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December 2013 News

December 2013 President’s Message

The new President’s Message from Fred Ali, now on our homepage, highlights current updates to the planning assumptions we use to develop our annual grant plan. Each year, the Foundation’s grant planning process begins with identifying needs, opportunities and trends within the Southern California nonprofit community. What we are learning from nonprofits reinforces for us the importance of providing unrestricted funding and challenging the “overhead myth.” Click here to read Fred’s President’s Message.

New “Perspectives” Section — Now on Our Home Page

Weingart Foundation is pleased to announce the new Perspectives section on our website’s home page, in which we will periodically present articles, blogs and other perspectives from members of our staff. We believe these communications will offer valuable insights into our work and priorities, as we continue to address the needs of the communities we serve.

Our first Perspectives article, by Vy Nguyen, Program Director, features Lessons Learned from our Small Grant Program. Small nonprofits typically access Weingart Foundation funding through our Small Grant Program, which focuses on small, community-based, and developing organizations serving low-income communities. As few foundations of our size devote a similar level of resources to these types of grants, we sometimes get asked about the value of funding smaller organizations. In this context, this article highlights some of our lessons learned from the Small Grant Program and how it continues to be an important part of our overall grantmaking. Click here to read Vy’s article.

CalNonprofits Survey

This November, CalNonprofits announced the launch of a statewide study and survey —The Economic and Social Impact of California’s Nonprofit Sector. The study will report on the characteristics and impact of California's large and diverse nonprofit sector, highlighting the impacts nonprofits have on communities as well as on the state’s economy. It will be used to advocate on behalf of the sector and support nonprofit engagement in policy making. For these reasons, we encourage nonprofits to take part in the survey. For additional information and to complete the survey, click here.