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April 2019 News

Announcing the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows Pilot Program

Deadline for Fellowship Applications: June 17, 2019

The Weingart Foundation is excited to launch a pilot fellowship designed to strengthen the pipeline of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Los Angeles County. The John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program seeks to build the region’s social movement infrastructure by supporting a robust network of leaders committed to realizing a long-term vision of justice and equity for all. As part of the new program, a cohort of 12 emerging leaders will be selected to engage in transformative leadership development training, peer learning and coaching over an 18-month period.

The idea for this program originated in March 2017, when our Foundation convened 170 philanthropic colleagues and nonprofit leaders for a day-long discussion on “Achieving Equity” in Southern California. Participants identified as a key action item the need to develop, support and sustain leadership for movement building. The Foundation subsequently convened an advisory group of seasoned movement builders and commissioned a study to better understand the region’s leadership development infrastructure. Based on our learnings, the Weingart Foundation is piloting the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, named after the late civic leader who began his lifelong social justice career as a student activist during the civil rights movement.

Interested candidates should apply by the deadline of June 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. Fellows will be announced by August 2019. For more information on the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, including eligibility, selection criteria and how to apply, click here.

Upcoming Webinars

Including People with Disabilities in Nonprofits and Foundations: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion

According to a recent study by RespectAbility – a national organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities – 75% of nonprofit and philanthropic respondents report they want to include people with disabilities but lack the knowledge to do so. The Weingart Foundation joins with RespectAbillity and 17 other funders and nonprofit organizations nationally to host this eight-part training series as part of our efforts to incorporate a disability justice lens throughout our grantmaking practices. The training is developed as a nuts and bolts approach to give participants step-by-step guidance on how to become more accessible to, and inclusive of, people with disabilities. Participants are welcome to join any or all sessions in the series.

Date & Time
The Disability Inclusion Webinar Series begins Wed., Nov. 6, 2019, and runs through Jan. 15, 2020.

To learn more and RSVP: https://www.respectability.org/2019/10/16-philanthropy-and-nonprofit-organizations-join-together-to-advance-access-for-people-with-disabilities/

GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Training

GuideStar, one of the country’s leading sources of information on nonprofits, is considered by many in the philanthropic community to be a key resource on information about grant applicants and grantees. However, the importance of creating and maintaining a strong profile on GuideStar is often underestimated. With this in mind, the Weingart Foundation is co-hosting with Candid (a joining of Foundation Center and GuideStar) a webinar on updating and maximizing the benefit of GuideStar profiles. The training will cover such areas as content development, identifying information most important to funders, understanding how profiles are displayed on Charity Navigator, Facebook, AmazonSmile and other partnering platforms, and understanding the value of GuideStar’s “Seal of Transparency.”

Date & Time
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 1-2 pm (PST)—to register, click here. (If you cannot attend the webinar, you may register to receive a full recording following the Dec. 10 session.)