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December 2018 News

An Equity Approach Across our Investments
Q&A with Tim Ortez, Vice President and CFO

The Weingart Foundation’s commitment to equity means that all our policies and practices must align with our focus on advancing fairness, inclusion and opportunity. This includes the Foundation’s investment and financial strategies, and we are currently examining how our investments can serve as another way to fulfill our mission. We are also exploring how other practices, such as how we select vendors, can be reflective of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Tim Ortez, the Foundation’s vice president and chief financial officer, shares his perspective on how our equity commitment is showing up in ways beyond our grantmaking. To read the Q&A with Tim, click here.

Survey on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy and Nonprofits

RespectAbility, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The NonProfit Times are partnering on a survey about diversity, equity and equality in nonprofit organizations and foundations. We encourage our partners to participate, as the results will be used to help advance disability inclusion in the sector by identifying what training is needed and desired. To complete the 10-minute survey, click here.

Weingart Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer

We are pleased to welcome Karren A. Lane to our team. Karren joins the Weingart Foundation as a program officer and brings over 15 years of experience in advocating for youth and organizing for social justice. As a program officer, she will work with nonprofits applying for funding. She will also lead special projects, including the Youth Organizing Capacity Building Initiative. Most recently, Karren worked as vice president of policy at Community Coalition, a community-based organization in South Central Los Angeles. She has also worked as an advocate for children and youth, including those impacted by the justice system. Karren is a graduate of UCLA and Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a law degree from the Southwestern School of Law.