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February 2014 News

Fred Ali on the Critical Role of CalNonprofits

CalNonprofits is a statewide alliance of nonprofits across all sub-sectors advocating on issues that affect nonprofits such as tax exemption, nonprofit regulation, charity rating systems, the state budget, and other "high impact but low profile" matters. Recently, Weingart Foundation President & CEO Fred Ali joined the CalNonprofits board. He shares here some thoughts about why he decided to become a CalNonprofits board member, how this is an important organization for the sector, and the reasons nonprofits should seriously consider becoming members. Click here to read Fred’s perspective on the critical role of CalNonprofits. 

Staff Changes at Weingart Foundation

We are pleased to announce several staff promotions. Belen Vargas has assumed the role of Vice President, Programs, having most recently held the position of Vice President, Grant Operations. In her new role, Belen will oversee the Foundation’s grant strategy and planning, communications, and overall program assessment. Joanna Jackson, previously Director of Special Projects, will now hold the position of Director, Grant Operations. Joanna will oversee the day-to-day management of the Foundation’s responsive grantmaking and supervise our team of program officers. She will also join the executive management team. Angela Carr has been promoted to Grants Management Associate, where she will conduct grants administration for the Small Grant Program and manage data and information systems that support the Foundation’s overall grantmaking. Angela previously held the position of Program Assistant.

In addition, Larry Wolfe, Vice President, Administration and Real Estate Corporate Secretary, retired at the end of 2013. Larry worked at the Foundation for over 30 years, and he will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Launches 2014 State of the Sector Survey

Nonprofit Finance Fund’s (NFF) annual survey is dedicated to raising awareness nationally among foundations, government, media, and the general public regarding the challenges and opportunities nonprofits face as they strive to deliver services. Over the past five years, the survey has received widespread attention, and the results have been used to help address the needs of organizations as they respond to often increased service demand in challenging times. While understanding that nonprofit leaders are busy, Weingart Foundation encourages organizations to take 15 minutes to complete the survey, as high levels of participation will contribute to accurate sector- and region-specific data. To take NFF’s survey, click here.