The National Council of Jewish Women in Pittsburgh has given the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship fund $10,000. NCJW Pittsburgh President Susan Nitzberg says the group has a long history of supporting public education. For instance, she says in 1911, the created the first penny lunch program in city schools. They also established the nation's first Headstart program in 1963. Nitzberg says education was not the only aspect that made donating to the Promise appealing.
"The fact that the Pittsburgh Promise hopes to be a regional economic development opportunity to bring more people back to the city of Pittsburgh, we believe in that," she says.
The NCJW has also become a part of the Promise's "Committee of 100", a group of local leaders seeking to raise funds and support from other local leaders.