
 

Anna Yaksich [16] and Sydni Henley [16]

Students, Springdale Junior-Senior High School

It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 50 — if you see something wrong in the world, then it’s up to you to change it.

That mentality has driven best friends Anna Yaksich and Sydni Henley since they attended grade school. 

“My mom was watching Oprah when I was 7, and they started talking about puppy mills, showing how mistreated [the animals] were,” says Anna. “I remember being really astonished and confused as to how something like that could exist.”

Immediately, she and Sydni started to raise funds as ambassadors for Animal Friends, with a goal of raising $25,000 by the time they graduated from high school.
By the eighth grade, they’d shattered it.

Now at $28,000 and growing, their “For the Love of All Animals” fund continues to help all of the shelter’s residents in various ways.

My spirit animal is … [Anna] A dog. They are so pure, innocent and trusting, always loving, looking for the good in situations. Dogs are really honorable, and I think that’s something people should try to aspire to be. 

My spirit animal is… [Sydni] A bear. They reflect the qualities of inner strength, fearlessness and confidence in themselves. Bears stand against adversity, taking action and showing leadership.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

Three Rivers Champion: Cecile Springer

A self-proclaimed “loudmouth,” Springer says her favorite part of volunteering is meeting other people and persuading them to do what she wants them to do.

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

Restaurant Review: or, The Whale

The Downtown restaurant is a captivating, if costly, catch.

Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.

Second Chances: Crossroads in the Kitchen

People working to overcome substance abuse problems and ex-offenders discover a welcoming environment in restaurant kitchens.

How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongdee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

The Growing Popularity of Shooting a Clay Pigeon

Skeet shooting is taking off as a favored western Pennsylvania hobby.

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

Comments

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongdee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

Comments

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

Comments

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

Comments


The Battle of The Hollywood

The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

Comments

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

Comments

Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

The Patriots are to the Steelers what Moby Dick was to Captain Ahab and that kind of obsession can backfire.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

Comments

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

Comments

These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

Thinking of popping the question? Take a note from these grooms-to-be who set the bar high.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

Comments

Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Frustrated by his sterile white classroom, teacher Greg Geibel earned an A+ from students when he transformed the space into something resembling a modern coffeehouse.

Comments