Colcom Foundation was established in 1996 by Cordelia Scaife May. She was born in 1928 and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a descendant of the Mellon family, prominent western Pennsylvania bankers, philanthropy was important to Mrs. May. She passed away in 2005 and Colcom Foundation carries on her legacy today.
Nationally, Colcom Foundation supports efforts that address the chief cause of the Sixth Mass Extinction – human overpopulation. The Foundation’s work in southwest Pennsylvania reflects its deep roots in the region; efforts focus on remediating environmental damage from a history of heavy industry and supporting the region’s rich cultural heritage.