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Grantmaking Trends and Statistics

FY 2017 Grantmaking Report
With the announcement of our equity commitment in August 2016, FY 2017 marked a year of transition for the Weingart Foundation. The FY 2017 Program Plan outlined initial steps toward realizing our equity commitment while maintaining many of our longstanding priorities. As a result of that and having started the year with many applications already in the pipeline, FY 2017 grantmaking was largely a continuation of the previous fiscal year’s grant strategies, with some variation reflecting our evolution toward equity. A review of FY 2017 grantmaking data demonstrates that the Foundation’s Program Plan was effective in directing resources in ways that reflect this intentional shift. [Read the report

FY 2016 Grantmaking Snapshot
In FY 2016, the Weingart Foundation made 320 grants totaling $31.4 million. Of these, 77% of grant dollars were for unrestricted operating support, which nonprofit organizations used primarily to strengthen their infrastructure for fund development and diversification, board and staff development, and service delivery and expansion. This snapshot of our FY 2016 grantmaking outlines our funding for the year. [Read the report

FY 2016 Learning and Assessment Summary
The Weingart Foundation began implementation of its Learning and Assessment framework in FY 2016. For all Unrestricted Operating Support grants awarded that year, our program officers began to systematically document their assessment of grantees across nine functional areas of organizational effectiveness. This data will serve as the baseline against which we will begin to track changes in grantee capacity over time. [Read the report

FY 2015 Grantmaking Report
We are pleased to share this report, which summarizes our FY 2015 grants and provides a look at our activities for the first half of FY 2016. This document is developed each year as part of the Foundation’s efforts to regularly analyze our grantmaking in order to learn, refine and plan. Looking at the data for FY 2015, it is clear that our unrestricted grants remained in high demand and provided critical dollars to support nonprofit effectiveness. We also saw high demand for capital support. Demand for special project grants was limited, with most nonprofits preferring unrestricted funding. So far, FY 2016 is showing a similar trajectory. [Read the report

FY 2008-2013 Report on Grantmaking in the Inland Empire
To better understand our investment in the Inland Empire, Weingart Foundation looked closely at our recent grantmaking history and the current landscape in the region. As a result, in November 2013, Foundation staff authored a report that provides information on our grantmaking strategy in the region, as well as key findings on the landscape of the nonprofit, capacity building and philanthropic sectors in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Based on our research, the Foundation concluded that it is important to continue to support the Inland Empire because there are few regional funders that have consistently invested in the region. For these reasons, the Foundation will: (1) maintain our current grantmaking and funding levels in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties; and (2) maintain our presence and visibility in the region, including continuing to be an active member of the Inland Empire Funders Alliance. [Read the Executive Summary]