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November 2011 News

Weingart Foundation Launches New Website
We are pleased to announce that our November 2011 News coincides with the launch of the Weingart Foundation’s all-new website. In addition to a completely new look, the site now includes a number of additional features, as well as what we hope to be a more intuitive and user-friendly experience overall.

Highlights of the new site include a home page that now incorporates a “Search” function, a “President’s Message” and “Of Special Interest,” which contains new information on our sector. Our “Resources” section includes capacity building information and updates, the California Human Development Report and a more streamlined navigation that makes it simpler for users to find the information they need. The site also includes our recent addition, “What We Are Learning,” underscoring the Foundation’s commitment to examining the impact of our work, and sharing our lessons learned with the nonprofit and philanthropic community.

We hope you enjoy the new site. Please take some time to explore the site— and, as always—we welcome your feedback.

Evaluation of the Weingart and The California Wellness Foundations’ Regranting Project to Liberty Hill Foundation

In 2009, the Weingart and The California Wellness Foundations co-funded a regranting project totaling $2 million over two years to the Liberty Hill Foundation. The project was focused on providing capacity building grants and technical assistance to small (less than $2 million annual operating budgets), grassroots, minority-led organizations in Los Angeles County.

Recently, an evaluation report from Harder+Company was released that assesses the impact of the $2 million grants on both Liberty Hill and the 42 small nonprofits that received funding and technical assistance. The report indicates that this type of regranting project can have significant positive outcomes for small, grassroots nonprofits that primarily serve ethnic minority communities.

Based on Liberty Hill’s performance, the foundations have both made additional grants of $500,000 for two more years. In addition, both foundations are encouraged to use this type of regranting to reach small, grassroots nonprofits for capacity building activities.

Click here to read the full report.

New San Diego County Small Grant Program Online Application
Building on the Weingart Foundation’s grantmaking presence in San Diego County, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new online application. The new San Diego County Small Grant Program online application is a result of our continuing efforts as a responsive grantmaker to help streamline the Foundation’s grantmaking processes—and continue to simplify the process for applicants. We hope our applicants find the new online process to be clear, manageable and more efficient.

The application deadline for the San Diego County Small Grant Program is January 27, 2012. Click here for complete San Diego County Small Grant Program funding guidelines and online application instructions.

Staff Promotions and Addition at Weingart Foundation
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Joanna Jackson to the position of Director of Special Projects. In her new role, Joanna will manage the Foundation’s grant assessment work, research projects, website and communications, and will also monitor existing special grants and projects. She will also serve as Program Officer, primarily focused on special grant opportunities. Since joining the Weingart Foundation in 2008, Joanna has held the positions of Program Associate and, most recently, Program Director, where she was primarily responsible for the management of the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. Joanna came to Weingart Foundation with more than 10 years of nonprofit and grantmaking experience, having worked most recently at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and The California Endowment. Joanna will report to Belen Vargas, Vice President, Grant Operations.

We are also pleased to announce the promotion of Vy Nguyen to the position of Program Director. In her new role, Vy’s primary responsibility will be the management of the Foundation’s Small Grant Program including the supervision of three Program Associates. She will also serve as a Program Officer for the Regular Grant Program. Vy began with Weingart Foundation as a Program Associate in September 2008, serving as one of two primary staff persons responsible for reviewing and analyzing grant applications through the Foundation’s Small Grant Program; she also played a pivotal role in developing and implementing the recent changes to this program. Vy came to the Weingart Foundation with 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, having worked most recently with the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the LAUSD Board of Education. Vy will report to the Director of Special Projects, Joanna Jackson.

In addition, we are pleased to welcome Patricia Rivera, who joined the Weingart Foundation as a Program Associate in October 2011. Patricia is primarily responsible for reviewing requests through the Small Grant Program and brings to the Foundation more than 10 years of nonprofit experience in the Los Angeles community. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patricia was Associate Director for the National Council of La Raza California and Far West Regional Health Initiative. She has also worked as Manager of Community Health Initiatives at the American Cancer Society and as a Program Specialist at the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center. Patricia has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Southern California and also holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management.