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The Weinberg Foundation has a lot of news to share! We hope you will take a few minutes to read our latest e-news. Also, we invite you to like the Weinberg Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Weinberg Foundation commits $1.2 million to support two summer learning programs that will serve an estimated 5,000 children in Baltimore City

Summer Youth Initiative

The Weinberg Foundation is teaming up with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Family League of Baltimore to create new summer learning opportunities for city youth. Together, all three funders are seeking grant proposals from local organizations offering summer activities and programs for Baltimore City youth who are disadvantaged.

A total of $1.5 million in grant funding will support programs that focus on such areas as reading, science, technology, engineering or math, as well as programs serving children with disabilities. The summer programs must be geared primarily toward youth in low-income families living within the city.

While each organization has specific criteria for funding, all three share the same application process and goal: ensuring city children and families can access educational activities that allow youth to continue learning and growing during the summer months, rather than losing ground.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. To learn more about the Foundation’s Summer Youth Initiative and to apply, visit us online

Summer Reads

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Abell Foundation, Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, Baltimore City Public Schools,  Maryland Out-of-School-Time Network, and Reading Partners are also partnering for the 2nd annual SummerREADS program. This year, nine state-of-the-art school libraries renovated as part of the Baltimore Library Project will become community hubs for summer learning and enrichment. This year’s program will run from June 22nd to July 30th.

SummerREADS serves students in grades K-3, and their families, by creating opportunities for quality reading time as well as increasing access to books and literacy-based activities in their own neighborhoods. SummerREADS kicks off with a Family Night where each student chooses and receives 12 books to take home. Then, each host school and library provides a safe and welcoming place where students can participate in literacy workshops, earn incentives for reading 15 minutes per day, receive two free and well-balanced meals per day, and access other library resources.

Last year, SummerREADS served more than 400 students. Ninety-one percent of parents surveyed said that the experience helped their child academically; 88 percent of students surveyed said that coming to the library helped them be ready for the upcoming school year, and a third-party evaluation found that the program had a significant positive effect on students’ summer literacy learning compared to a matched group of students.


Annual Library Project Book Drive kicks off March 2

Library LogoMonday, March 2 is Read Across America Day, and the Weinberg Foundation, along with its Baltimore Library Project partners, will celebrate all-month-long by collecting NEW, hardcover books and online donations.

To donate online, visit http://www.baltimorelibraryproject.org/contributors/book-drive/2015-book-drive-donations/, or look for the QR code (the square barcode) on all of our printed promotional materials, including the postcard pictured below. Scan the QR code with your phone, and you will be linked directly to the donation page. Every $7 puts a brand new book on the shelf of this year’s newly renovated school libraries!

2015 Book Drive Postcard

We will also be collecting actual books—NEW, hardcover children’s books—from March 2–31. Bins will be available at select Baltimore-area businesses, organizations, and schools. Simply place your NEW children’s books inside the bins.

Last year’s Book Drive raised more than $20,000 dollars, which provided nearly 3,000 books for Year 3 Library Project schools. For complete details on this year’s Book Drive, including book bin locations, visit the Library Project website: www.baltimorelibraryproject.org.



Preparations underway for 2015 Israel Mission Trip

Israel Mission Dove Each year since 2007, the Weinberg Foundation has been privileged to bring prominent community, government, and nonprofit leaders to visit Israel.

The main objective of this annual educational trip is to give participants a better understanding of the complex realities of the Middle East by providing a rare opportunity to witness first-hand, how individuals have overcome adversity, organized themselves, and thrived with dignity in such a complicated region of the world. The Mission is also designed to highlight some of the Weinberg Foundation's grantmaking in Israel—averaging $15M-$20M annually.

This year’s Mission trip will depart on April 11 and return on April 20, and includes 31 participants from across the country—equaling our largest group to date. The 2015 itinerary once again includes visits to diverse, significant locations throughout Israel as well as meetings and discussions with academics, journalists, major Israeli philanthropists, and leaders in Israel’s high-tech sector. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit several Weinberg Foundation grantees.

Nearly 500 Israel Mission participants remain connected with the Weinberg Foundation, as well as each other, through the Foundation’s Alumni Scholars Program. This year’s Alumni Scholars event is scheduled. Alumni interested in attending should RSVP to the invitation they received by mail, or email Yvonne Sporrer (ysporrer@hjweinberg.org) for details.


Hold the Date for this year’s Annual Community Gathering

HJWF SnowflakeMark your calendars for a celebration of the Weinberg Foundation’s mission, partnerships, and accomplishments of 2015.

This year’s Annual Community Gathering will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville, Maryland.

Please be on the lookout for additional details in the coming months!


More than $4 million in additional new grants announced

Basic Human Needs & Health

The Foundation supports programs that meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities. These include programs in the areas of homeless services, economic assistance, food security, and health.  

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$200,000 program grant over two years ($125,000/$75,000) to support the Children’s Medical Practice improvement program that will expand and enhance family-centered medical home services, family health screenings, and interpreter services.

Marian House, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$75,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides housing and supportive services for homeless women and children.

St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families
Hyattsville, MD
$75,000 program grant over two years ($50,000/$25,000) to support Faith House and Hope House, programs that serve homeless families in residential settings.

Tuerk House
Baltimore, MD
$75,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides substance abuse treatment and recovery programs.

Education - Israel

Ben Shemen Youth Village*
Ben Shemen, Israel
$214,000 capital grant to support the renovation of two dormitories that serve at-risk youth.

The Kedma Youth Village*
Shikmim, Israel
$213,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a dormitory at this village that provides therapeutic and educational services to vulnerable youth.

The Meir Shfeyah Youth Village*
Tel Aviv, Israel
$185,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a dormitory at this village that provides educational services to vulnerable youth.

Aloney Yitchak Youth Village*
Menashe, Israel
$140,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a dormitory that serves at-risk youth.

Galim Youth Village*
Tirat Carmel, Israel
$140,000 capital grant to support the renovation of two dormitories at this village that provides educational services to advantaged and disadvantaged youth.

General Community Support

This program area includes support for Jewish causes worldwide, grants to organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority areas, and local community development efforts including renovation or construction of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$200,000 program grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support the community partnership work of this organization that acts as an intermediary for neighborhoods by providing below-market loans as well as funding for capital improvements, marketing, and schools.

Older Adults

This is the single largest area of grantmaking by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  The Foundation remains committed to providing support to older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale
Riverdale, NY
$950,000 program grant over two years ($500,000/$450,000) to support the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse, Prevention, Intervention, and Research that works to prevent and intervene in the abuse of older adults by providing emergency services, public and professional education regarding elder abuse, and support to other elder abuse shelters through the SPRING Alliance.

National Council on the Aging, Inc.
Washington, DC
$640,000 program grant over two years ($350,000/$290,000) to support the second phase of the Economic Security Initiative, including the Economic Check Up project, an online tool designed to strengthen networks of local, older adult serving partners; to reach vulnerable or isolated seniors and their caregivers directly; and to support the creation of 5 Economic Security Centers in Maryland.

Baltimore City Health Department, Office on Aging and Care Services
Baltimore, MD
$180,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the Waxter Center, one of 13 City-owned senior centers, and to complete its senior-friendly, state-of-the-art exercise facility.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Inc.
Washington, DC
$175,000 program grant to support the Age-Friendly Banking program that provides products, services, and protections for older adults in order to increase their income, reduce fees, and prevent fraud and financial abuse.

American Society on Aging
Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania
$25,000 operating grant to fund the participation of 15 professionals employed in older adult service organizations as part of the “Making Maryland the Best Place to Grow Old” initiative.

Partners In Care, Inc.
Pasadena, MD
$30,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the conversion of this organization’s current database into a web-based platform with software known as “Time and Talents.”

Workforce Development

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to helping people to help themselves by obtaining and keeping employment, preferably on a career track. The Foundation funds programs which provide the "life-tools" for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation
Baltimore, MD and Chicago, IL
$450,000 operating grant over two years ($250,000/$200,000) to support the general operations of this organization that will provide a training program to address skill gaps in the manufacturing sector.

Grameen America, Inc. 
New York, NY
$100,000 capital grant to support this organization’s capital improvement project that will outfit ten branches with the goal of sustaining national growth.

* All grants with an asterisk are paid to either United Israel Appeal (U.I.A.) or PEF Israel Endowment Funds with the recommendation, but not requirement, that they be distributed as described.

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