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GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF FOCUS

The Weingart Foundation funds throughout our five-county region of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

We also prioritize two historically under-resourced communities of color: South Los Angeles and the Southeast Cities of Los Angeles County. Our goal is to bring additional resources to strengthen the capacity and availability of nonprofit resources to advance racial, social and economic justice in these regions. Our current goals and strategies in these areas are outlined below.

NOTE: Organizations serving our geographic areas of focus may submit letters of inquiry for Unrestricted Operating Support at any time. Organizations seeking other types of support should first contact a member of our program staff. Please review our grant guidelines for information on how to apply.

South Los Angeles

Goal: To build and strengthen nonprofit capacity while also promoting economic growth strategies aimed at creating new or expanded services and employment for the most vulnerable in South Los Angeles.

Our strategies are to:

  • Deepen our engagement in the region to identify needs, opportunities, and key organizations for support.

  • Invest in anchor organizations prepared for strategic and qualitative growth.

  • Support organizations that serve as nexus points for African American and Latino coalition building.

  • Support and build local indigenous leadership, including youth organizing.

  • Investigate and when appropriate, invest in strategies that promote sustainable economic growth, job creation, and workforce development.

  • Continue our partnership and learning with MLK Community Hospital in support of the Foundation’s five-year, $7.5 million grant to build the MLK Community Medical Group and address the severe physician shortage in South Los Angeles.

  • Strengthen the effectiveness of key nonprofits that will bring new or expanded services to the MLK Medical Campus focused on vulnerable populations.

  • Support strategic, community-developed and led collaborations. This includes continued support to build the infrastructure of SLATE-Z (South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone) and capacity building support for key SLATE-Z partner organizations.

  • Explore the development of a community-led and informed collaborative focused on improving educational outcomes for low-income youth in Watts.

Southeast Cities of Los Angeles County

Goal: Guided by the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative Strategic Plan, our goal is to build and strengthen nonprofit capacity and civic engagement in the Southeast region of L.A. County. These communities include Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Southgate, Vernon and Walnut Park.

Our strategies are to:

  • Deepen our engagement in the region to identify needs, opportunities, and key organizations for support.

  • Continue our partnership and learning with the SELA Collaborative, in support of the Foundation’s three-year $1.5 million grant for the implementation of SELA’s strategic plan.

  • Continue building the SELA Collaborative infrastructure.

  • Support the individual capacity needs of key SELA nonprofits engaged in equity-driven work, including organizations not part of the SELA Collaborative.

  • Support the civic engagement of residents to build community voice, leadership and power to affect long-lasting and positive change in the region.

  • Support and build local indigenous leadership, including the development of a collaborative strategy to strengthen youth organizing in the region.

  • Deepen our engagement in the region to continue to identify needs, opportunities, and key organizations for support.

  • Support and disseminate research to understand the regional nonprofit sector and identify opportunities for investment, including strategies that promote sustainable individual and regional economic growth.