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Mission

To build a better Southern California by supporting nonprofit organizations to more effectively serve the underserved.

In order to achieve this mission and advance equity, the Foundation will use a number of different strategies:

  • Provide grants and other support designed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations working to advance fairness, inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty.
  • Give highest priority to organizations working to reduce disparities and provide greater access, resources, and opportunities in historically disadvantaged communities, including for those whose income level, race, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code has prevented them from realizing the dignities and liberties all people deserve.
  • Through our responsive and special issue area grantmaking, focus greater attention on critical issues that are associated with the growing imbalance of opportunity in Southern California, including: child welfare, immigrant integration, workforce development, criminal justice reform, re-entry, homelessness, youth development, and public education.
  • Use the Foundation’s voice, influence and resources to lead a collective effort to co-create a shared vision of equity and advances fairness, inclusion and opportunity for all in Southern California.
  • Exercise leadership on issues that strengthen and support the ability of nonprofit organizations advancing equity to achieve their missions and desired outcomes. This includes advocating for programs, policies, and services that address the needs of communities most lacking in opportunity and access.

Core Values

  • Treat people with dignity and respect.
  • Base all policy decisions on our commitment to advance social and economic equity.
  • Address the needs of low-income and underserved people and communities, particularly 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.
  • Maintain a Board of Directors and staff that reflect the Foundation’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and urge our grantees and partners to make this same commitment.
  • Respect and trust the work of our grantees.
  • Maintain responsive and flexible grantmaking.
  • Listen, assess, learn and improve.
  • Maintain openness to innovation and risk taking.
  • Use leverage and collaboration for greater impact.
  • Exercise leadership on issues of importance to the Foundation and our grantees.
  • Communicate with transparency.

Grantmaking Practice

The Weingart Foundation engages in a number of practices to strengthen and support the capacity and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector to advance equity and achieve our mission.

  • We apply an equity lens to all of our decision-making, asking how the choices we make advance social and economic equity.
  • The Foundation prioritizes multi-year Unrestricted Operating Support grants as our primary strategy for building organizational capacity and effectiveness.
  • We proactively engage in open conversations with applicants to determine the full cost of administering and delivering programs and services.
  • We strive to limit changes to our grant guidelines and reporting requirements in order to maintain consistency in approach and expectations with our grantees.
  • We strive to publish clear and complete grant guidelines and structure application and reporting requirements that are commensurate with the amount of funds to be granted.
  • We engage and listen to our grantees and applicants on a regular basis, using their feedback to continuously learn, refine and improve our grantmaking processes and practices.
  • We are committed to focusing our resources on activities that produce results.
  • We use our Learning and Assessment Framework to better understand and assess how our grantmaking and investments further the organizational effectiveness of our grantees as they work to advance social and economic equity.