At UPMC Western Behavioral Health, with UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital as the cornerstone, we are committed to supporting our patients and their families with their mental health journeys. We are equally committed to supporting our staff, enhancing their skills, and equipping them with the tools they need to provide exceptional care across UPMC Western Behavioral Health. The Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health fund began in 2019 with a generous donation from a donor interested in offering support for patient experiences and employee education. The fund has taken hold and is benefiting from several new campaigns, established to generate donor contributions in support of patients and employees.
Making Minds Matter fundraising campaigns provide multiple ways to direct your support. Choose the one that best that fits your interests.
Ticket Sales Mid-August 2021 – January 2022
Drawing – Friday, January 21, 2022
Now in its second year, the 2021 “Groceries, Gas, or Cash!" raffle will kick off mid-August, with the drawing on Friday, January 21, 2022. A total of 700 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The prize options include a choice of $17,000 in Giant Eagle Gift Cards or $14,000 in cash. Campaign partners Giant Eagle and WPXI are promoting the campaign jointly in Western Pennsylvania.Learn more about Groceries, Gas, or Cash!
Gift Drive Donations January – December 2021
Gifts Presentation and Performance – Friday, December 17, 2021 2 p.m.
After successfully completing the first gift drive for children and adolescent inpatients during the holidays at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital in 2020, the 2021 “Holidays from the Heart" gift campaign will provide gifts for all inpatients, from children and adolescents through seniors. With Marianne Cornetti, renowned international opera singer, as the campaign chair, and a growing committee of eager supporters, the expanded 2021 goal will make the holidays brighter for 251 inpatients.Learn more about Holidays from the Heart
Nominations January – August 2021
Recipient Selection and Presentation – September/October
In 2020, a scholarship supporting education and training for patients with serious mental health needs who are followed by the Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital was established in memory of a cherished CRS staff person, Lorraine Williams. “The Lorraine Williams Peer Scholarship" is for CRS patients who are going to school or pursuing vocational training either for the purposes of gaining employment or advancing in their employment. Recipients also serve as role models for others with mental health needs, as was modeled by Lorraine herself.Learn more about the Lorraine Williams Scholarship
Rehearsals January – December 2021
Principal Performance - 38th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference November 21, 2021
Friends and Family Performances - 2021
Modeled after other successful national programs that use music as a therapeutic tool, “Music Mends Minds" offers patients with mental health challenges the opportunity to audition and become part of a musical ensemble of peers. Under the direction of Dr. Roy Chengappa, chief of Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, and Flavio Chamis, international composer and conductor and Music Mends Minds performance producer, the group rehearses regularly, culminating in performances opportunities for families, friends, and other supportive audiences. Additionally, well-known musicians are matched with the participants, creating a means to interact with professionals and learn from their successful musical journeys.Learn more about Music Mends Minds
A cash gift is the most common form of giving. Payments are accepted in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Monetary gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Show someone how much you care by making a commemorative gift. Your gift is a thoughtful way to memorialize or honor your family or friends while providing help and hope to those we serve.
A recurring cash gift is an easy way to spread out your monetary gift. With a recurring monthly donation, you determine an amount, and your credit card is charged automatically every month afterward.
In-kind (non-cash) donations are another valuable way to give. These tangible items are tax-deductible based on their fair-market value. Consider donating a product or service.
Using life planning documents to recognize a cause if a very effective way to leave a legacy often allowing for larger donations.
By remembering UPMC Western Behavioral Health in your will, you can donate without relinquishing any of your income today. When you make a bequest, your taxable estate is reduced by a 100 percent deduction for the amount of a cash gift or by fair-market value of appreciated assets.
Naming UPMC Western Behavioral Health as a beneficiary to your current paid life insurance policy or purchasing a new policy will give you a charitable income tax deduction.
Note: UPMC Western Behavioral Health suggests that you consult with your own personal tax or financial advisor for advice concerning your personal plan and how a gift would benefit both you and a charitable organization..
If you have the time and enthusiasm, consider organizing a drive to gather donations. Plan and organize a special event at your work, at your child’s school, or in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds. By sharing your favorite cause on social media with a network of caring people and investing some effort, you can raise support. No donation is too small.
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a United Way agency. To donate, please use the following contributor code.
253 - Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Please visit the United Way website to review the program options for directing gifts within UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
Some employers offer matching gifts, meaning they will match some or all of your charitable donations. Check to see if your employer offers this to potentially double your donation. If your company doesn’t currently offer this benefit, talk to your HR department about how to encourage the company to implement a matching gift program.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital gratefully accepts charitable contributions from families, friends, and community partners. Charitable donations support successful outcomes for patients and their families and for our staff when and where most needed. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
In tandem with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Psychiatry, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital:
If you would like to support research and training, please contact
The Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at UPMC
Forbes Tower 8084
3600 Forbes Avenue (at Meyran Avenue)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
We are pleased to introduce the Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health magazine. We hope this publication will help to reduce stigma and expand community engagement on behalf of our patients, who are among one in every five Americans experiencing some form of mental illness.Read our latest issue.