Together for justice

Standing Together for a Just and Inclusive California:
An Open Letter from California Philanthropic Organizations

July 9, 2020

The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis and the murders of Black Americans by police have laid bear deep inequities across California. The Weingart Foundation joins with 30+ philanthropic organizations and dozens of labor, community organizing, faith-based, policy, research, and academic leaders to stand together for a just and inclusive California. This effort urges the prioritization of key issues—health, justice, immigrants, workers, education and housing—as the state makes critical budget decisions. Click here to read the open letter.

Fred Ali, President & CEO, and Joanna Jackson, VP, Programs:
Silence is Betrayal

June 1, 2020

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Across the nation, Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and white community members are saying their names—with grief, pain, and outrage. We are struggling with feelings of anger, disappointment, and often hopelessness.

This is no time for philanthropy to be silent. Over the past week, thousands of people marched peacefully to protest a system that enacts daily violence against communities. The Weingart Foundation stands with the youth, families, and community members who are raising their voices and putting their own bodies on the line to demand justice. To read more, click here.

Unrestricted Operating Support Will Help Nonprofits Weather the COVID-19 Crisis

May 28, 2020

In May 2020, the Weingart Foundation awarded 28 grants totaling $2.7 million through our Unrestricted Operating Support (U.O.S.) program. The U.O.S. grants span our five-county Southern California service area and include support for frontline service providers as well as nonprofits engaged in advocacy and organizing. Going forward, we strongly believe that unrestricted funding continues to be the best way to support nonprofit organizations as they respond and adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. To read more, click here.

Committee for a Greater Los Angeles Will Inform COVID-19 Response and Recovery

May 11, 2020

As communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis, a new foundation-inspired effort will inform the roadmap for a just recovery. The Committee for a Greater Los Angeles is a collaboration between philanthropy, nonprofits, business, labor, Los Angeles City and County, other L.A. cities, and researchers from UCLA and USC. The committee plans to issue a report in August that will draw on key data regarding disparate impacts in vulnerable communities, identify critical issues, and make recommendations for action. In the meantime, researchers have released data and analysis in order to inform current decision-making. To read more, click here.

Fred Ali, President & CEO:

March 16, 2020

Fred Ali

First, thank you to the nonprofit organizations and frontline providers who are doing critical work to inform, protect and advocate for communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that groups are engaging in these efforts on top of their existing work in order to respond to community need. Organizations are facing financial uncertainty and strain in the midst of canceled fundraising events and general economic volatility. Many groups also may not have the privilege to work remotely or shut their doors given the nature of their programs and limits on their resources.

The Weingart Foundation is closely monitoring developments in order to best support our nonprofit partners and the communities they serve. This update outlines the latest in terms of our plans and operations. We’ll continue to share new information as the situation evolves. To read more, click here.