Safety Net for All
Safety Net for All
Community Coalition
Community Coalition
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy
Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy
ICIJ
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Pilipino Workers Center
Pilipino Workers Center
St. John's Well Child & Family Center
St. John's Well Child & Family Center
St. Joseph Center
St. Joseph Center
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
Downtown Women's Center
Downtown Women's Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Korean Resource Center
Korean Resource Center

The Weingart Foundation partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all.

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NEW: Five Questions for Miguel A. Santana – Interview with Inside Philanthropy

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NEW: F.Y. 2022 Program Plan

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The Path to Justice Runs Through Equity: Ending Anti-Black Racism in Los Angeles

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No Going Back L.A. releases plan for homelessness governance

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Report – No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive L.A.

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How Race, Class, and Place Fuel a Pandemic

Weingart Foundation Announces $8.9 Million in New Racial Justice Grants and Impact Investments

California Immigrant Policy Center

The Weingart Foundation is proud to announce our second round of grants and program-related investments for F.Y. 2022. This funding reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing structural racism and socioeconomic injustice throughout Southern California.

We are honored to partner with these remarkable organizations. Our nonprofit partners represent a continuum of organizations, from health and human service providers to nonprofits elevating resident voice and building power in historically oppressed communities of color. Each of these organizations is doing tremendous work to address the unprecedented challenges and rampant injustices facing our communities.

To read more about our December 2021 grants and program-related investments, and to see the full list, click here.

Key Learnings from Listening
to Frontline Organizations

Eric Medina and Sara Montrose

Eric Medina and Sara Montrose, Program Officers

By Eric Medina and Sara Montrose, Program Officers

As Weingart Foundation program officers, one of the greatest privileges of our job is the opportunity to learn from our nonprofit partners. We do this through ongoing conversations, site visits, and listening.

Listening to communities and responding to conditions is at the core of what we do. Our funding is informed by those with lived experience and direct knowledge. Hearing from those on the ground who are most directly impacted by injustice is inspiring and necessary—especially for funders sincerely committed to building an equitable and just society.

Click here to read this post from Weingart Foundation program officers Eric Medina and Sara Montrose about what we’re hearing and how funders can respond.

Board Diversity: Beyond the Numbers

Dr. Yolanda Gorman, African American Board Leadership Institute, Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD, and Vera de Vera, Weingart Foundation

Dr. Yolanda Gorman, African American Board Leadership Institute; Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD; and Vera de Vera, Weingart Foundation

Vera de Vera, who is a program director at the Weingart Foundation and leads our capacity building work, recently moderated a discussion on board diversity with Dr. Yolanda Gorman, board member and faculty of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), and Patrick Salazar, founder and executive director of Latinos for Leadership Excellence and Diversity (Latinos LEAD). In the recorded conversation, Dr. Gorman and Mr. Salazar share highlights of board diversity pilot projects their organizations implemented and lessons learned. The video offers guidance to nonprofit organizations in recruiting and supporting people of color on their boards of directors and creating a more inclusive culture within their organizations. You can find other resources on board diversity here.

Please click here to view the video and hear directly from these experts.

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

PICO California

The P.E.O.C. is committed to upholding the due process and civil rights of all immigrants, asylees and refugees. 

The Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (P.E.O.C.) was founded on the mission to provide an opportunity for day laborers, household workers, and other low-wage, immigrant workers in Pomona and the Inland Empire find safe work at a fair wage, including expanding a person’s employability by teaching new trades and skills. Beyond helping secure employment, they show people how to advocate for themselves and shape policies that impact their lives and use these organizing skills to help improve the overall conditions for all immigrant workers.

Then hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children began arriving in Pomona.

Children ranging in ages from 7 to 14 years old who had overcome unfathomable hardships traveling alone, began arriving at Fairplex in early May of this year. The children who arrived unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border were to be temporarily housed at Fairplex, which was designated a federal Emergency Intake Site (E.I.S.), as they waited to be reunited with family or placed with sponsors.

A powerful advocate for immigrants, the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center immediately mobilized.

To read the full story, click here.

Ending Anti-Black Racism in LA: A New Report and Action Plan from the Committee for Greater L.A.

Dr. Adams Kellum

Joanna Jackson, Vice President of Programs

The Weingart Foundation is proud to support the Committee for Greater L.A., a group of civic leaders that organized at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the recovery efforts prioritize LA County’s most marginalized communities.

The Committee’s Black Experience Action Team last week released its The Path to Justice Runs Through Equity: Ending Anti-Black Racism in Los Angeles report, a call to action for all with specific recommendations for addressing institutional racism.

Joanna Jackson, Vice President of Programs at the Weingart Foundation, serves on the Black Experience Action Team and has this to say about the report.

Message From Miguel A. Santana,
President & C.E.O.: Reflections and Looking Ahead—The F.Y. 2022 Program Plan

Miguel A. Santana

Miguel A. Santana

I joined the Weingart Foundation as President and C.E.O. this past January with a strong appreciation for the role the Foundation plays in combating the historic and chronic barriers that have resulted in an inequitable Southern California. Since then, my appreciation for this work—and for the extraordinary leadership of our nonprofit partners—has deepened and grown as I’ve engaged with community leaders from across the region.

Looking ahead, the Foundation’s current funding priorities will remain in place through the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Our F.Y. 2022 Program Plan builds on our existing framework and focuses on addressing structural racism and socioeconomic injustice throughout our Southern California region. To read Miguel’s full message and watch his video, click here.