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May 2017 News

Message from Fred Ali, President & CEO: Learnings & Next Steps From Achieving Equity Convening

The Achieving Equity convening held March 2 in Los Angeles, brought together key leaders from philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, government, business, and labor. The day elevated the importance of cross-sector dialogue around equity, and initiated a way for all of us to take collective action to uplift the communities we serve that have been marginalized for far too long. The convening was a starting point, and we were encouraged that so many participants from across sectors provided feedback on the day and ideas about how we can move forward together to advance fairness and opportunity for all people. In addition to these survey results, I’m pleased to share a report from the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy that captures the key takeaways from the convening and will also help inform our next steps. Click here to read Fred’s full President’s Message.


Message from Belen Vargas, Vice President, Programs: Protecting & Empowering Immigrant Communities

On May 1, tens of thousands of people marched in recognition of May Day and in support of immigrant and human rights. They lifted their voices during a time when fear and uncertainty has permeated many communities, as incidents of enforcement activities—including those at or near churches, courthouses, and schools—are being reported on a daily basis. During this period, we are all being called upon to examine our values and take bold action to defend and advance these values. The Weingart Foundation believes in advancing fairness and opportunity so that everyone—regardless of immigration status—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. I’m proud to share that by the end of this fiscal year, the Weingart Foundation will have made nearly $5 million in grants supporting immigrant rights and integration. Click here to read Belen’s full Vice President’s Message.