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Grantee Feedback

Grantees Rate the Work of the Foundation, 2018

In 2018, the Weingart Foundation conducted a comprehensive survey of grantees and applicants in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (C.E.P.). As a part of this process, nearly 500 current Foundation grantees and recent applicants were invited to participate in a confidential online perception survey. The results of the survey give us assurance that nonprofits believe our strategies and practices are on the right track. We continue steadfast in our commitment to providing Unrestricted Operating Support to build nonprofit capacity, knowing that communities must lead the way in advancing racial and socio-economic equity. To read the summary of key findings click here; to read the full report click here.

F.Y. 2019 & F.Y. 2020 Program Plan Teleconference: Deepening the Foundation’s Commitment to Equity

Thanks to the over 300 participants who joined our Sept. 18, 2018 teleconference, which walked organizations through the Foundation’s F.Y. 2019 & F.Y. 2020 Program Plan. As outlined in the Plan, we remain steady in our commitment to providing Unrestricted Operating Support to nonprofits that advance racial, social and economic equity. As the same time, we have refined our baseline criteria for all applicants and added several new special areas of focus. [Click here for the teleconference recording and slide presentation.]

Nonprofit Partner Voices: Perceptions of the Weingart Foundation

In 2017 and 2018, the Weingart Foundation asked Harder+Company Community Research to facilitate listening sessions with its nonprofit partners. Regular feedback from the sector helps guide the Foundation as our Board of Directors and staff develop grantmaking priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Harder+Company convened four meetings in October 2017 and two in March 2018 with leaders and development staff from 31 nonprofit organizations. Participants represented a mix of longtime grantees, newer grantees, and potential applicants. This document presents key findings from those six sessions. [Read the report.]

Teleconference with the Weingart team: F.Y. 2018 Program Plan’s Updated Grant Guidelines and Strategies

On September 7, 2017 the Weingart Foundation held a teleconference to walk through our updated grant guidelines and the highlights from the F.Y. 2018 Program Plan. Over 400 participants joined, providing valuable feedback and asking great questions. [Click here for a the teleconference recording and slide presentation.]

Teleconference with Fred Ali: F.Y. 2018 Planning Assumptions

On February 15, 2017 the Weingart Foundation held an open teleconference with our president and C.E.O., Fred Ali. Nearly 150 nonprofit leaders from across Southern California joined, sharing valuable feedback that will inform our work as we develop the Foundation’s Program Plan for the upcoming fiscal year. We greatly appreciated the high level of engagement from nonprofit leaders during this session. [Click here for a video recording of the teleconference]

Teleconference with Fred Ali: A Full Commitment to Equity, 2016

On September 27, 2016 the Weingart Foundation hosted an open teleconference with Fred Ali, our President and C.E.O., focused on our recently announced commitment to advancing social and economic equity. Nearly 200 participants attended, and we appreciated the many questions and comments. We look forward to continuing to engage with nonprofits and community members as we work toward this full and long-term commitment to base all of our policy and program decisions on achieving the goal to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians-especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. [Click here for a full recording of the teleconference]