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President’s Message:
LA County Moves Towards Full-Cost Funding for Nonprofits

When I was a nonprofit executive director, I was often frustrated by the fact that our grants and contracts rarely paid for the full costs of their intended work. We’ve long known that the failure to cover the full cost of work has been an ongoing and significant issue that limits nonprofit organizations’ ability to fulfill their missions and strengthen infrastructure.

On November 3, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion that recognizes the “deficiency and the unfair burden” placed on nonprofits “when the government funding they receive fails to cover the full cost of their services.” Introduced by Supervisor Hilda Solis and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the motion supports the implementation of new federal rules regarding nonprofit indirect cost payments. To read more, click here.

Fred Ali
President & CEO


Vice President’s Message:
Announcing the FY 2016 Program Plan

I am pleased to share Weingart Foundation’s FY 2016 Program Plan, which outlines our strategic grantmaking priorities for the coming fiscal year and continues to prioritize Unrestricted Operating Support as our primary grant program. In the Plan, our Board of Directors also revised our mission statement to better reflect our practice, and added a new tagline, “We serve the underserved.” Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for Foundation funding are encouraged to first review the new Program Plan for context regarding our grant guidelines. To read the FY 2016 Program Plan, click here.

Belen Vargas
Vice President, Programs