Over the past three years, the Weinberg Foundation has approved grants totaling $120 million, of which 153 were $50,000 or more, serving the Jewish community within the United States and overseas.
The Foundation is the largest single contributor to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and provides one of the largest single annual campaign gifts to any Jewish Federation in North America. Since 1990, the Foundation has granted $88 million to The Associated and $63 million to its agencies, including the Center for Jewish Education, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, CHANA, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Services, and SHEMESH. Through The Associated, the Foundation also provides emergency assistance in Israel, directed by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
In addition to its long-standing support of many organizations serving the Jewish community in the United States and overseas, the Foundation is committed to strengthening the leadership of nonprofits that will serve the Jewish community moving forward.
Leading Edge, the Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership, was launched a few years ago by several Jewish foundations and federations. To ensure the institutions at the heart of the Jewish community will be around to support and nurture generations to come, we need to invest more in building a talent pipeline and developing organizations to make sure they are great places to work. Leading Edge has three flagship programs: CEO Onboarding aimed at easing CEO transitions, maximizing their contributions, and increasing retention rates; a Lay Leadership Commission aimed at engaging the philanthropic community in understanding the importance of talent-building; and Leading Places to Work aimed at helping create great workplace cultures that recruit, retain, and support excellent people who are empowered to do their best work. The Weinberg Foundation is proud to be one of the funders of Leading Edge.
The Foundation has a long history of grants serving low-income and vulnerable Jews worldwide, including isolated older adults, at-risk families, and vulnerable children. Much of this support has been directed through The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the foremost Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, which works in more than 70 countries. In Israel, Foundation funding to the JDC supports ESHEL, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for older adults through the development of housing as well as social and health services, and TEVET, an employment initiative that works to help the chronically unemployed find and keep jobs and offers career advancement, training, and certification programs. In the Former Soviet Union, the Foundation’s funding to the JDC provides food packages, medical equipment and medicine, and home visits for older adults, including Holocaust survivors.
Support for Holocaust Survivors
Over the past two decades, the Foundation has provided $24 million to organizations serving Holocaust survivors throughout North America. In 2010, the Foundation created the Weinberg Holocaust Survivors Emergency Assistance Fund with a five-year, $10 million grant to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). An additional $4 million grant extended emergency assistance through 2016 for Holocaust survivors residing in North America. Emergency services include food, health care, and transportation.
Funding to Israeli Nonprofits
In Israel, the Foundation awards primarily capital grants, including building renovation and construction. Over the past three years, the Foundation has provided nearly $37 million in grants to Israeli nonprofits. Grants are intended to improve the lives of older adults, children and youth at risk, children and adults with multiple disabilities, and the underemployed and unemployed who seek a career track. Here are a few examples of Foundation grants in Israel:
- Invested $13 million, as part of a national program with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation, to support the renovations of 57 dormitories at youth villages for at-risk youth in Israel. Youth villages emphasize the cultural and economic diversity of students and often provide a career-focused curriculum.
- Supported day centers and affordable housing for older adults such as the Amigour apartments throughout Israel, in partnership with the Claims Conference, the Jewish Agency, the Israeli government, and numerous other Jewish donors and Jewish Federations. The Foundation also supports residential facilities that provide a more individualized, home-like environment. Many of the residents in these buildings are Holocaust survivors.
- Invested in workforce development programs that provide industry-recognized credentials resulting in job placements. These programs serve minority populations that often lack the necessary skills or access to effectively compete in Israel’s job market. Specific examples include helping the Ultra-Orthodox as well as Arab-Israelis who enter the high-tech workforce, assisting women to open their own businesses, and mentoring Ethiopian-Israelis to achieve career-track employment.
- Funded renovations, totaling $1.2 million, for 12 of the 14 shelters for women escaping intimate partner violence. These renovations will expand the capacity of the shelters to house more women and their children at risk.
- Continued funding early childhood centers as part of the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk and in partnership with municipalities. With locations including Netanya, Beit Shemesh, Eilat, Hadera, and Yerucham, these centers often contain Tipat Chalav (health services), children’s development centers, daycare, and other services for mothers and their children.
- Created “homes for life” (typically four people per home and integrated in communities) for people with disabilities. The Foundation also supports training and placement programs for people with disabilities who secure jobs in the open market at minimum wage as well as early intervention centers and programs for children, birth to age six. These programs utilize evidence-based practices so that children with disabilities can integrate into regular classrooms with their non-disabled peers.
For all work in Israel, the Foundation seeks external assessments by qualified evaluators such as MDRC and other social service researchers.