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Photo Credit - Roy Englebrecht

Photo Credit – Roy Engelbrecht

The Fort Pitt Block House is where Pittsburgh began and it is the goal of the Fort Pitt Society to ensure that it continues to stand so that future generations can know and appreciate the important role our region played in history.  As a privately owned landmark, the Block House receives no state or federal funding.  And yet, for over 100 years, the Fort Pitt Society has kept the site open to the public and free of charge.  Each year we host hundreds of children on school field trips and welcome tens of thousands of visitors from across the region and around the world.  However, we can’t do it alone.  We need your help to support our preservation efforts and ongoing educational programming as well as simply to keep our doors open.

The Block House is a cultural and historical landmark of national significance located in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh.  Please help us keep this little piece of history alive.  With your donation you are joining with us as a partner in our mission to preserve, protect and promote the Fort Pitt Block House. Make a secure donation online to the Fort Pitt Block House NOW by clicking on the Donate button above.  Other Donation possibilities are listed below:

Give Online

Make a secure donation online to the Fort Pitt Block House NOW via the donate button above.

Give by Mail

To make a donation by mail using a check or money order, please send your gift to:
Fort Pitt Block House
601 Commonwealth Place – Building C
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Give in Tribute

Honor Someone Special with a gift to the Fort Pitt Block House



As an alternative to traditional gift giving and a unique and thoughtful way to honor a friend, family member or other person in your life – consider making a commemorative gift to the Fort Pitt Block House. A tribute gift to the Fort Pitt Block House is a wonderful way to honor or remember that someone special or recognize an achievement and will be especially meaningful to veterans, preservationists, history buffs and members of the DAR or similar organizations. Tribute gifts can be given during the holidays, on national holidays such as President’s Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July and for birthdays, graduations and anniversaries. Memorial gifts can be given at the time of death or on the anniversary of a death.

While honoring the person recognized with your tribute, your gift will also provide help keep history alive in Pittsburgh by preserving, protecting and promoting the Fort Pitt Block House.

Please provide us with the name and address of the person being recognized or the family of the person remembered so that we can send them an announcement of your gift. 

Give More – Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Contact your employer’s human resources department to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

Photo credit: Roy Engelbrecht.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to the Fort Pitt Block House may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses of employees.

Give by Bequest

Including a gift to the Fort Pitt Block House in your will or estate plan is a wonderful way to help preserve the past while creating a personal legacy that will continue into the future. A bequest allows you to retain control of the assets gifted during your lifetime and reduce the size of your taxable estate.

Including a bequest to the Fort Pitt Block House in your will or estate plan is simple and easy to accomplish.  You can include a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or name the Fort Pitt Block House as contingent beneficiary should your heirs predecease you. Bequests can be unrestricted or designated for a specific purpose.

Please remember – consult your attorney or other advisors concerning the best way to provide for Fort Pitt Block House in your will or estate plan.

Give By Sharing with Others

Have you visited the Block House recently? Are you a regular visitor or volunteer? Do you remember a special experience on a childhood field trip? Share your experiences. Please write a review of the Fort Pitt Block House and post it on our profile on PittsburghGives. Let the world know how history comes alive at the Point in Pittsburgh.

The process is easy and only takes a few minutes:

  1. Start by going to the Pittsburgh Gives website –
  2. Click on nonprofit search
  3. Either enter Fort Pitt Block House in the search box or find it on the list provided
  4. When the Block House profile pops up, click on “write a review”

greatnonprofitsSimply follow the prompts provided. In order to post the review, you will have to register either through your Facebook account or by creating an online account with Great Nonprofits.

You can also write a review of your experiences at the Block House by posting on Trip! Reviews are easy to post and can be done through either a Facebook account or an online account with Trip Advisor. Encourage others to visit the oldest architectural landmark in Pittsburgh.

If you have questions or need more information about how you can help keep history alive at the Fort Pitt Block House, please contact us at 412-471-1764 or by email at

To stay in touch with the news, events and activities of the Fort Pitt Block House by following us on instagram @fortpittblockhouse.


All contributions to the Fort Pitt Block House are tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional with any questions.

In order to receive the appropriate acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes please email the treasurer at

The official registration and financial information of Fort Pitt Block House may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1.800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.