The Weingart Foundation Welcomes Brian Williams As The Foundation’s First Chief Operating Officer

Working with the Foundation’s leadership team, staff, and Board of Directors, the C.O.O. will further operationalize the Foundation’s commitment to racial justice

October 20, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — After an extensive national search, the Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, welcomes Brian Williams as its first Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.). Working with the Foundation’s leadership team, staff, and Board of Directors, Williams will play an instrumental role in driving the organization’s innovation and operational excellence and in maintaining a work environment that reflects the Foundation’s mission and values.

“As a strategic and thoughtful organizational leader with an unwavering dedication to social change, Brian Williams exemplifies the core values and competencies required to step into this newly created role of Chief Operating Officer,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “He brings a well-rounded and varied professional background, lived expertise, and a demonstrated track record of working collaboratively to achieve ambitious management objectives. We look forward to working closely with Brian as a thought leader and key partner to continue to operationalize the Foundation’s commitment to racial justice.”

Brian Williams brings a wealth of expertise in corporate, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Los Angeles Urban League where he was a key architect of their dramatic turnaround and helped secure more than $10M in grants over four years. He also managed day-to-day operations, facilities, and aspects of finance, human resources, and programming.

“Weingart’s mission and vision for equity, inclusion and social change are perfectly aligned with my own values and vision,” said Brian Williams, incoming C.O.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “I am honored to be the Foundation’s first C.O.O. and I look forward to working with Miguel Santana and his stellar leadership team, Board of Directors, and staff at all levels to achieve organizational excellence consistent with the Foundation’s innovative approach toward racial, social and economic justice.”

A mentor and community advocate in his personal life, Williams also has executive level experience managing and consulting with top-tier and mid-market companies and building teams to achieve bold goals. He holds an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from Yale College.

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.

The Weingart Foundation Awards Over $13.5M to Nonprofits Advancing Racial Justice

The funds support strong and healthy communities, invest in BIPOC leadership, and promote collective healing in communities most impacted by systemic racism.

October 4, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, awarded 54 grants totaling over $13.5 million to organizations providing critical services to communities most impacted by systemic racism, advancing racial equity, and building power in historically disinvested neighborhoods. The majority of funds, $8.2M, provide unrestricted support, giving nonprofit partners the flexibility to spend resources where needed. Reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to racial justice, 87% of organizations receiving unrestricted financial support are led by people who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). This round of funding is the first round for the Foundation’s fiscal year.

“Stepping into a new year, we are building on our ongoing dedication to advancing racial justice in partnership with organizations that demonstrate time and time again that a just future is possible,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and C.E.O., the Weingart Foundation. “From providing lifesaving resources, to building political power, our nonprofit partners are opening opportunities and strengthening communities across Southern California, and we are honored to stand with them.”

As part of its commitment to sustain social movements, the Weingart Foundation invests in leadership development in BIPOC communities by supporting youth leadership and by strengthening nonprofit leaders. Four partners are currently hosting fellows from Weingart’s John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows Program, which focuses on developing current and emerging leaders of nonprofit organizations and movement networks. Weingart is also investing $740,000 total to Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project, Future Leaders of America, and One Step a la Vez, three groups that organize youth to empowering the indigenous, migrant, and farm working communities of Ventura County.

Investments in powerful racial justice coalitions are also a priority for the Foundation. This includes $600K in grants to the Black Equity Initiative Inland Empire, a coalition of nonprofits in the Inland Empire focused on advancing racial equity, co-led by Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement and BLUE Education Foundation.

“With support from the Weingart Foundation, we can further our mission of building healthy, productive communities in the Inland Empire,” said Dina Walker, President & C.E.O., BLU Educational Foundation. “We also look forward to continuing to build Black leaders, increase educational access, and advance equity along with our partners through the Black Equity Initiative and appreciate the Foundation’s partnership.”

The Foundation also provided seed funding to the Cultivating Inland Empire Latino Opportunity (CIELO) Fund, which aims to uplift and invest in Latino-led and serving nonprofits, research and highlight issues impacting the Latino community in the Inland Empire, and work to address disparities in the region.

Weingart Foundation program officers work proactively to identify region-specific needs in the Foundations five-county region of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Giving is guided by the Foundation’s strategic framework, which includes a commitment to 1) Strong and healthy individuals and communities; 2) Civic, cultural, economic, and political power of those most harmed by inequities; and 3) Equitable and just systems.

Housing and homelessness is one of the Foundation’s areas of special interest. The Foundation directed $9.25K in grants to community organizing groups working on campaigns related to tenants’ rights, housing development, and organizing people experiencing homelessness. This includes Aliance for Californians for Community Empowerment Institute, Long Beach Residents Empowered, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement in the Inland Empire, Orange County Congregation Community Organization, and Los Angeles Community Action Network for their work on Skid Row.

South L.A. and South East Los Angeles (SELA) are geographic areas of special interest for the Foundation as these represent regions that have been systemically under resourced. Close to 20% of the Foundation’s awardees are first-time partners, the majority representing organizations based in South L.A. These partners include Vermont Slauson Local Development Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution (C.D.F.I.) offering technical assistance to South L.A. entrepreneurs; Positive Results Center which provides culturally responsive, trauma-informed care to communities impacted by violence; and Whole Systems Learning, that helps system-impacted youth with an array of healing supports.

To advance more equitable and just systems, Weingart is investing $1.5M to the California Truth and Healing Fund, a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with the state, aimed at power building efforts within Native American communities across California. Decolonizing Wealth Project, an Indigenous-led racial justice organization disrupting the existing systems of moving and controlling capital, serves as the lead partner for this pooled fund initiative that is centered on racial and economic justice, racial healing, and narrative change.

“We are proud to partner with such passionate nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to end systemic racism and to forge a new path forward,” said Aileen Adams, Board Chair of the Weingart Foundation. “We are consistently inspired by the organizations on the ground meeting essential needs in impacted communities and by how they empower these communities as they build a more equitable future for us all.”

For a full list of grants, please visit the Weingart Foundation website.

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.

The Weingart Foundation Invests Over $8.7 Million in Nonprofits Advancing Racial Justice

The Foundation’s giving reflects its intentional effort to invest in BIPOC leadership, transforming systems that perpetuate racism, and providing critical services to those most in need.

June 28, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, awards 64 grants totaling over $8.7 million to organizations advancing racial justice, providing critical services, and building political power in underserved communities. Half of the grantees are new partners for the Weingart Foundation as an intentional effort to deepen reach with emerging organizations and those led by Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC).

“Our commitment to racial justice calls on us to invest in the organizations deeply connected to the communities most impacted by racism and unequal systems,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and CEO, the Weingart Foundation. “More than three quarters of our new partner organizations have leadership whose lived experience reflects that of the people served. We’re proud to invest in BIPOC leaders as we work together to advance racial justice.”

Immigrant and refugee rights and integration is an area of special interest for the Weingart Foundation. Many partners that serve people who are immigrants exemplify cross-racial, cross-identity efforts that are critical in building solidarity and racial healing. For example, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, which builds and centers the power of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants to ensure the liberation of all Black people through community building, political education, organizing, and access to direct services, and the TransLatin@Coalition, founded by Latin@ transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex immigrant women in Los Angeles to advocate for policy change and services for their community and develop and promote Trans leadership.

“We understand that when we center Black liberation it leads to the liberation of all people. As new partners, we’re looking forward to working with the Foundation to continue to cultivate the power and voice of Black LGBTIQA+ migrants and to connect them to critical services and support,” said Oluchi Omeoga, Co-Director of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, a new Weingart Foundation partner.

In step with its commitment to transforming systems, the Weingart Foundation continues to prioritize investing in power-building ecosystems emerging in Orange, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Many first-time grantees are organizing communities of color around community-identified priorities such as: criminal justice (Peace and Justice Law Center and OC Justice Initiative), economic justice (Cooperación Santa Ana), environmental justice (OC Environmental Justice Fund and People’s Collective for Environmental Justice), and housing justice (House Farm Workers!).

Many Weingart partner organizations are on the front lines providing critical direct services to communities most impacted by systemic racism. Nearly two-thirds of the $6.9 million dollars the Foundation awarded in unrestricted funds supports organizations that provide key essential services such as health, mental health, housing, and reentry support.

Partners providing vital services include Center for Living and Learning, the only reentry organization in the San Fernando Valley offering workforce development, led by Executive Director Maria Alexander who is a former client of the Center; Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., a culturally competent health care provider serving Native Americans throughout the Inland Empire; and Forgotten Children, a Black-led, women-led anti-human trafficking organization providing young women throughout south Los Angeles with a safe space and healing services to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives.

“On behalf of the Weingart Foundation Board, we’re proud to partner with organizations committed to structural change so that all communities can thrive. We look forward to working with both our long-term nonprofit partners and to forging new partnerships to advance our mission of racial justice,” said Aileen Adams, the Weingart Foundation Board Chair. “We are energized and inspired by the work our nonprofit partners lead each and every day.”

For a full list of grants, please visit the Weingart Foundation website.

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.

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.

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.

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.