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.

The Weingart Foundation Invests $8 Million in Southern California Organizations That are Advancing Equity and Racial Justice

These new grants and impact investments reflect a commitment to growing people power and movements, strengthening nonprofit infrastructure, and prioritizing communities most impacted by systemic racism.

September 23, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation, is proud to announce $8 million in grants and investments supporting organizations across Southern California addressing crucial needs in communities of color. These investments strengthen nonprofit infrastructure in frontline communities and target resources in addressing structural inequities and systemic racism. The grants and program-related investments are the first round of funding for the foundation for fiscal year 2022.

“We are honored to partner with outstanding organizations that are working tirelessly to provide critical services during these unprecedented times,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and CEO, The Weingart Foundation. “Our first round of grantmaking reflects our dedicated staff’s proactive approach of working in communities to understand their unique context, specific needs, and opportunities.”

Most of the grants invest in organizations for two years with funding ranging between $75k-200K in unrestricted operating support. The grantees lead meaningful work in human services, youth development, crime prevention, housing, food insecurity, and advocacy. The funding also includes a Strategic Opportunity Fund to respond to emerging needs brought on by the double health and economic crisis. Many organizations selected through the invite-only application process are BIPOC-led nonprofits working in immigrant/refugee integration, housing justices, or youth organizing. Nearly a quarter of the organizations receiving funding are first-time grantees as part of Weingart’s growing commitment to addressing racial injustice head-on.

“These investments demonstrate our commitment to responding to the call to action from community leaders on the frontlines of change,” said Joanna Jackson, Vice President of Programs at the Weingart Foundation. “These organizations are advancing racial justice in systemic ways even through the pandemic and economic crisis. With these grants and program-related investments, we stand with these partners in advancing equity and social justice.”

In selecting grantees, Weingart hosted listening sessions learning how organizations adapted and provided rapid response and relief to families most devastated by the pandemic and hearing directly from organizations on the ground about their specific community needs. Many organizations pivoted to fill gaps in the community, such as leading vaccination clinics when health care was traditionally outside their scope of work. Additionally, many direct-service providers deepened their civic engagement and advocacy efforts responding to inequities exacerbated by the pandemic. The Weingart Foundation’s funding considers these emerging trends and provides support to advocacy groups, and collaboratives. First-time grantees represent the foundation’s evolving role in bolstering organizations leading in systems change.

The following highlights select grants and investments:

  • Strengthening Regions and Ecosystems – Investments in organizations led by people of color include two Black-led organizations, Sigma Beta Xi and Youth Action Project. Both nonprofits provide culturally responsive youth development and programming, and play a critical role in local justice-oriented power-building tables, including the Black Equity Initiative.
  • Immigrant/Refugee Rights and Integration – More than half of the new grants support immigrant and refugee rights, including a $1 million grant for the L.A. Justice Fund in alignment with the California Dignity for Families Fund.
  • Responding to the Pandemic – Many organizations expanded their scope to fill critical advocacy and service gaps due to the pandemic. Examples of these include the Thai Community Development Center, Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, and Pars Equality Center, which set up vaccination clinics though healthcare is not their primary focus.
  • Power Building and Movement Leaders of Color – A number of organizations engage in power building at the state-wide level, for example Power California, Faith in Action Network PICO CA, California Calls, while others provide capacity building to organizations developing leaders, including Youth! Organize California and Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network.
  • Impact Investing in Communities – The Weingart Foundation provides below-market, flexible financing as an important tool to advance racial, social, and economic justice. New program related investment loans are being provided to Mercy Housing California in support of affordable housing, and to Step Up on Second to create permanent supportive housing for chronically, mentally ill individuals experiencing homelessness in Southern California.

For the complete list of September 2021 grants and program-related investments, click here.

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.

Weingart Foundation’s Miguel A. Santana Leads New Solution to Address Homelessness Governance in Los Angeles

Report calls for new and independent entity to unite the community and provide accountability while addressing homelessness in Los Angeles

May 19 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice, announced today its support and key role as a funder and convener of the Committee of Greater L.A.’s Homelessness Governance in Los Angeles: Centering the System report. This report proposes a governance committee to bring experts, community leaders, and philanthropists together to strategically work with local and federal governments in order to drive measurable outcomes on homelessness.

The Weingart Foundation’s President and C.E.O., Miguel A. Santana, also chairs the Committee for Greater L.A., which is a cross-sectoral group of Angelenos calling for sweeping systemic changes to dismantle institutional racism. Santana’s effectiveness in this role stems from his experience in uniting stakeholders across sectors, particularly in order to address homelessness in the Los Angeles region. Homelessess is an epidemic that continues to increase, up 12.9% since 2019.

“This humanitarian crisis needs a long term solution that takes into account the systemic racist inequality and history that we have all had a part in,” said Miguel A. Santana, President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation and Chair of the Committee for Greater L.A. “It’s time we come together to develop a system that not only serves our community, but can be an example to other cities across the world. Based on the Weingart Foundation’s long experience in this field and working with communities, it is clear that true progress will only come when we align resources and institutions to address homelessness with urgency and accountability.”

Over the past 70 years, the Weingart Foundation has been a major funder of critical services for people experiencing homelessness, nonprofit affordable housing developers, and innovative solutions for housing production, providing more than $15 million over the past five years in grants and loans. But despite the Foundation’s contributions and that of others, systemic failures around collaboration and accountability continue to block real change.

“Any structure for addressing homelessness must focus on what will work for Los Angeles, given its unique governance challenges and its specific homelessness governance issues,” said Joanna Jackson, the Weingart Foundation’s Vice President of Programs. “The first step is forming an independent governing committee to work together, and having Miguel lead this initiative will bring us closer to addressing the specific needs of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.”

The Weingart Foundation’s commitment to ending homelessness led to its key role in funding the report by the Greater Committee for Greater LA, and its author Raphael J. Sonenshein, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. With Miguel A. Santana’s leadership, the new taskforce will work toward solving one of Los Angeles’ biggest challenges.

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.