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Sandra Bacchi is a Pittsburgh-based artist with a background in photography and cinematography. Last year she was awarded an artist residency at Pittsburgh Glass Center to make new work for the immigration-themed exhibition, The United.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, this show is currently on view in the Hodge Gallery. 

This year has been challenging for all of us due to the pandemic. At Pittsburgh Glass Center, nearly all classes and workshops have been cancelled and the entire staff has been working reduced hours since mid-March. Because of supporters like you, we still have a lot to celebrate. We hosted a successful auction virtually this fall; developed Glass-To-Go kits so people can create at home; and provided space and resources for artists-in-residence to create new work in a safe and supportive environment. 

During these challenging times, art builds connections, inspires, and transforms. Support artists like Sandra today!

"My residency at PGC was a unique opportunity for me to experiment with a new medium and add the dimension and collaborative nature of glass to my artistic practice. While it is true that the access to a world-class facility and materials the residency provided is exceptional, it was the human connection with the artists that made my experience transformational," Sandra said. 

Pittsburgh Glass Center’s mission is to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment that encourages everyone, from the casually curious to the master artist, to learn, create, and be inspired by glass. 

"I witnessed these words in action every day throughout my residency," she continued. 

Now, when earned revenue is significantly reduced because of safety limitations on in-person programming, Pittsburgh Glass Center needs your help more than ever.

Will you make a gift today so that we can continue to operate during the pandemic and fulfill our mission to inspire artists like Sandra through glass?


On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was signed into law. In addition to facilitating direct financial relief to affected nonprofit organizations, the CARES Act also creates charitable giving incentives for donors to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like Pittsburgh Glass Center.

If you are someone who does not itemize on your taxes:

You can include $300 in charitable contributions to as an above-the-line deduction for your 2020 taxes, which means you don't have to itemize other items to claim this deduction (Section 2204 of the CARES Act).

If you are someone who does itemize on your taxes:

The cap for giving has been increased from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100% for your 2020 taxes (Section 2205 of the CARES Act). By making a donation to Pittsburgh Glass Center, you can get more impact on your taxes from donations this year.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. Learn more about the CARES Act and how this can impact your charitable giving by speaking to your tax professional or read more here.


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Please send your check made payable to Pittsburgh Glass Center to:

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Attn: Development Director

5472 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Did you know? Many employers match employee gifts! Check with your workplace to see if they have a Matching Gift Program, and you could double your donation to Pittsburgh Glass Center. If you have any questions about donating, please contact Rachel Niederberger.

IRA distribution

The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is a great option for making annual gifts to your favorite charities. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 in gifts each year to qualified non-profits like Pittsburgh Glass Center. Generally, when you take a distribution from your IRA, it is treated as taxable income. Under this provision, you can reduce your taxable income, even if you don’t itemize deductions, by directing the distribution directly to the charity. It’s a simple process that your IRA administrator can facilitate. For more information, contact Rachel Niederberger

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Pittsburgh Glass Center strongly advises that you consult your professional advisor(s).


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Your broker can assist you in making a stock gift via direct transfer. Please contact Rachel Niederberger for PGC's broker and account information.