The Weingart Foundation Board of Directors Welcomes New Board Members Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, Michael Tubbs, and Jacqueline Waggoner

The new Board members bring a deep commitment to racial justice and experience driving solutions that advance racial equity.

April 20, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, welcomes Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, founder and C.E.O. of G3 Ventures; Michael Tubbs, founder of EPIC and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and former Mayor of Stockton; and Jacqueline Waggoner, President, Solutions Division, Enterprise Community Partners, to the Board of Directors.

“The Board is delighted to welcome these new members, all of whom have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to racial justice,” said Aileen Adams, Chair of the Weingart Foundation Board. “These talented and committed leaders will add valuable expertise, powerful lived experiences, and a deep understanding of the communities we serve. We look forward to working with them.”

“As changemakers and visionary leaders, our new Board members will add tremendous insight to the Weingart Foundation Board,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “Individually, they each have a track record of advancing racial justice. Their innovative leadership on impact investing, alleviating poverty, and creating affordable housing solutions will advance the Foundation’s work.”

Katie Nguyen Kalvoda is the founder and C.E.O. of G3 Ventures, a social enterprise specializing in innovative philanthropy, impact investments, and community advocacy. She is a Board member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation and an appointed member of the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. Kalvoda, who lives in Orange County, is a long-time advocate for progressive values in the A.A.P.I. community and serves on the boards of A.A.P.I. Victory Fund and A.A.P.I. Victory Alliance.

Michael Tubbs is the founder of EPIC (End Poverty in California), the founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, and Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility. In 2016, he was elected Mayor of Stockton at 26 years old. He was the city’s first African American mayor, and the youngest mayor of any major city in American history. He piloted the first mayor-led guaranteed income pilot in the country.

Jacqueline Waggoner is President, Solutions Division, at Enterprise Community Partners, one of the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofits. From her work on the ground in hundreds of communities nationwide, to advocating for affordable housing at the highest levels of government, Waggoner leads the company’s programmatic, policy and advisory work in alignment with its strategic priorities: increasing the housing supply, advancing racial equity, and building upward mobility and resilience. She has served on a number of public, nonprofit and coalition Boards, including the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission (chair) and its Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness (chair).

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

Weingart March Round of Funding & Invitation to Meet L.A. Candidates

ProjectQ

The Weingart Foundation Awards Over $14 Million to Organizations Committed to Advancing Racial Justice

The Weingart Foundation is proud to announce our second round of grants and program-related investments for F.Y. 2022. This funding reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing structural racism and socioeconomic injustice throughout Southern California.

The Weingart Foundation announces our third round of grants and program-related investments for F.Y. 2022. We provided 62 grants and one program-related investment, all totaling over $14 million, to organizations addressing systemic racism, and providing critical services to communities in need.

These funds promote strong and healthy communities by investing in BIPOC leadership, collective healing, and essential services to those most impacted by systemic racism.

To read more about our 2022 grants and program-related investments, and to see the full list, click here.

The Weingart Foundation is Proud to Support the Committee for Greater L.A.’s Voter Education Initiative

The Committee for Greater L.A. and Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) are partnering to provide in-depth multiplatform coverage and education on L.A. County civics, giving residents the tools and information to participate in our elections. We’re proud to join The Conrad N. HIlton Foundation as partners in support of this effort.

We invite you to join a series of live-streamed, one-on-one conversations with candidates for the mayoral and County Board of Supervisors races ahead of the primary elections in June 2022.

See the full schedule and register here.

The Weingart Foundation Awards Over $14 Million To Organizations Committed To Advancing Racial Justice

These funds promote strong and healthy communities by investing in BIPOC leadership, collective healing, and essential services to those most impacted by systemic racism.

March 31, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, awards 62 grants and one program-related investment, all totaling over $14 million to organizations addressing systemic racism, and providing critical services to communities in need. The Foundation also prioritizes three areas of special interest: housing justice, immigrant and refugee rights and integration, and nonprofit capacity building, by partnering with organizations working in these spaces. The majority of this round of funding, 79 percent, provides unrestricted operating support to 51 non-profit partners and power-building coalitions working on advancing racial justice in Southern California. Of these, 85% are BIPOC-led organizations, one-third of which are Black-led.

“We are proud of the work of our community partners to end systemic racism and to respond to the disparities that it produces,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and CEO, the Weingart Foundation. “The Foundation stands with our partners by investing in their leadership and organizational resilience. We know that when they thrive, our communities thrive. Together, we can advance racial justice.”

Forty percent of the nonprofits receiving funding are first-time partners, consistent with the Foundation’s equitable approach of working in communities to learn about and identify non-profits leading impactful work. For example, in South Los Angeles, the foundation awarded grants to three new partners that are Black-led organizations focused on supporting at-risk or systems-involved youth. The Foundation also welcomes three new partners focused on supporting the BIPOC LGBTQIA+ community with leadership development, self-empowerment, and social services.

“LGBTQAI+ youth need safe spaces that celebrate and affirm who they are. With the support from the foundation, ProjectQ will be able to further its mission of supporting LGBTQA+ youth facing homelessness through workshops, job opportunities, and services that build confidence and self-empowerment,” said Madin Lopez, Founder and Executive Director, ProjectQ, a new Weingart Foundation partner.

In step with the Foundation’s focus on supporting ecosystems that support civic engagement and power building in communities of color, this round of funding continues investments to emerging organizations in Orange County and the Inland Empire, while also including new partners. These nonprofits are part of local coalitions such as the Black Equity Initiative, the Inland Empire Redistricting Coalition, the Orange County Opportunity Initiative, the People’s Redistricting Alliance, and the American Network of Services for Afghan Refugees. These coalitions are working to empower BIPOC youth, voters, and community members to help shape the future of their communities.

The Foundation also approved a program-related investment (below market rate loan) to A Community of Friends for $750,000 for up to six years in support of their innovative approach to build supportive housing faster and more cost-effectively for people who are unhoused with mental illnesses.

“On behalf of the Weingart Board, we are honored to partner with such effective grassroots organizations working so hard to meet essential needs in their communities. We are also proud of our partnerships with coalitions building power in traditionally disenfranchised neighborhoods,” said Aileen Adams, the Weingart Foundation Board Chair. “Our partners’ dedication to providing critical services–and to structural change–inspires us every day.”

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

Message from Miguel A. Santana, President and C.E.O.: Celebrating Partnerships

February 22, 2022

We want to celebrate the relationships we are deepening with partners that are using bold ideas and bringing positive change in their communities.

With our partners, we are advancing in three areas that are important to us.

  • We support nonprofit organizations filling the gaps of inequity created by unjust systems;
  • We strengthen collaboratives and organizations working together to increase the positive impact they can have;
  • And we advance big ideas that bring about long term solutions to our region’s toughest challenges.

When it comes to big ideas, we continue to champion bold solutions to homelessness including through our work on The Committee for Greater LA, a group of civic leaders with the shared vision of using the pandemic recovery as an opportunity to advance a more equitable Los Angeles. The Committee recently released research exploring attitudes Angelenos have on the issues of homelessness. Read about what voters are saying in this L.A. Times article and watch the webinar where The Committee shared the findings. Voters have not given up on finding a solution to homelessness in Los Angeles and neither have we.

While we do a lot of work in the core Los Angeles region, our work and partnerships extend throughout Southern California. In this video, I highlight some of the work our new partners are leading. You’ll also meet:

  • Julissa Peña, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center
  • Torie Weinston-Serdan P.h.D., Chief Visionary Officer at Youth Mentoring Action Network
  • Norberto Santana Jr. Editor-in-Chief, Voice of O.C., and
  • Yongsuk “Jesse” Lee, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Street Company.

We look forward to working with these partners and many others as we advance social, racial, and economic equity together.

Miguel A. Santana
President & C.E.O.

The Weingart Foundation Contributes More Than $8.9 Million to Organizations Building Power in Communities of Color

Investments bolster nonprofit infrastructure, strengthen social justice ecosystems, and drive systems changes in historically oppressed communities.

December 8, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, awards 57 grants totaling more than $8.9 million in investments supporting the infrastructure, capacity, and impact of social justice organizations across Southern California. Using an initiative-taking approach with program managers actively engaging with nonprofits on the frontlines of social change, the Foundation’s second round of funding for Fiscal Year 2022 invests in a diverse group of organizations from those offering basic health and human services to those elevating the voices and power of historically marginalized neighborhoods.

“We are proud to be a resource and partner for organizations committed to racial and economic justice, and that are best positioned to serve families with an array of critical services from housing, healthcare, education, and more,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and CEO, the Weingart Foundation. “This collection of partners is using bold and intersectional strategies to build and wield power—from social services and advocacy to coalition building and narrative change. We are committed to supporting their efforts and to the transformational change that will be achieved through their resolve.”

In addition to these grants, the Weingart Foundation is providing Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), a national affordable housing intermediary, with a $1MM Project Related Investment (PRI) loan to support the organization’s Equitable Path Forward Initiative for BIPOC Developers creating affordable housing in communities of color. The Weingart capital will specifically support the development of affordable housing in the Foundation’s five-county region of Southern California.

“With Weingart’s significant investment, Enterprise will help address the glaring gap of culturally competent providers of affordable housing. Too often, insufficient or onerous financing restrictions exclude developers of color from pursuing opportunities to build good homes with affordable rents,” said Lori Chatman, President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund. “This investment will increase access to capital while expanding the capacity and helping to grow the pipelines of housing providers of color.”

The majority of the Weingart Foundation’s grants in this funding cycle (65%) provide nonprofits with unrestricted operating support allowing organizations the flexibility to invest in areas such as fund development, staff support, and infrastructure. Over half of the unrestricted grants support organizations in Los Angeles, including four first-time partners, filling critical gaps in services to unhoused residents outside of the Los Angeles Metro region. These new partners are all BIPOC-led organizations with leadership and solutions strongly shaped by people with lived experience.

The Weingart Foundation’s grantmaking approach relies on program managers that work closely with organizations to understand their strengths and uncover opportunities where the Foundation can add value, especially to advance racial equity. For example, some of the Weingart partnering organizations plan to augment their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by building organizational capacity in cross-racial solidarity work. Similarly, many partners will leverage their Weingart funds to further power building work in emerging social justice ecosystems such as those forming in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

This cycle of funding continues to advance the Foundation’s areas of special interest including supporting immigrant and refugee integration, housing justice, and youth organizing. Of note, the Foundation provided $300,000 to organizations supporting the resettlement of Afghan families to California after the US Military withdrawal of Afghanistan earlier this year. This support is especially urgent given the previous Administration’s reduction in federal support to refugee-serving agencies. With Weingart staff proactively identifying ways to uplift organizations advancing equity, nearly 25% of the organizations receiving unrestricted grants are first-time grantees and nearly three-quarters of all organizations receiving unrestricted grants are BIPOC led.

“The Weingart Board is pleased to approve this round of investments that builds on the long-lasting partnership we’ve formed with the region’s leading social justice organizations,” said Aileen Adams, Chair of the Board, The Weingart Foundation. “We are also proud to form new relationships with innovative partners that reflect Southern California’s rich diversity and that are leading bold and creative solutions to dismantle systemic racism and promote justice.”

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.