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March 2016 News

Vice President’s Message From Belen Vargas 
Grants in Focus: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

The Weingart Foundation provides over 300 grants a year, all of them to nonprofit organizations working in underserved communities. In its own way, each grant tells a powerful story that sheds light on the people and issues the Foundation cares deeply about. We will be sharing some of these stories periodically in order to highlight the critical work of our grantees as well as to illuminate different aspects of our grantmaking. In this Vice President’s Message, I am pleased to focus on a 2015 grant to St. John’s Well Child and Family Center to launch an innovative system of care for unaccompanied refugee children. To read more, click here.

Annual Grantmaking Report

We are pleased to share this year’s grantmaking report, which summarizes our FY 2015 grants and provides a look at our activities for the first half of FY 2016. This document is developed each year as part of the Foundation’s efforts to regularly analyze our grantmaking in order to learn, refine and plan. Looking at the data for FY 2015, it is clear that our unrestricted grants remained in high demand and provided critical dollars to support nonprofit effectiveness. We also saw high demand for capital support. Demand for special project grants was limited, with most nonprofits preferring unrestricted funding. So far, FY 2016 is showing a similar trajectory. To read the full report, click here.

California Earned Income Tax Credit

The Weingart Foundation is supporting outreach and education efforts regarding the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which is available for the first time this tax season. The CalEITC is a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. This year, it could boost income for an estimated 600,000 eligible families throughout the state. We encourage nonprofit organizations to help spread the word among the communities you serve. For more information about the CalEITC, including tools for nonprofits, please click here.