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Leadership in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sectors

The Weingart Foundation will exercise leadership on issues that advance social and economic equity, and strengthen and support the ability of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions and desired outcomes. Listed below are our current strategies in these areas.

Advancing Equity

The Foundation will continue to use our voice, influence and resources to lead a collective effort to co-create a shared vision of equity that advances fairness, inclusion and opportunity for all of Southern California.

In March 2017, the Foundation hosted the Achieving Equity convening, which gathered 170 representatives from local and national philanthropy , as well as nonprofits, government, business, and labor. During the convening, the Foundation outlined four strategies, summarized below, that we intend to pursue. In a survey that followed, the convening participants reported a high level of interest in working personally and organizationally to advance equity, and more specifically, expressed strong interest in participating in the development and/or implementation of these strategies.

  • Using Data to Advance Equity: In FY 2017, the Foundation made a grant to the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and PolicyLink for the development of the first Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region. A stakeholder engagement process will result in the publication of additional reports as well as the identification of effective approaches for using actionable data to guide strategy, support advocacy, and measure progress.

  • Increased Equity Programming: The three regional grantmaking associations in California have pledged to devote significant programming to equity. The Foundation will support the work of Southern California Grantmakers in the development and implementation of cross-sector programming designed to advance a collective commitment to inclusion, fairness and opportunity. 
  • Equity Movement Leaders Program: The Foundation is committed to providing nonprofit organizations in Southern California with the leadership development needed to build strong movements for change within their communities. The Foundation, guided by an advisory committee , will explore the feasibility of establishing an equity movement leadership program.
  • California Executive Roundtable: Working with the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California, the Foundation will initiate an Executive Roundtable on Philanthropy and Equity. The Roundtable will provide a structured opportunity for foundation leaders throughout the state to learn about innovative equity strategies that are emerging in identified communities. 

Supporting Organizational Effectiveness

The Foundation will continue to exercise leadership and provide other support to improve nonprofit organizational effectiveness and sustainability by advocating for full cost funding and improved grantmaking and contracting practices from philanthropy and government.

  • Toward this end, we support the work of the three regional grantmaking associations in California (Southern California, Northern California, and San Diego Grantmakers) to build the skills of nonprofit organizations to better understand, calculate and advocate for full cost recovery from both private and public funders.
  • We continue to support the California Association of Nonprofits’ efforts to ensure that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance, which reforms how nonprofits recover indirect costs, are fully and properly implemented at the statewide and county levels.
  • We continue to support efforts to change and improve government and private funder practices that limit nonprofit organizational effectiveness. This includes:.
    • Advocating for the wider adoption of unrestricted funding and full cost funding approaches;
    • Encouraging public and private funders to engage in open and transparent conversations and create policies and practices that support full cost funding for nonprofit organizations;
    • Improving nonprofit government contracting practices and policies;
    • Continuing to build public and private partnerships that leverage impact and support broader systems change; and
    • Partcipating in and providing support for activities of field-building organizations workgin to improve nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness.