Yardumian Society

Named for our founder, the Yardumian Society recognizes individuals who take a leadership role in the success of Literacy Pittsburgh’s students. This society includes those who give $1,000 or more on an annual basis. Members receive invitations to appreciation events, special communications about our students, and additional recognition opportunities.

Membership in the Yardumian Society is based on cumulative gifts received during our fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. We ask that gifts be unrestricted so that Literacy Pittsburgh may support the most urgent program needs at the time of your donation.

Our Remarkable Founder

Learn more about Mary Yardumian, an unsung hero whose vision and compassion enriched the lives of so many.

Yardumian Society Members


  • Donald and Mary Block
  • Mrs. Gibson P. Buchanan
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas McGough, Jr.
  • Hugh and Eliza Nevin
  • Dr. Philip and Dr. Susan Smith


  • Anonymous
  • Ms. Liz Witzke Baum
  • Patti and Stan Hasselbusch
  • John and Peggy O'Rourke


  • Ms. Ritchie M. Battle
  • Theresa Andrews and Thomas Kondrat
  • Danell R. Cooper
  • Dick and Katie Heiser
  • Mrs. Julia G. Kant
  • Jayanne Newcaster Matthis
  • Mr. Jared Miller
  • Ms. Leslie de Runtz
  • Ms. Kathleen M. Sullivan
  • Mr. Sunthar Tharmalingam

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Mr. Scott Bartlett
  • Rev. Christopher and Dr. Filista Bender
  • Nancy Bernstein and Robert Schoen
  • Mrs. Ellie K. and Mr. Robert S. Bernstein
  • Ms. Sherry Bloom and Mr. G. Frederic Roth
  • Phil and Karen Bolden
  • Lori Como
  • Ms. Nancy Crouthamel
  • Mr. Edward W. Denton
  • Wayne and Regina Desbrow
  • Ms. Kristin Engdahl
  • Ms. Normandie Fulson
  • Mr. Emmanuel George
  • Nathaniel Gist
  • Drs. Maria and Francis Guyette
  • Carey Harris and Family
  • Jackie Kalocay Hogg
  • Karen and Daniel Johnese
  • Srikanth Jonnalagadda
  • Ms. Karen J. Maresch
  • Ms. Gianinna Mercado
  • Will and Karen Martin
  • Dr. Irene E. McGee
  • Mary Metz
  • Mr. Thomas M. O'Boyle
  • Mr. Siddharth Pant and Ms. Andrea DiMartini
  • Mr. Henry Posner and Ms. Anne Molloy
  • Jennifer and Bill Rabold
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rudoy
  • Mr. Gary L. Singery
  • Paul and Susan Smocer
  • Steve Sokoloski and Derick Stalker
  • John and Becky Surma
  • Cate and Jerry Vockley
  • Karen R. Worcester

*as of June 30, 2021

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