Foundation Overview

Founded in 1951 by Ben and Stella Weingart, the Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that provides grants and other support designed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations delivering quality services in the areas of health, human services, and education for people and communities who face the most obstacles to opportunity.

For 65 years, the Weingart Foundation has served the underserved. The Foundation believes in inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, and especially for people and communities at greatest disadvantage. Therefore, all of our grantmaking is based on our commitment to advance social and economic equity. For us, equity means 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.

We fund nonprofit organizations working to provide greater access, resources, and opportunities in low-income communities, including those whose race, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code has prevented them from realizing the dignities and liberties all people deserve. Our primary grant program is multi-year Unrestricted Operating Support, which is our principle strategy for building organizational capacity and effectiveness.

The Weingart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations across six Southern California counties including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura. Over the past forty years, the Foundation has granted more than $950 million to support a variety of Southern California social services, educational, and community programs. Within the Foundation, we also maintain a Board of Directors and staff that reflect the diversity of Southern California. With assets over $750 million, the Foundation is proud to serve the needs of Southern California.