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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 in the areas of health, human services, and education for people and communities who currently face the most obstacles to opportunity.
  • Give highest priority to organizations working to provide greater access, resources, and opportunities in low-income communities, including for 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.
  • Through our responsive and initiative 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, re-entry, homelessness, youth development, and public education.
  • Exercise leadership on issues that strengthen and support the ability of nonprofit organizations 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, 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.
  • Maintain a Board of Directors and staff that reflect the diversity of Southern California.
  • 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 that help strengthen and support the capacity and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector.

  • 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.
  • Whenever feasible, the Foundation looks for opportunities to leverage resources through collaboration with other private and public funders.
  • 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.
  • The Foundation is committed to focusing our resources on activities that produce results.
  • The Foundation will use our Learning and Assessment Framework to better understand and assess how our Unrestricted Operating Support program furthers the organizational effectiveness of our grantees.