The Foundation’s grantmaking policies reflect the wishes of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg, the legal requirements governing private philanthropy, and the inherent limitations on the Foundation’s ability to respond favorably to many of the grant requests it receives each year.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees, President, and Program Team meet regularly as the Program Committee. This committee reviews each grant request that has received initial approval as a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The Program Committee meeting is the embodiment of the grants decision process. The group knows that there are no perfect answers for any issue raised, but several questions are central to the Foundation's consideration.

Q: Does your organization measure long-term outcomes?
Q: How does your organization make clients’ lives better? How do you know?
Q: How does your organization’s work align with the Weinberg Foundation’s mission?


To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status and be able to demonstrate at least three years of operation.
  • Work principally to serve low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • Review the Foundation’s geographic priorities for each area of giving.

The Foundation does not provide funds for the following:

Individuals Arts and culture Post-secondary scholarships
Debt reduction Colleges and universities Think tanks
Endowments Political action groups Annual appeals (in most cases)
Publications Academic or health research Fundraising events