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Preliminary Program Plan Assumptions for FY 2018

The Weingart Foundation has long held listening and learning as core organizational values, and feedback from the sector informs the development of our Program Plan each year. Last summer, following the announcement of our commitment to equity and our FY 2017 Program Plan, we began an ongoing process of intensified listening to guide our development of strategies to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity across the communities we serve.

In our conversations with nonprofit and community leaders, we’ve heard heightened anxiety and confusion about the new federal administration. Leaders are questioning how they should adapt to this new political reality. Many are expressing concern about the prospect of losing the progress we’ve gained on issues such as health care and immigrant rights, as well as the possibility of significant reductions in government funding and the elimination of programs for the most vulnerable.

From our perspective, the primary issue remains equity—especially given the changes at the federal level. For us, equity means correcting the imbalances we see across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines in our education, health, economic, and justice systems.

As we plan the Foundation’s equity-based grantmaking strategy for FY 2018, we are reaffirming a number of Assumptions from last year and also adding new Assumptions in response to the urgency of the current landscape—and the need to respond to changing federal policies, protect communities, and harness our collective efforts. These Assumptions will be used to guide the development of our FY 2018 Program Plan, which will be released and shared on our website this July. To read the preliminary FY 2018 Program Plan Assumptions and to send us your comments and reactions, click here.

Belen Vargas
Vice President, Programs