November 2015 News

President’s Message from Fred Ali
LA County Moves Toward Full-Cost Funding for Nonprofits

In this month's President’s Message, Fred Ali announces a new motion recently passed by the LA County Board of Supervisors to help strengthen nonprofit service in the county. The motion supports the implementation of new federal rules regarding how government agencies reimburse nonprofits for the full cost of their work. The county's action comes on the heels of a report recently released by the Urban Institute that finds that roughly seven in 10 nonprofits in California say that the government funding they receive fails to cover the full cost of their services. To read Fred’s Message, click here.

Learning and Assessment Webinar

On September 15, Weingart Foundation held a webinar to share our new Learning and Assessment Framework. The framework is designed to assess how the Foundation’s unrestricted grants contribute to strengthening organizational effectiveness, and our learnings will inform our practices as a funder as well as be shared with the field. Special thanks to the over 200 participants who joined us on the webinar — we also greatly appreciated your many questions and comments. Webinar materials, including a full recording of the session, are available on our website.

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Announces New Application Deadlines

Weingart Foundation is a founding member of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), a funder collaborative that aims to help facilitate greater organizational effectiveness, impact and efficiencies among Los Angeles-based nonprofits. NSI achieves this goal by supporting the exploration and pursuit of strategic restructuring. NSI-funded strategic restructuring partnerships range from jointly managed programs and consolidated administrative functions to full-scale mergers and acquisitions.

Three new application deadlines for NSI funding requests have been posted: December 4, 2015, February 5, 2016 and April 1, 2016. Proposals must demonstrate the following: a commitment to entering into strategic restructuring negotiations; the positive impact of such a restructuring on clients and communities served; and a well-designed consulting contract with clearly articulated goals, timelines and benchmarks. For more information on NSI and how to apply, click here.