Symposium examines how nonprofits can maximize their missions

House Majority Policy Committee event highlights work with government, grants

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12 – Nonprofit organizations help a vast number of people and communities each year throughout Pennsylvania, however, these same organizations can be overwhelmed when it comes to navigating government programs. In order to help nonprofits achieve their goals, Rep. Abigail Salisbury cohosted a Nonprofit Symposium Thursday to detail some nonprofit best practices, including how to apply for state grants.

“Navigating government programs can be a frustrating experience for anyone attempting to access a service for the first time,” Salisbury said. “I saw a unique opportunity to bring experts into the room to speak directly to nonprofit organizations and explain the process. The ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible, and today we had a chance to illustrate how organizations can work with government to expand the amazing work they are already doing throughout our neighborhoods and communities.”       

The House Majority Policy Committee, Nonprofit Caucus and Salisbury cohosted the event. The event drew nearly 100 people, attracting leaders and staffers from nonprofit organizations in and around Allegheny County.

The event blended several of Salisbury’s passions. The freshman representative, who represents part of Pittsburgh and 12 nearby municipalities, established her own reduced-cost law practice to aid nonprofit organizations and small businesses in Swissvale.

“A big part of any public servant’s job is cutting red tape and putting people in touch with the programs and services they need,” House Majority Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. “Today’s event provided guideposts for nonprofit organizations to better serve our communities and deliver a win for everyone involved – nonprofits are better equipped to achieve their goals, which in turn allows more of our residents to obtain the help they might desperately need.”  

The agenda and presentations from the day’s event can be found at Photos are available for publication at