The Feed the Future Alliance Donor Society
The Feed the Future Alliance is the Food Bank's leadership giving society. Begun in 2005, the Alliance recognizes friends whose generous support enables the Food Bank to maintain and improve its status as one of the region's critical safety nets for families, children, and seniors. Members receive invitations to special events, periodic updates on our progress, and are recognized in several publications throughout the year. Please join us at the level you feel is appropriate:
- Regional Ally ($5,000 and above in a single year): Your support at this level provides many thousands of working families in 11 counties with desperately needed nutritious food. We invite you and your family to be our guests at special Food Bank events like the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Empty Bowls and Taste of the Nation. You'll also have an opportunity to participate in National Hunger Awareness Day activities.
- Community Champion ($2,500 - $4,999 in a single year): At this level your support provides between 2400 and 4800 bags of grocery products annually. We invite you to be our special guest at events like the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Empty Bowls, and Taste of the Nation.
- Community Builder ($1,000 - $2,499 in a single year): At this level, your support provides 900 to 2300 bags of groceries annually. Community Builders are invited to be our special guest at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and Empty Bowls.
- Community Friend ($500 - $999 in a single year): Your support at this level provides 400 to 800 bags of groceries annually. We invite you to be our guest at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival.
- Lifetime Membership in the Feed the Future Alliance is given to those supporters who have given cumulative gifts of $15,000 or more during their lifetimes.
(Membership in the Alliance is based upon a 12 month cumulative level of support during our fiscal year July 1st to June 30th)
The John McClay Society:
Create a Legacy of Generosity and Compassion
"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good things I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer it or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
The Pittsburgh region is fortunate to have an inspiring tradition of philanthropy. Henry Clay Frick, George Westinghouse, and Andrew Carnegie and others became the keystone of numerous colleges, museums and fine arts institutions. Yet many of the industries they created and from which their philanthropic traditions began are now, sadly, gone. Meanwhile, the people who worked in our factories and mills, their children, and now even their grandchildren are caught in the vacuum created by the collapse of a large number of our core industries. While there is great faith and reason for hope that Pittsburgh will reinvent itself, the process will likely take many decades to complete. You have a special part to play in shaping the future of your community through the John McClay Society - by leaving a legacy in your will.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank would like to extend to you the unique opportunity of having a lasting and positive influence in the lives of our region's most vulnerable seniors, children and families for generations to come. You may already support Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank but this request for your support is very different from any other which has been asked of you before. As a member of The John McClay Society Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will honor you in numerous ways, and you will know that yours is a commitment to our region that will last a lifetime.
About John "Speed" McClay
John McClay, former board member and twenty-year supporter of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank cared passionately about our mission in southwest Pennsylvania. Over the years John was instrumental in helping to set the long-term goals and direction of our efforts. John understood that without a solid long range financial plan; we could not continue to meet the growing need in our area.
One of the last things he did shortly before passing away early in 2005 was to write a check out to the Food Bank. His daughter, Sharon McClay Stewart describes why he fought to get to his desk to do that. "He loved the fact that he would make a difference," she explains. As he faced the end after a long illness he complained to Sharon, "There are children to be fed, people who need help. I just don't want to give up." His final gesture was in the terms of his will, bequeathing a considerable portion of the sale of his home to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
And so to honor the memory of our dear friend John McClay, and to ensure the future viability of our mission of which he felt so strongly, we ask that you join The John McClay Society. The bequest you make today will help secure a future for tens of thousands of our most vulnerable children, seniors, and families for years to come. Contact Tara at (412) 460-3663, ext. 295 to join The John McClay Society or find out more.