The Grable Foundation was named the fourth recipient of Penn State New Kensington's Corporate/Foundation Partner of the Year award Sept. 28 at the Chancellor's Gala.
Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus, presented the award to the foundation for its support of the University and the campus during the past three decades. The inscription on the plaque denotes Grable's "leadership, support and assistance in the advancement, growth, and development of Penn State New Kensington and the surrounding communities."
Kristin Burns, associate director for the Grable Foundation accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. The Grable Foundation's mission is to enrich the academic, artistic and social experiences for at-risk youth living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. Based in Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation supports community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation reflects the philanthropic philosophy of Erret and Minnie Grable who were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining and meaningful lives.
The foundation was founded in 1976 by Minnie Grable after the death of her husband, Errett, a Pittsburgh businessman and a founder and lifetime director of Rubbermaid Inc., which grew into an international housewares manufacturing company. Erret Grable was active on many community charitable boards until his death in 1959.
During Minnie Grable’s lifetime, the major focus of her personal philanthropy was scholarships to help young people enroll in vocational training. She continued her gifts to the foundation until her death at 100 in December 1990, at which time assets from her estate began to be distributed to the foundation.
As longtime residents of Pittsburgh, the Grables 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 Grable Foundation has a significant history with Penn State New Kensington. More than 2,000 disadvantaged youth were able to attend the Kids in College program during the past two decades. These camps focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, and the arts and theatre (STEAM) which integrated science components. Penn State New Kensington is part of a University-wide effort to raise private donations to strengthen support for students, faculty and programs. All gifts enhance Penn State’s historic mission of teaching, research and service to society.
Snider established the corporate/foundation partner award in 2009. Alcoa was the first recipient, followed by Leed’s and the Hyman Family Foundation.