Update from The Weingart Foundation

Feedback from Our Grant Partners: 2021 Survey Findings

Listening and responsiveness to the field are core values for our foundation and an integral part of our approach to advancing racial justice. To help inform our work, we regularly engage the Center for Effective Philanthropy (C.E.P.) to conduct a survey of grant partners, inviting candid and actionable feedback from nonprofits we support.

Key Takeaways from the Feedback Survey:

  • Partners value our commitment to racial equity. Over 80% of the partners surveyed made a change related to racial equity as a result of working with us.
  • Partners share thar our unrestricted, flexible and multi-year funding is critical for building organizational capacity, improving outcomes and impact, providing financial stability, and enhancing their ability to respond to emerging needs and opportunities. They encourage us to continue to provide unrestricted operating support, multi-year grants, and to make larger investments.
  • Partners appreciate our more streamlined processes, spending a median of 20 hours across all requirements over the grant period, a shorter amount than is typical with most funders.
  • Partners also shared that we have an opportunity to bring more clarity to our grantmaking process and further deepen our connection to community partners.

To delve deeper into the insights we gained through the survey and to share more about our grantmaking process, we created this video featuring Joyce Ybarra, our Director of Grant Operations, in conversation with Patricia Watkins, who is part of our team of program officers. Please visit our website to learn more about the survey findings and to access a full copy of the report.

New: Read Program Officer Anthony Ng’s Perspective Piece “Rolling Back Progress: Why SCOTUS Decisions Matter”

The Weingart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the pursuit of social change. Like many of our partners, we are concerned about the direction SCOTUS. is taking and the deep implications these rulings have that disproportionally affect BIPOC, L.G.B.T.Q.+, immigrant, and marginalized communities. Read more about why SCOTUS decisions matter.

Meet Our New Program Officer, Anthony Ng and Join Us for the Immigration Summit (June 1 – 2)

Anthony Ng

Meet Anthony Ng, Our New Program Officer

Anthony Ng (he/they) is a long-time advocate for immigrant rights stemming from his lived experience as one of 800,000 people eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His background in community organizing and dedication to social justice brought him to the Weingart Foundation as a participant of the first cohort of the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows, a Weingart program that strengthens racial justice leaders and the movement building infrastructure in our region.

We are excited to see Anthony continue this work in social justice as our new program officer for special projects and communication, where he focuses on our areas of special interest including immigrant/refugee integration and rights, housing justice, and strengthening nonprofit effectiveness.

Learn more about Anthony Ng, in this video interview with Program Director Vera de Vera.

Join us for the 2022 Immigration Summit (June 1-2) at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The Weingart Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2022 Immigration Summit, an in-person summit featuring bold campaigns that are building immigrant power, visionaries looking at the future of immigrant justice and new data on the state of immigrants in LA. The conference is co-sponsored by the California Community Foundation, Immigrants Are LA, and USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute.

Register today!

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

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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.

December 2021 News

Weingart Foundation Announces $8.9 Million in New Racial Justice Grants and Impact Investments

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.

We are honored to partner with these remarkable organizations. Our nonprofit partners represent a continuum of organizations, from health and human service providers to nonprofits elevating resident voice and building power in historically oppressed communities of color. Each of these organizations is doing tremendous work to address the unprecedented challenges and rampant injustices facing our communities.

To read more about our December 2021 grants and program-related investments, and to see the full list, click here.

November 2021 News

As we enter the season of giving thanks, we want to express our appreciation to all dedicated to advancing racial equity and social justice. The Weingart Foundation stands with you. In line with our commitment to inclusivity, we are highlighting two efforts confirming the power of listening.

It takes intentional effort to seek out diverse voices and more importantly, to act on what you hear. We recently sought the input of key nonprofit organizations building power and providing critical services, as well as expert sources on the importance of including people of color on nonprofit boards. We hope the following helps inform your work as it has ours.

Key Learnings from Listening to Frontline Organizations

Eric Medina and Sara Montrose

Eric Medina and Sara Montrose, Program Officers

Earlier this year our program officers reached out to community leaders throughout Southern California for a series of listening sessions. Listening to communities and responding to their needs is at the core of what we do.

Leaders shared how they are addressing the mental health crisis, educational inequities, homelessness and housing needs, food insecurity, and health care gaps—all laid bare by the pandemic. They also shared about their inspiring work to advance racial justice and systems change.

Click here to read this post from Weingart Foundation program officers Eric Medina and Sara Montrose about what we’re hearing and how funders can respond.

Board Diversity: Beyond the Numbers

Dr. Yolanda Gorman, African American Board Leadership Institute, Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD, and Vera de Vera, Weingart Foundation

Dr. Yolanda Gorman, African American Board Leadership Institute; Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD; and Vera de Vera, Weingart Foundation

Vera de Vera, who is a program director at the Weingart Foundation and leads our capacity building work, recently moderated a discussion on board diversity with Dr. Yolanda Gorman, board member and faculty of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), and Patrick Salazar, founder and executive director of Latinos for Leadership Excellence and Diversity (Latinos LEAD). In the recorded conversation, Dr. Gorman and Mr. Salazar share highlights of board diversity pilot projects their organizations implemented and lessons learned. The video offers guidance to nonprofit organizations in recruiting and supporting people of color on their boards of directors and creating a more inclusive culture within their organizations. You can find other resources on board diversity here.

Please click here to view the video and hear directly from these experts.

October 2021 News

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

The Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (P.E.O.C.) was founded on the mission to provide an opportunity for day laborers, household workers, and other low-wage, immigrant workers in Pomona and the Inland Empire find safe work at a fair wage, including expanding a person’s employability by teaching new trades and skills. Beyond helping secure employment, they show people how to advocate for themselves and shape policies that impact their lives and use these organizing skills to help improve the overall conditions for all immigrant workers.

Then hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children began arriving in Pomona.

Children ranging in ages from 7 to 14 years old who had overcome unfathomable hardships traveling alone, began arriving at Fairplex in early May of this year. The children who arrived unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border were to be temporarily housed at Fairplex, which was designated a federal Emergency Intake Site (E.I.S.), as they waited to be reunited with family or placed with sponsors.

A powerful advocate for immigrants, the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center immediately mobilized.

To read the full story, click here.