2020 Season of Giving

2020 put a halt on some of the Foundation’s events and programs that were planned for the year. However, our Foundation Board and the Community Relations Officers quickly adapted by collaborating with our amazing community partners and donors. With their support, we were able to gather resources and plan some events throughout the year. Here are some highlights of our recent holiday events:

The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Pitt Community Engagement Center, and Mason’s Lodge #36 donated turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, canned vegetables, gravy, dessert, and University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department face masks to 46 Skyline Terrace senior households and 31 additional families additional families on November 21, 2020. These items were packaged in a Pitt duffel bag cooler and delivered door-to-door by KBK Community Relations Officer Marcia Scott, the Pitt Community Engagement Director and Masons from Lodge #36. The residents were very appreciative and overwhelmed with excitement when they found out the Pitt bag was for them to keep!

KBK Foundation Community Supportive Services (CSS), did not have its annual Family Resource Holiday Dinner this year.  In collaboration with Rhino security, children ages 0-14 had the opportunity to receive a toy due to the generosity of the US Marine Corp and Mason Lodge #36.

December 19, 2020 several partners gathered to deliver 100 holiday meals throughout the hill district. The partners included The Bedford Tenant Council, The Center That CARES, the NFL Players Association-Pittsburgh Chapter, and our very own KBK safety officers.

One of our biggest events this year was completely scaled back. Our Holiday Celebration this year was a toy give away. This toy give away was by appointment only. Walk ups were not allowed. Garfield Commons hosted theirs on Dec 21 and Kelly Hamilton Dec 22nd.

Lastly, on Christmas day in collaboration with Prism, Treehouse, Foot Locker LA and other community partners, The Office of Mayor Aja Brown (Compton) hosted a giveaway for the youth of Compton, California. The children were nominated by their community and the foundation was able to gift kids with gift cards from Target and Footlocker! It was such an amazing experience seeing their smiling faces and look forward to the future opportunities  in Compton.

Want to join us in making a difference? We’re raising money to benefit The KBK Foundation  Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance, this cause means so much to  us! #WeServU

2020 COVID-19 Resident Impact Summary

This year our residents have experienced unexpected difficulties during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As our world changed, we were able to be there when our residents needed us the most during this unprecedented time. Supporting and providing necessary assistance, connections, and resources in time of need was critical and life sustaining. From providing meals, financial assistance and relief, and other free or reduced cost programs has been the priority. Here is a snapshot of the positive impact we have had on our residents in the year of 2020:
  • The Community Supportive Services Initiative (CSS) is the frontline “HUB” for the COVID-19 Call Center. The HUB functions as the heartbeat of the property. The Community Relations Officers (CRO’s) provide residents with excellent customer service, resource information and triage all property related calls to the appropriate location. There has been approximately 8,800 interactions between our CROs and residents beginning in March.
  • Beginning April 2020, local agencies began to assist in providing residents with fresh produce, hot-boxed meals, lunches, snacks and more! Special thanks to our community partners; Earthen Vessels Outreach, Meals on Wheels, Larimer Consensus Group, Valley View Presbyterian Church, 412 Food Bank, Every Day’s A Sunday, Bloomfield Garfield Association, Community Empowerment Association and East End Cooperative Ministry, Farm-to-Table Produce and Dairy, Pittsburgh Public School Grab-n-Go, and Neighborhood Resilience Project Weekend Backpack Program.  Approximately 52,300 meals were delivered by our CRO’s.
  • Once the nationwide “shelter in place” mandate order took affect Community Supportive Service (CSS) team had begun reaching out to several resource agencies for emergency financial assistance for numerous residents who lost their jobs and childcare. Special appreciation goes to our generous partners and the CARES Relief Program we were able to acquire approximately $353.580.00 during 2020 to assist our residents. Special thanks to Urban League, United Way, Family Resource, Allegheny Alliance Church, Macedonia FACE, and Allegheny Link.
Our world as we once knew it has been completely altered and our foundation adapted quickly, and we could not be more proud of the hard-work and dedication our foundation has in serving our residents and the community!

Education Furthered Through Foundation Scholarships

Two individuals recently were recipients of a $1000 scholarship toward higher learning by the KBK Foundation. The KBK Foundation offers a yearly scholarship to residents at development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. The scholarship is also available to employees of KBK Enterprises and their dependents. The KBK Foundation is the community supportive services partner of KBK Enterprises.

Alycia Ford is a freshman starting her college career at Hampton University located in Hampton,Virginia. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA she is a firm believer in the quote by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” She has chosen a degree path in Nursing with the goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Alycia’s passion for nursing began through watching medical based television programs such as Grey’s anatomy. As a high school student, she previously participated in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Prepare to Care Program where she was educated in different jobs in the medical field. The additional assistance provided through the KBK Foundation scholarship award will help Alycia reach her goal in helping individuals conquer illnesses with natural remedies. She stated, “Having the opportunity to become an African American Nurse Anesthetist and being the first person in my family to be in the medical field will be a rewarding accomplishment. Not only will this career path benefit me, but it will also show my younger family members and community that anything is possible.”

Muna Muse, our second scholarship winner from Columbus, Ohio, knew as a young child she would have great potential. She is already in pursuit of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at The Ohio State University. After which, she will pursue a Masters in the same field. She plans to work in the emergency room as a Level 1 Pediatric Critical Care Trauma Nurse for top humanitarian aid organizations such as The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Muna was inspired to study nursing through caring after her younger siblings at a young age. Being that she was the oldest child, she had the full responsibility of taking good care of her younger siblings. She stated “I know a college education is essential to my future. College is a chance to improve my life by having more opportunities and by setting an example for my younger siblings as the first person to attend college. With the help of the KBK Foundation scholarship,”  she explained, “not only would it pay off for college, but it would give me the opportunity to serve my community and family.”

Welcome to Mitchell Hall

Columbus State Community College held the grand opening of its new home for the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Located at 250 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell Hall had its grand reveal Monday, August 12, 2019 with approximately 400 attendees.

This $34.5 million facility was supported by a $10 million private fundraising campaign and will double the school’s hospitality and culinary program’s capacity.

The new 80,000-square-foot building includes a 100-seat culinary theater, seven teaching kitchens, a mixology lab, a cafe and bakery, a 50-seat student-run restaurant with patio seating, a community garden, a 600-person conference center and much more. Inside, the building is open-concept, with space for students to learn and also do demonstration projects in the kitchen.

Keith B. Key, Chairman of the KBK Foundation, was a contributor to the new state of the art facility. Due to his generous gift, Mitchell Hall’s outdoor amphitheater has been appropriately named The Keith & Donica Key Amphitheater. Mr. Key’s wife, Donica Key, is an alumni of the college. “The Key family is honored to support the development of Mitchell Hall, which promises to establish Columbus State Community College as Ohio’s Culinary Capital. The students and guests of the college will have access to the finest facilities and training in addition to the best professors in the industry. The impact of Mitchell Hall will be recognized locally, nationally, and worldwide!”, said Key. Key has been a long standing board member of The Columbus State Foundation. Additionally he is a well regarded philanthropist that is committed to supporting higher education. The KBK Foundation offers a scholarship to qualifying employees of KBK Enterprises and to qualifying residents at the development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises.

The restaurant, bakery and conference space are now open to the public.

Marrero’s Section 3 Program Receives National Attention

Marrero Commons and the Section 3 monitoring process has sparked national attention and commendation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Marrero Commons received praise from HANO’s Executive Director, David Gilmore at their last Board Meeting with HANO Executives, STAND, and community members. Mr. Gilmore commented that KBK Enterprises was complying with all HUD regulations and doing very well in exceeding their Section 3 requirements. The Secretary of HUD also agreed by stating that “KBK has had the largest Section 3 participation numbers in the country for a project of this size.” Read More ›

Garfield Commons – Resident Involvement Ensures Sustainability

According to City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority Executive Director, Caster Binion, Garfield is the model on how affordable housing should look. Beginning almost 7 years ago, the severely distressed public housing development where 326 row houses existed, is now a mixed income community that will consist of 225 townhomes upon completion. The construction of the remaining 50 homes was completed April 2013, ten detached homes of which have garages. Read More ›

Xavier Students Receive Scholarship From KBK Foundation

Three Xavier University students were the latest recipients of scholarships from The KBK Foundation totaling $5000. Vonora Lewis, Jeremy Oatis and Alex Presley are all graduating seniors. Vonora and Jeremy are History majors, Alex is completing his degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. They will all graduate during Xavier’s May 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony. Xavier University, located in Louisiana, is a Historically Black College and University. The ultimate purpose of the university is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.

Residents Old And New Gather for Community Days

Each summer, The KBK Foundation, development partner of KBK Enterprises, sponsors Resident Community Days at residential sites that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. These festivals introduced three years ago, are a unique way for young and old to interact, fellowship and meet new residents that have joined respective communities at Garfield Commons, Pittsburgh, PA, The Heritage, Columbus, OH and The Foster House, Washington, DC. Read More ›

Project Will Preserve History of Former Addison Terrace and Hill District

KBK Enterprises has asked The KBK Foundation to work alongside the development and construction efforts to document and preserve the rich history of the Hill District. While over 400 units of mixed-income housing will physically restore much of the Hill’s environment, The KBK Foundation aims to add to the pride and heritage in another way- with an in-depth Addison Terrace History Project (ATHP). Read More ›

Foundation Honors Scholar Athletes


The Columbus Chapter of The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame hosted its 53rd annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2014 at the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom on the campus of The Ohio State University. Read More ›