The Weingart Foundation partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all.
OF SPECIAL INTEREST
NEW: The Committee for Greater LA releases research on Angeleno attitudes on homelessness.
NEW: F.Y. 2022 Program Plan
The Path to Justice Runs Through Equity: Ending Anti-Black Racism in Los Angeles
No Going Back L.A. releases plan for homelessness governance
Report – No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive L.A.
How Race, Class, and Place Fuel a Pandemic
Feedback from Our Grant Partners: 2021 Survey Findings
Listening and responsiveness to the field are core values for our foundation and an integral part of our approach to advancing racial justice. To help inform our work, we regularly engage the Center for Effective Philanthropy (C.E.P.) to conduct a survey of grant partners, inviting candid and actionable feedback from nonprofits we support.
Key Takeaways from the Feedback Survey:
- Partners value our commitment to racial equity. Over 80% of the partners surveyed made a change related to racial equity as a result of working with us.
- Partners share thar our unrestricted, flexible and multi-year funding is critical for building organizational capacity, improving outcomes and impact, providing financial stability, and enhancing their ability to respond to emerging needs and opportunities. They encourage us to continue to provide unrestricted operating support, multi-year grants, and to make larger investments.
- Partners appreciate our more streamlined processes, spending a median of 20 hours across all requirements over the grant period, a shorter amount than is typical with most funders.
- Partners also shared that we have an opportunity to bring more clarity to our grantmaking process and further deepen our connection to community partners.
To delve deeper into the insights we gained through the survey and to share more about our grantmaking process, we created this video featuring Joyce Ybarra, our Director of Grant Operations, in conversation with Patricia Watkins, who is part of our team of program officers. Please visit our website to learn more about the survey findings and to access a full copy of the report.
Rolling Back Progress: Why SCOTUS Decisions Matter
While our nonprofit partners bring me hope, I know that many of us who are committed to social justice have felt grief and despair as we witness what feels like the roll back of civil rights across the country, particularly from recent rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). As these feelings creep up, I remind myself of this phrase popularized by organizer Mariame Kaba, “Hope is a discipline.”
The Weingart Foundation Invests Over $8.7 Million to Nonprofits Advancing Racial Justice
Trans Latin@ Coalition
The Weingart Foundation recently awarded 64 grants totaling over $8.7 million to organizations advancing racial justice, providing critical services, and building political power in underserved communities. Half of the grantees are new partners reflecting our intentional effort to deepen reach with emerging organizations and those led by Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC). This round of funding completes a fiscal year where we deepened our racial justice work.
Message from Board Chair Aileen Adams and President and C.E.O. Miguel A. Santana: Welcoming Our New Board Members
Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, founder and C.E.O. of G3 Ventures; Michael Tubbs, founder of EPIC; Jacqueline Waggoner, President, Solutions Division, Enterprise Community Partners
With innovative leadership on impact investing, alleviating poverty, and creating affordable housing solutions, these leaders each bring lived experience and a range of expertise that will further our mission. We look forward to working with them. Read more about our new Board members here.
Weingart Foundation Board Chair
Miguel A. Santana
Weingart Foundation President and C.E.O.