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Grantees Rate the Work of the Foundation, 2018
In 2018, the Weingart Foundation conducted a comprehensive survey of grantees and applicants in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). As a part of this process, nearly 500 current Foundation grantees and recent applicants were invited to participate in a confidential online perception survey. The results of the survey give us assurance that nonprofits believe our strategies and practices are on the right track. We continue steadfast in our commitment to providing Unrestricted Operating Support to build nonprofit capacity, knowing that communities must lead the way in advancing racial and socio-economic equity. To read the summary of key findings click here; to read the full report click here.

FY 2019 & FY 2020 Program Plan Teleconference: Deepening the Foundation’s Commitment to Equity

Thanks to the over 300 participants who joined our Sept. 18, 2018 teleconference, which walked organizations through the Foundation’s FY 2019 & FY 2020 Program Plan. As outlined in the Plan, we remain steady in our commitment to providing Unrestricted Operating Support to nonprofits that advance racial, social and economic equity. As the same time, we have refined our baseline criteria for all applicants and added several new special areas of focus. [Click here for the teleconference recording and slide presentation.]

Nonprofit Partner Voices: Perceptions of the Weingart Foundation

In 2017 and 2018, the Weingart Foundation asked Harder+Company Community Research to facilitate listening sessions with its nonprofit partners. Regular feedback from the sector helps guide the Foundation as our Board of Directors and staff develop grantmaking priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Harder+Company convened four meetings in October 2017 and two in March 2018 with leaders and development staff from 31 nonprofit organizations. Participants represented a mix of longtime grantees, newer grantees, and potential applicants. This document presents key findings from those six sessions. [Read the report.]

Teleconference with the Weingart team: FY 2018 Program Plan’s Updated Grant Guidelines and Strategies

On September 7, 2017 the Weingart Foundation held a teleconference to walk through our updated grant guidelines and the highlights from the FY 2018 Program Plan. Over 400 participants joined, providing valuable feedback and asking great questions. [Click here for a the teleconference recording and slide presentation.]

Teleconference with Fred Ali: FY 2018 Planning Assumptions

On February 15, 2017 the Weingart Foundation held an open teleconference with our president and CEO, Fred Ali. Nearly 150 nonprofit leaders from across Southern California joined, sharing valuable feedback that will inform our work as we develop the Foundation’s Program Plan for the upcoming fiscal year. We greatly appreciated the high level of engagement from nonprofit leaders during this session. [Click here for a video recording of the teleconference]

Teleconference with Fred Ali: A Full Commitment to Equity, 2016

On September 27, 2016 the Weingart Foundation hosted an open teleconference with Fred Ali, our President and CEO, focused on our recently announced commitment to advancing social and economic equity. Nearly 200 participants attended, and we appreciated the many questions and comments. We look forward to continuing to engage with nonprofits and community members as we work toward this full and long-term commitment to base all of our policy and program decisions on achieving the goal to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians-especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. [Click here for a full recording of the teleconference]

Conference Call with Grantees and Fred Ali, 2015

On January 22, 2015 Weingart Foundation hosted a conference call between current grantees and Fred Ali, our President and CEO, in order to get feedback from nonprofits as we develop our FY 2016 Program Plan. Over 200 grantees participated in the call, sharing their perspectives on the issues they face, as well as the ways in which the Foundation can continue to support them to be more effective and achieve greater impact. We greatly appreciated our grantees’ candid and thoughtful comments, and look forward to engaging in more opportunities for dialogue in the future. [Read highlights from the call]

Assessing the JCF-Weingart San Diego Pilot Program, 2014

After several years of direct grantmaking in San Diego County through our Small Grant Program, in 2013 Weingart Foundation began a collaboration with the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego (JCF) to manage our San Diego grantmaking. This report from the University of San Diego’s Caster Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research assesses grantee and applicant satisfaction with the new JCF-Weingart Grant Program, which held its pilot grant cycle from January–June 2014. The evaluation found that the JCF-Weingart Grant Program is reaching its intended goals by providing access to a countywide resource for unrestricted funding to small nonprofits and by promoting high standards for customer service in the grantmaking process. In addition, respondents provided suggestions for clarifying program guidelines and facilitating the online application process that will be incorporated into future grantmaking cycles. [Read the report]

Comprehensive Grantee Feedback, 2013

In September and October 2013, Weingart Foundation conducted a comprehensive survey of grantees and applicants in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). As a part of this process, over 700 current Weingart Foundation grantees and recent applicants were invited to participate in a confidential online perception survey. Partnering with CEP provided the Foundation with benchmarking and comparative data from more than 250 funders and 40,000+ grantees in the CEP database. The results of this comprehensive survey are encouraging, providing the Foundation with assurance that our focus on providing multi-year core support is helping to build grantees’ organizational and programmatic capacity -- and that our staff and grant review processes are working effectively for nonprofits. In addition, some findings are prompting reflection at the Foundation and causing us to consider modest adjustments to our practice. [Read the report]

Grantee Feedback on the Regular Grant Program, 2012

In 2012, Weingart Foundation released the results of a survey of grantees and applicants to Weingart Foundation’s Regular Grant Program. This survey was conducted in March and April 2012 and was the third survey of our Regular Grant Program within an eighteen month period. These assessments are important components of our ongoing efforts to solicit feedback on our work as well as to understand issues and concerns faced by the nonprofit communities we serve. [Read the report]

Grantee Feedback Report, 2011

In March 2011, Weingart Foundation asked Learning Partnerships to survey the nonprofits that submitted applications to the Regular Grant Program (representative of grants over $25,000). The survey represents grantees over a three-month period. Surveys were timed to reach grantees and applicants while their experience was still fresh – and the initial excitement over receiving the grant had begun to diminish. [Read the report]

Grantee Feedback on the Small Grant Program, 2010

Weingart Foundation’s Small Grant Program (representative of one-year grants of $25,000 or less), offers an important resource to Southern California nonprofits by making philanthropic dollars available to organizations that may be too small to qualify for the Foundation’s Regular Grant Program. These modest-sized grants serve as “stepping stones” to build nonprofit capacity. In 2010, the Foundation contracted with Learning Partnerships in to survey its Small Grant Program applicants. [Read the report]