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GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF FOCUS

The Weingart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations delivering quality services in the areas of health, human services, and education for low-income people and communities in the following six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Targeted Geographic Areas of Focus

In addition, we have identified the following three communities in the greater Los Angeles region as areas of designated focus: Southeast Los Angeles County; Watts and Willowbrook, and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone. These communities were identified based on a year-long process of learning about the opportunities and challenges in areas where historically our grantmaking has not been as significant as we would like.

The Foundation’s goal is to identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity and availability of nonprofit resources in these areas. All funding options including - Unrestricted Operating Support, Capital, the Expanding Opportunity Fund (formerly the Small Grant Program), and program related investments - will be prioritized for potential use in these areas.

While our strategies in the geographic areas listed below will take some time to develop, our initial approach in these communities include:

The Southeast Los Angeles County cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, and Walnut Park;

  • The Southeast cities rank second to last in Los Angeles County in terms of human development, which is based on life expectancy, educational attainment, and earnings. Therefore, the Foundation will look for ways to develop nonprofit infrastructure and capacity in these cities in order to bring much needed resources to this community and its residents;
     
  • Engage a community-based intermediary or collaborative with community organizing and capacity building experience to serve as a convener of different stakeholders in these communities; and
     
  • Through community engagement, identify opportunities for building nonprofit capacity and infrastructure, and for creating new or expanded services.

The Watts and Willowbrook area

  • The opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital provides an opportunity to bring critically needed economic and health benefits into the Watts and Willowbrook community. As such, the Foundation will continue to support the development of the MLK Hospital and campus and Charles R. Drew University. In addition, the Foundation will look for opportunities to strengthen the capacity and services of collaborating nonprofits in the Watts and Willowbrook area;
     
  • Engage a community-based intermediary or collaborative with community and capacity building experience to serve as convener of different stakeholders in these communities; and
     
  • Through community engagement, identify opportunities for building nonprofit capacity and infrastructure, and for creating new or expanded services.

The South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) that incorporates parts of Vernon-Central, South Park, Florence, Exposition Park, Vermont Square, Leimert Park, and the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhoods.

  • The new federal Promise Zone designation provides SLATE-Z communities with priority access to certain federal funding opportunities, which bring the promise of greater resources to these communities.
     
  • The Foundation will work with SLATE-Z leadership to identify opportunities to build the capacity of coalition partners in support of SLATE-Z’s new Promise Zone designation. The Promise Zone provides the Weingart Foundation and other funders an opportunity to align efforts, increasing access to both public and private dollars.