Trail Volunteer Fund
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The Trail Volunteer Fund is a Donor-Advised Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which manages the assets and actually makes the grants.

Major funding is provided from the proceeds of FreeWheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania external link, Linking Up external link and by Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, who are the formal donor advisors for the fund. They have a group of advisors from foundations and trail support groups who help review the proposals.

We gratefully acknowledge additional funding from Michael Baker Corporation.   Baker Logo


In addition, we gratefully acknowledge contributions we have received through The Pittsburgh Foundation and United Way. We do not receive information about the donors, but we deeply appreciate your support.

You can contribute to the Trail Volunteer Fund through The Pittsburgh Foundation directly, the annual United Way drive, your own online shopping or by ordering our regional guide books.

We encourage you to donate both time and money to your favorite local trail. However if you also wish to support trails across all of western Pennsylvania and nearby areas, or if you don't have a strong affiliation with a particular trail, or if you would like to help develop an endowment for future maintenance and development, we welcome your support. You have many ways to contribute.

Contributing directly to The Pittsburgh Foundation

The most direct way to contribute is to send your contribution directly to The Pittsburgh Foundation. Officially, your contribution will be to The Pittsburgh Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity; in order to be sure your contribution goes to the Trail Volunteer Fund within the Pittsburgh Foundation, add a designation for "Trail Volunteer Fund" when you contribute.

The Foundation accepts gifts of cash, appreciated stock, and closely held stock, among other options.  For further information, visit The Pittsburgh Foundation's web site external link or contact Arlene Vukas  at 412-394-2640.

Donations can also be made via the web. Simply click on "Donate Now" on The Foundation's home page external link and you will be taken to a page to make your secure contribution with PayPal or with a credit card. Be sure to type "Trail "in the "Name of Fund" field.

Contributions by check can be made payable to "The Trail Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation" and mailed to

The Trail Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Attn: Arlene Vukas 
5 PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh PA 15222

If you would like your contribution to be anonymous (that is, if you do not want to be named on The Pittsburgh Foundation's list of donors), please indicate that preference with your contribution.

A copy of the official registration and financial information for The Pittsburgh Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Contributing via United Way annual drive

If you contribute through the United Way, including through your employer's annual drive, you can direct your contribution to an organization of your choice.  To choose the Trail Volunteer Fund, use organization number 9040783 .  Your employer may have a way to contribute, or you can go to external link

Regional Guide Books - Linking Up or Freewheeling Easy

We publish guide books to biking in Western Pennsylvania. All proceeds from the books are directed to the Trail Development Fund.

Linking Up - Planning your traffic Free Bike Trip between Pittsburgh,PA and Washington, DC is a planning guide for the trip. It begins with questions that people most often ask, followed by suggestions about things to think about as you plan and ideas about itineraries. At the end, we list services and amenities you may find helpful and give a table of distances between towns. You can see the content of the book at external link or order it at external link.

FreeWheeling Easy in and around Western Pennsylvania - Vol 4. (available Jun 2012) Includes a 2 to 5 page write up on the over 19 trails that are north of Pittsburgh, in particular those trails that will comprise the Eire to Pittsburgh trail. Eash write-up includes a description, local histroy, atractions, extensions to the ride and detail directions to the trailheads. You can see the content of the book at external link or order it at external link.

Supporting the Fund when you shop online

You can also support the Fund by clicking through the buttons and links below when you shop online. If you go to the merchant's sites by clicking these links, they will donate a small percentage of your purchase to the Fund. The cost to you will be the same as if you went directly to the merchant's site. link

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