Weingart Foundation

Weingart Foundation

1055 W. 7th Street Suite 3200
Los Angeles CA 90017

phone: (213) 688-7799
fax: (213) 688-1515

info@weingartfnd.org

Weingart Foundation

Mission

Weingart Foundation's mission is to build a better Southern California by supporting nonprofit organizations to more effectively serve the underserved.

In order to achieve this mission, the Foundation:

  • Provides grants and other support designed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations delivering quality services in the areas of health, human services, and education for people and communities in need;
  • Exercises leadership on issues that strengthen and support the nonprofit sector, and the ability of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions and desired outcomes. This includes advocating for support of programs, policies, and services that address the needs of low-income and underserved individuals and communities; and
  • Gives highest priority to activities that provide greater access to people and communities, who are economically disadvantaged and underserved.

Grantmaking Practice

  • Weingart Foundation engages in the following practices that help strengthen and support the capacity and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector: 
  • The Foundation prioritizes multi-year Unrestricted Operating Support grants as our primary strategy for building capacity and supports full cost funding for program grants. ("Full cost funding" is the practice of ensuring that an organization recovers the total cost of delivering a service or project, including indirect and administrative expenses. 
  • Whenever feasible, the Foundation also looks for opportunities to leverage resources through collaboration with other private and public funders. 
  • We strive to publish clear and complete grant guidelines and structure application and reporting requirements that are commensurate with the amount of funds to be granted. 
  • We survey and engage our grantees and applicants on a regular basis, using their feedback to continuously learn, refine and improve our grantmaking processes and practices. 
  • The Foundation is also committed to focusing our resources on activities that produce results. This involves funding organizations that demonstrate ability and commitment to achieving strong governance, leadership, management, and effective practices, along with clearly defined organizational and program objectives that are consistent with our mission and focus. 

Core Values 

  • Addressing the needs of low-income and underserved individuals and communities. 
  • Respecting the work of our grantees. 
  • Funding organizations that produce results. 
  • Using leverage and collaboration for greater impact. 
  • Ongoing assessment, learning, and improvement. 
  • Being transparent about mission, grant focus, guidelines, and funding decisions. 
  • Maintaining a Board of Directors and staff that reflects the diversity of Southern California. 
  • Exercising leadership on issues of importance to the Foundation.

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