Together for justice

Fred Ali, President & CEO:
Announcing the Weingart Foundation’s F.Y. 2021 Program Plan

July 21, 2020

Fred Ali

In August 2020, I will begin my 22nd year as the President of the Weingart Foundation—and the work has never been harder.

Simply stated, we had too much inequality and injustice before the pandemic, and now we have more. COVID-19 has put deep-rooted structural racism on full display, and the disproportionate impact of the crisis on our most vulnerable and marginalized communities has been devastating.

Simultaneously, the growing and potentially transformative movements around Black lives and racial and socioeconomic justice are creating historic opportunities for change. We pledge to use our privilege, resources, and influence to address structural and systemic issues, and to deeply invest in and follow the leadership of impacted communities.

The Foundation’s immediate response to the pandemic focused on providing emergency response funding, providing direct assistance to individuals. In the current fiscal year, which started July 1, we will focus on nonprofits’ longer-term needs.

Our F.Y. 2021 Program Plan outlines our goal to distribute over $20 million in Unrestricted Operating Support grants to core partners in order to help them maintain and strengthen capacity and—most importantly—to build power. To read more, click here.