Heinz Fund CEO Retires Amid Controversy Over Fracking Grants

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Robert Vagt, retiring chief executive of the Heinz Endowments

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Robert Vagt, retiring chief executive of the Heinz Endowments

Amid signs that the debate over fracking grants is taking a toll on the Heinz Endowments, the foundation announced this month that Robert Vagt, its chief executive, is retiring.

In August, the Endowments fired its longtime director of environmental grant making and its director of communications, leading to speculation that Mr. Vagt was under pressure to reshape Heinz’s environmental priorities.

However, Mr. Vagt, as well as some of his colleagues in the nonprofit world,