Anne Marie Toccket, GSPIA alum (MID ‘11) and project coordinator of The Philanthrophy Forum, received a Sprout Fund Legacy Award as it sunset. She was among 50 Pittsburghers chosen out of 500 nominations.
Over the past 17 years, the fund has given more than $7 million of community-decided investments to more than 1,100 people, projects, and ideas in the Pittsburgh area, helping others become catalysts for civic change.
For Toccket, the $1,000 Legacy Award will be given to Building New Hope, a Lawrenceville-based volunteer-driven nonprofit working in Nicaragua. It partners with a worker-owned organic coffee cooperative to import 50,000-pounds of coffee which his sold locally for $1 above the fair trade rate to the benefit of farmers. It also operates two supplemental schools for at-risk youth and provides high school scholarships for students in need.
Toccket completed her GSPIA Capstone Class in collaboration with Building New Hope and shortly thereafter became a board member. She currently serves as its co-chair.
Of the organization and being chosen as a Sprouter, Toccket said, “I think the work of the Sprout Fund was about empowering individuals and small groups to do work that is greater than the sum of their parts…And I think Building New Hope is a really great example of that.”
For more information about Building New Hope visit buildingnewhope.org.