Formally started in 2009, Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Program brings together nonprofit leaders in an extensive training program that works to shift the way nonprofit executives and board members serve their organizations. By investing in both the staff and board leadership of nonprofits, Alchemy supports these organizations’ ability to deliver high quality services to the region’s most vulnerable constituents. The Weingart Foundation sponsors an Alchemy participant annually with a capacity building grant of up to $10,000 upon successful completion of the program. The Foundation also participates in Alchemy Gold, a network of 17 regional grantmakers that gathers quarterly to learn, share and strategize about practices that strengthen the nonprofit sector of Los Angeles. Partners learn from experts in capacity building around such key issues as fundraising, leadership development, and board governance. The network also engages in facilitated conversations and identifies best practices, methodologies, and tactics to increase the sector’s effectiveness and impact in the community. For more information, visit the Alchemy website.
Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunity for Men (BLOOM)
Led by the California Community Foundation (CCF), BLOOM is a $5 million, five-year initiative that seeks to create a more positive and productive future for 4-18-year-old Black males living in South Los Angeles who are, or have been, under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department. With grants and other assistance through CCF, and support and involvement by other foundations, businesses, schools, colleges, groups and concerned individuals, BLOOM invests in community-based organizations that provide programs and services focused on academic and/or vocational advancement and the creation of a jobs pipeline. The Weingart Foundation supported BLOOM with a $300,000 grant in 2012. To learn more, visit the CCF website.
Home For Good
Led by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Home For Good is an initiative to invest in permanent solutions to homelessness in LA County. Through this initiative, the Home For Good Funders Collaborative was established by, and is made up of, a group of public and private partners who have come together to support this effort. Launched in 2011, the Funders Collaborative has leveraged more than $650 million in private funding and public resources to date. These funds have been used to provide permanent supportive housing to thousands of chronically homeless individuals in LA County. As a member of the Collaborative, the Weingart Foundation has made $4 million in grants since 2011 in support of this initiative. For additional information, visit the United Way website.
Los Angeles Citizenship Funders Collaborative
Led by the California Community Foundation (CCF), the Los Angeles Citizenship Funders Collaborative seeks to assist eligible Legal Permanent Residents to become U.S. citizens. The Collaborative is a partnership between several local and national funders as well as non-profits across Los Angeles active in naturalization work. The Collaborative also serves as the local component of the New Americans Citizenship Campaign (NACC), a national funder collaborative launched to build the infrastructure necessary to facilitate successful immigrant integration and help Legal Permanent Residents achieve citizenship, establish a social and economic foothold, and become full and active members of society. The Weingart Foundation made a $200,000 grant in 2011 in support of the Collaborative’s work. The Foundation is also a member of the CCF-convened Council on Immigrant Integration, a 35-member panel of business, labor, education, law enforcement, government and community leaders from throughout Los Angeles. For more information about the Los Angeles Citizenship Funders Collaborative Citizenship Campaign, visit the CCF website.
LA n Sync
Founded in 2012 by the Annenberg Foundation, LA n Sync is an evolving partnership that brings together Greater Los Angeles’ academic, civic, nonprofit, business and philanthropic sectors to pursue major national funding opportunities. Its focus on collective action works to position Los Angeles as one of the nation’s most compelling destinations for investment. The purpose of LA n Sync is to improve community life for all Angelenos – especially those in need. The Weingart Foundation participates as an active member of LA n Sync’s Bell Commission, a volunteer leadership council drawn from all sectors. The Commission creates special task forces to pursue recommended funding opportunities and develops the strategies that will support applicants. For more information, including funding opportunities and criteria for support, visit the LA n Sync website.
LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment
Founded in 2003, the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment is a collaborative of over 30 public and private funding agencies with a shared commitment to investing in and promoting practices and innovations that advance the health and well-being of families and children prenatal to five years old. The Partnership’s three main areas of focus are strengthening families of young children, leveraging federal and state resources for LA County’s children, and raising awareness in the business sector to improve life outcomes for Los Angeles’s youngest residents. The Weingart Foundation has been an active member since 2008. For more information, visit the Partnership’s website.