Formally started in 2009, Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Program brings together nonprofit leaders in an extensive training program that works to shift the way nonprofit executives and board members serve their organizations. By investing in both the staff and board leadership of nonprofits, Alchemy supports these organizations’ ability to deliver high quality services to the region’s most vulnerable constituents. The Weingart Foundation sponsors an Alchemy participant annually with a capacity building grant of up to $10,000 upon successful completion of the program. The Foundation also participates in Alchemy Gold, a network of 17 regional grantmakers that gathers quarterly to learn, share and strategize about practices that strengthen the nonprofit sector of Los Angeles. For more information, visit the Alchemy website.
California Executive Roundtable
A number of California funders left the Weingart Foundation’s 2017 Achieving Equity convening committed to systematically come together around a shared vision of justice and opportunity. In 2017, the Foundation formally created the California Executive Roundtable: a group of 16 foundation leaders from across the state focused on sharing best practices and taking aligned action to advance equity. The Roundtable met for the first time in February 2018, and has begun identifying goals and areas of collective interest. We look forward to sharing additional information as Roundtable discussions progress.
Equity Program Coordination Workgroup
Since May 2017, the Weingart Foundation has regularly convened key stakeholders to strategize how the use of data and ongoing analysis can effectively guide shared strategy, support advocacy, and measure progress toward equity. This group includes USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Southern California Grantmakers and others who are working to identify data-driven approaches of mutual interest and benefit to our respective constituents. The working goal of this group is to support and expand cross-sectoral strategies that link inclusive economic development, civic engagement, and equity so as to bridge racial, gender, and other gaps in outcomes and opportunities in Southern California.
Home For Good
Led by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Home For Good is an initiative of over 30 public and private funders to invest in permanent solutions to homelessness in LA County. Through this initiative, the Home For Good Funders Collaborative has collectively committed more than $33.5 million in philanthropic funds, which has leveraged over $1 billion in public resources to date. These funds have been used to provide permanent supportive housing to thousands of chronically homeless individuals in LA County. As a member of the Collaborative, the Weingart Foundation has made $4 million in grants since 2011 in support of this initiative. For additional information, visit the Home For Good website.
LA n Sync
Founded in 2012 and housed at the California Community Foundation, LA n Sync is an evolving partnership that brings together Greater Los Angeles’ academic, civic, nonprofit, business and philanthropic sectors to pursue major national funding opportunities. Its focus on collective action works to position Los Angeles as one of the nation’s most compelling destinations for investment. The Weingart Foundation participates as an active member of LA n Sync’s Bell Commission, a volunteer leadership council drawn from all sectors. For more information, including funding opportunities and criteria for support, visit the LA n Sync website.
Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI) is a funder collaborative of 12 foundations that was cofounded by the Weingart Foundation in 2012 and supports the cost of consultant-led facilitation of strategic restructuring negotiations between two or more organizations. NSI has supported over 100 nonprofits engaged in partnership negotiations resulting in a number of completed collaborations and mergers. NSI funding is currently available for organizations ready to move into structured discussions aimed at developing a strategic partnership (e.g. administrative consolidation, program consolidation, mergers). To apply for NSI funding, and for more information, visit the California Community Foundation website.
PropelNext California Initiative
The California PropelNext capacity building initiative is a three year funder collaborative that aims to improve the outcomes of at-risk youth. The collaborative consists of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Sobrato Family Foundation and the Weingart Foundation. The initiative is working with a cohort of 15 California youth-serving nonprofit organizations to develop the mastery to use and apply data for ongoing learning and improvement. To learn more, visit the PropelNext website.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation-Los Angeles
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. In 2017, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation initiated 14 multi-sector TRHT collaboratives across the country. TRHT seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism—the main one being the belief in a “hierarchy of human value.” In Los Angeles, TRHT-LA is coordinated by Southern California Grantmakers in a new and developing multi-faceted partnership of philanthropy, nonprofits, government, business and other community partners. For more information, visit the TRHT-LA website.