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Geographic Areas of Focus

The Weingart Foundation supports organizations providing services in the following six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. In addition, we have identified two high need and historically under-resourced communities as areas of designated focus: the Southeast Cities of Los Angeles County and South Los Angeles. In doing so, our goal is to strengthen the capacity and availability of essential nonprofit resources to advance social and economic equity in these regions. In FY 2017, we contracted with community intermediaries to inform the development of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in these two communities. This community-informed work has resulted in the goals and strategies outlined below.

Southeast Cities of Los Angeles County

Guided by the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative Strategic Plan, the Foundation’s goal is to build and strengthen nonprofit capacity and civic engagement in the L.A. County Southeast region. These communities include Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Southgate, Vernon and Walnut Park.

In order to achieve this goal, we will pursue the following strategies:

  • Support the building of the SELA Collaborative infrastructure to achieve its vision and goals.
  • Continue to support the individual capacity needs of key nonprofits working in the Southeast cities.
  • Support the development of a needs assessment to analyze and understand the regional nonprofit sector and identify assets and areas for growth, support and investment.
  • Support strategies that promote local civic engagement of residents to affect positive change in their community.
  • Investigate and when appropriate, invest in strategies that promote sustainable economic growth, job creation, and workforce development.
  • Support key research to better understand assets, opportunities and challenges to inform the Collaborative’s strategies and solutions.
  • Deepen the Foundation’s community engagement in the region to better understand needs and opportunities, and identify key organizations working to advance social and economic equity in the Southeast cities.

South Los Angeles

The Foundation’s goal in this region is to build and strengthen nonprofit capacity in ways that promote economic growth strategies aimed at creating new and/or expanded services and employment for the most vulnerable in South Los Angeles.

Our strategies toward this goal are:

  • Provide significant and long-term support to build out the Martin Luther King Community Hospital (MLKCH) Community Health Plan.
  • Provide capacity support to key nonprofits that will bring new and/or expanded services to the MLK Medical Campus focusing on vulnerable populations (e.g. victims of family violence and sexual assault, foster youth, individuals with autism).
  • Invest in anchor organizations that are prepared to take a strategic and qualitative step forward in growth.
  • Support organizations that serve as nexus points for African American and Latino coalition building addressing equity.
  • Support strategic, community developed and led collaborations. This includes continued support to build the infrastructure of SLATE-Z (the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone) and capacity building support for key SLATE-Z partner organizations.
  • Investigate and when appropriate, invest in strategies that promote sustainable economic growth, job creation, and workforce development.