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Elizabeth Erskine Prine

Liz Prine Memorial Fund

The Liz Prine Memorial Fund was created in 1982 by the family and friends of Elizabeth Erskine Prine, who died that year at age 44 after an eight month-battle with cancer. She served on the board of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and was one of the youngest women ever elected to the YWCA USA board.

Liz was known for her aggressive, hands-on approach to empowering women. Rather than just providing housing and recreational facilities, she believed the YW must immerse itself in the economic, racial, and social problems that were depriving many young women of the opportunities that should have been available to them. The Liz Prine Fund honors the memory of a real woman committed to making real differences.

Over the history of the Fund, it has been used to support help women respond to the needs of the time. Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has been flooded with requests for assistance. Many of the women reaching out to us after losing their jobs have never experienced hardship before. They are embarrassed, scared, and don’t know where else to turn.

The Liz Prine Fund provides DIRECT, IMMEDIATE, ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE to help a woman who is trying to improve her circumstances.

A grant from the Liz Prine Fund can provide a critical car repair, a computer for online learning, support for a small business – the possibilities are endless . Often, a Liz Prine Fund grant is the last piece of the puzzle a woman needs to achieve financial stability and safety.

It is the Liz Prine Fund Committee’s hope that each grant recipient will find themselves able to reach out and help someone else at some point in the future, and to keep alive Liz’s legacy of support for women in crisis and transition. If you find yourself able to give back in any amount, your gift will go directly to another woman in need. For information about applying for a Liz Prine grant, please call (412) 255-1488.

To donate to the Liz Prine Memorial Fund, please click the button below. For information about donating to the Liz Prine Fund, contact Ginny Giles.

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Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely virtual.  As we adapt to our modified schedule, appointments are required.  Our Homewood-Brushton Early Child Development Center is now open, with special precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information. Please check our website frequently for service updates and to sign up to be a friend of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

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