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March 2015 News

Vice President’s Message from Belen Vargas
New Weingart Foundation Program Plan Assumptions for FY 2016

I am pleased to share Weingart Foundation’s preliminary FY 2016 Program Plan Assumptions. The Assumptions will be used to develop and prioritize our grantmaking strategies for the coming fiscal year and form the basis of our FY 2016 Program Plan, which will be shared on our website this summer.

We encourage your continued feedback as we finalize the Assumptions. For example, are these findings consistent with your organization’s experience, or do you have a different perspective? Are there important trends or factors that we are missing? To read the preliminary FY 2016 Program Plan Assumptions and to send us your comments and reactions, click here.

Joint Fund Announces Grants to Serve Unaccompanied Children

In order to help respond to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children, most of whom have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border fleeing extreme violence in Central America, Weingart Foundation partnered with the California Community Foundation and other leading foundations last summer to create a special, joint grantmaking fund. Grants from the Our Children Relief Fund were approved in February. The Fund made nearly $850,000 in grants over two phases, providing support to nonprofit organizations for legal, mental health, integration, and case management services. Weingart Foundation contributed over $400,000 to the Fund as well as in direct grantmaking to providers. For more information, click here.

2015 Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color – Now Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: April 24, 2015

The Los Angeles Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color is accepting applications from nonprofits based in communities of color who are actively working to strengthen their fundraising capabilities, financial resources, and mission impact. Offered by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in partnership with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and Community Partners, the Academy consists of in-person sessions, as well as 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 funds in diverse communities. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 24, 2015. For more information about the Academy, including fees, and to apply, click here.

Staff Update

We are pleased to welcome Somaly Ouk to our staff team. Somaly joined Weingart Foundation as our Administrative Assistant, Programs on March 16. She provides administrative and coordination support to our program staff. Prior to joining the Foundation, Somaly worked as a finance administrative assistant at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.