Unrestricted Operating Support Will Help Nonprofits Weather the COVID-19 Crisis
In May 2020, the Weingart Foundation awarded 28 grants totaling $2.7 million through our Unrestricted Operating Support (U.O.S.) program. These grants were in response to applications submitted earlier in the year. Partners aligned strongly with our Foundation’s focus on advancing racial and socioeconomic justice by providing critical direct services in communities of color and by building the power of people to change systems for the long haul.
The U.O.S. grants span our five-county Southern California service area and include support for key place-based initiatives including the South L.A. Community Transit Empowerment Zone, community-based housing organizations such as East L.A. Community Corporation, and those providing critical services such as Reach Out West End and Access California Services.
In addition, we are proud to support nonprofits playing important advocacy roles, including the C.L.E.A.N Carwash Campaign, the Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education.
These organizations have long been critical leaders in their communities. Now, they are more important than ever as communities of color respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Going forward, we strongly believe that unrestricted funding continues to be the best way to support nonprofit organizations as they respond and adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Over the next 12 months, the Weingart Foundation will award up to $20 million in Unrestricted Operating Support grants to core partners.