To build a better Southern California by supporting nonprofit organizations to more effectively serve the underserved.
The Weingart Foundation seeks to achieve inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially for those who have historically been excluded due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation’s grantmaking program and other support are designed to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, collaboratives, and coalitions working to meet essential needs, expand opportunity and eliminate structural barriers to equity by building the community power required to sustain long-term prosperity. Our vision is:
A robust network of nonprofits in Southern California working with individuals and communities facing the greatest barriers to opportunity, and
Meaningful policy and systems change that advance racial, social and economic equity.
Mission and work effectively addresses an essential human service, health, or education need for individuals and communities most impacted by economic, racial and social injustice. Specifically, this applies to those who have historically faced the greatest barriers to opportunity and inclusion due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code;
Has an established track-record that can demonstrate positive impact and progress toward desired goals;
Operates as part of a larger ecosystem, engaging in meaningful partnerships, collaborations, coalitions, or networks to leverage resources and increase the impact of their work to advance shared community goals;
Programs, services and core activities are culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of those served;
Meaningfully engages clients, constituents and individuals most impacted by inequities to inform the organization’s work and decision making; and
Demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in governance, staffing, organizational practices and collaborative relationships.
Grants are not made:
To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability;
For elections, political candidates, or political campaigns;
For social or political issues outside the United States;
For temporary exhibits, travel, surveys, films or publishing activities;
For endowment funds;
For fundraising dinners or events;
For animal welfare.
Grants generally are not approved for:
National organizations that do not have local chapters operating in the Foundation’s geographic area of grant focus;
Religious programs, or consumer interest;
$15,000 - $300,000
Human services, health, education, Racial, social, and economic equity
Operating support, capital projects, program support
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties