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October 2016 News

Los Angeles County to Explore Negotiating Indirect Cost Rates with Nonprofits
Important New Survey for Nonprofits Contracting with County

The Weingart Foundation is committed to advancing equity—to expanding opportunity by correcting the imbalances we see across racial, ethnic and socio-economic lines in our education, health, human service, economic, and criminal justice systems. For us, equity also means strengthening the capacity and infrastructure of nonprofits working in communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. This is why it’s so important to us that private and public funders support “full cost” funding for nonprofits.

Toward this end, we are excited to share that Los Angeles County is seriously exploring the idea of creating an optional process for each nonprofit to negotiate a single indirect cost rate that would then apply across all of their LA County grants and contracts. As part of this exploratory process, LA County is currently conducting a survey of nonprofits grantees and contractors to gauge their interest in such an option. We highly encourage those nonprofits that have received the County’s survey to respond—your voices are critically important to this process. To read more, click here.
 

Weingart Foundation Welcomes New Staff Members

We are pleased to welcome two new members to the Weingart team: Vanessa Vela Lovelace, program officer, and Jherika Martin, administrative program assistant. Vanessa brings 15 years of nonprofit experience, most recently as director of programs with CDTech, which focuses on civic engagement and economic justice in South Los Angeles and surrounding communities. In her new role, Vanessa will work with and support nonprofits in their efforts to access Foundation funding. Jherika has a broad range of experience in administration and project management with nonprofits in Southern California, most recently serving as a program and administrative assistant at Maryvale, which is based in Rosemead, California and provides mental health and supportive services to struggling and at-risk children and families. At the Foundation, Jherika will provide support to program staff.