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June 2014 News

Special Chairman's Message from Steven L. Soboroff
Welcoming Our New Board Chair

For the past seven years, I have been privileged to serve as Chairman of Weingart Foundation’s board of directors. I have frequently told people that it’s the best, most fulfilling job in the world. Despite a very challenging economic period, and rising need throughout our community, the Foundation has done an excellent job serving the needs of the nonprofit sector in Southern California. I am proud to have worked with an outstanding board and staff, and I look forward to my continuing role with the Foundation. While I am stepping down as Chairman, I will continue to serve as a member of the board for a number of years to come.

I am pleased to turn the gavel over to our new incoming Chair, Monica Lozano. Monica first joined the board in 2005 and will be the seventh chair in the Foundation’s 63-year history. With over 25 years of experience in media and community affairs, Monica is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential women in the country. She is the Chair of the board of US Hispanic Media, Inc., and up until recently, served as the CEO of ImpreMedia, the nation’s leading company for Hispanic news and information, as well as the publisher of Los Angeles’ influential daily newspaper, La Opinión.

Weingart Foundation remains committed to responding to the evolving needs of Southern California nonprofits, serving the needs of low income people and communities. Monica’s experience, leadership, and commitment to our mission will keep the Foundation moving forward.

President’s Message from Fred J. Ali
Grantees Rate the Work of the Foundation

The new President’s Message from Fred Ali highlights the results of our most recent survey of grantees and applicants, conducted in September and October 2013 in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). The results of this comprehensive survey are encouraging, giving us assurance that our focus on providing multi-year core support is helping to build grantees’ organizational and programmatic capacity — and that our staff and grant review processes are working effectively for nonprofits. This feedback has also been valuable in pointing out a few areas for improvement, which might require adjustments on our part. We look forward to communicating our next steps related to this report and welcome your feedback. To read to Fred’s full message and access the CEP report, click here.

2014 Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color – Now Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: Thursday June 19

The Los Angeles Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations with missions to promote healthy communities through advocacy, education, human services and organizing constituents. Offered by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in partnership with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and Community Partners, the Academy consists of five in-person sessions from August-November 2014, as well as up to 14 hours of one-on-one coaching. By learning strategies and practicing skills in a multicultural learning environment, Academy participants increase their comfort and confidence in raising money in ways that resonate with the communities in which they work. The Academy’s trainers and coaches are seasoned fundraisers and leaders of color who have successfully raised diverse funds in their communities. The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 19, 2014. For more information about the Academy, including fees, and to apply, click here.