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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!


KIND Founder, CEO confirmed as featured speaker for Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering

Daniel Lubetzky Daniel Lubetzky is the CEO and founder of KIND Healthy Snacks and the KIND Movement. He is also founder of PeaceWorks and OneVoice, and co-founder of the apparel company Maiyet. Lubetzky has written a new book, Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately, which was released on March 31.

Daniel Lubetzky will be the featured speaker for this year’s Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering. Please hold the date for this year’s event, a celebration of the Foundation’s work in 2015, grantees, partners, and mission:

  • Wednesday, November 11
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Lubetzky is a pioneering social entrepreneur known for forging new business models that build bridges between people. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his humanitarian efforts and his business practices; among them, he has been named one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek, one of 25 Responsibility Pioneers by Time, one of the Creativity 50 by Advertising Age, and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. He has received Entrepreneur of the Year awards from both Entrepreneur Magazine and Ernst & Young.

The Weinberg Foundation hopes you will plan to join us for what promises to be an extraordinary celebration!


Book Drive extended—we’re still counting!

Library LogoThe 4th annual Book Drive to benefit the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project has once again been a successful community-wide effort.

Because of the snowfall and resulting closings in early March, the Book Drive was extended through Friday, April 10. As a result, we have just begun tallying the donations. Please stay tuned for the official totals to be revealed in the next e-news!

Thank you to everyone who spread the word, donated online, collected new children’s books, and gathered spare change in order to help fill the shelves of this year’s newly renovated libraries (opening in September).

2015 Book Drive

We are also very excited that this year’s Book Drive, as well as the Library Project in general, received excellent media coverage from all four Baltimore television stations—WBAL-TV, WJZ-TV, WBFF-TV (FOX 45), and WMAR-TV (ABC2). You can view all of the Book Drive media coverage here.

Again, thank you to everyone who decided to make a difference in the lives of Baltimore students, one book at a time. Visit www.baltimorelibraryproject.org to keep up-to-date on all things Library Project.


Weinberg Foundation grantee Gaudenzia opens new Family Center providing residential treatment programs

GaudenziaFurthering Baltimore City’s goal to make homelessness rare and brief, local leaders celebrated the grand opening of Gaudenzia’s new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center on March 25. Ellen M. Heller, Weinberg Foundation Board Chair, was among the featured speakers for the grand opening event.

Located in Park Heights, the new Family Center builds on Gaudenzia’s success in Maryland and elsewhere to deliver quality residential treatment programs. The new Park Heights location adds ten additional rooms for women with children to receive substance abuse treatment. It also includes 18 new units of permanent, affordable housing for families.

In addition, the facility includes child care on-site so that mothers may pursue their treatment, education, and employment goals with the assurance that their children are in good hands.


National aging conference includes Weinberg Foundation presentations

American Society on Aging LogoThe 2015 Aging in America Conference was held in Chicago, March 23-27. More than 2,500 professionals from across the nation and abroad attend the conference to share ideas, policies, lessons learned, and research findings in the interest of improving the quality of life for older adults.

As the largest funder of older adult services in the United States, the Weinberg Foundation was proud to have a significant presence at the annual Aging in America conference, sponsored by the American Society on Aging (ASA). Michael Marcus, Weinberg Foundation Program Director for Older Adults Services, and a frequent presenter at this event, spoke at three workshops for this year’s conference.

The Weinberg Foundation also sponsored 15 individuals to participate in the ASA Leadership Institute, designed to train the next generation of leaders in aging.


New overview of grants serving Maryland

MD Grants OverviewThe Weinberg Foundation recently updated its Maryland community grants overview, highlighting grants of $50,000 or more serving Maryland and approved over the past three years.

During that time, the Foundation approved nearly 300 grants totaling $102.5 million. Of the total funds approved, $64.7 million has been paid to date.

You can view the entire community grants overview for Maryland here.

Here are just a few highlights of the Foundation’s recent work in Maryland:

  • Developed and initiated Together We Care: Making Maryland—by 2020—the Best Place to Grow Old.
  • Launched Baltimore City’s Early Childhood Initiative and Better Together, which seek to ensure children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn.
  • Promoted youth literacy by supporting new and renovated libraries in Baltimore City Public Schools.

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.  

Rabbi Chaim Nachman Kowalsky Memorial Ahavas Yisrael Fund, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$120,000 program grant over two years ($60,000 per year) to support the food package and voucher program that assists low-income families.

Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore, MD
$20,000 program grant to support the Preventing Substance Exposed Pregnancies Collaborative, part of the B’More for Healthy Babies Initiative, which strives to decrease substance-exposed pregnancies.

Jesuit Volunteers Corps
Baltimore, MD and Scranton, PA
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support 11 Jesuit volunteers who will provide community service at 10 nonprofits serving low-income populations.

Sullivan County Action, Inc.
Sullivan County, PA
$60,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to support this organization that provides dental health services for low-income individuals and families.

YWCA Of The Greater Baltimore Area, Inc.
Arbutus, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant to support a permanent supportive housing program that provides subsidized housing and case management services for formerly homeless women.

Newborn Holistic Ministries, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant to support Martha’s Place, a program that provides transitional and permanent housing opportunities for low-income women in recovery from substance abuse.

Family Promise Of Carbon County
Lehighton, PA
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides temporary shelter, meals, and fellowship for families without permanent housing. http://familypromisecarboncounty.com/home/


The Foundation supports organizations and programs that respect and promote the independence, integration, individual choice, and civil rights of children and adults with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities as necessary preconditions for a good life.

Association of People with Disabilities in Haifa and the North District (AHVA)*
Haifa, Israel
$234,000 capital grant to support the renovation of this organization’s Center for Independent Living that promotes employment and independent living for people with multiple disabilities.

Abilities Network, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$165,000 program grant to support Project ACT (All Children Together), a program that will provide inclusion training for early childhood education caregivers and teachers, as well as individualized services that will help integrate children with disabilities into regular preschool classrooms. http://www.abilitiesnetwork.org/  


The Weinberg Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring that children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math) literacy, out-of-school time, early childhood development, and child and family safety.

Greater Carbondale YMCA
Carbondale, PA
$750,000 capital grant over three years ($250,000 per year) to support the completion of a multi-year capital campaign which included the renovation of existing space as well as the construction of new space, including a pool.

The Wright Center Medical Group
Scranton, PA
$300,000 program grant over two years ($150,000 per year) to support the implementation of Together in Health,a program that seeks to improve the health, wellness, and academic performance of students by removing barriers to learning.

McGlynn Learning Center
Wilkes-Barre, PA
$60,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides after-school and summer programming for children living in Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority.

It Takes A Village To Help Our Children, Inc.
Crisfield, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides after-school and summer programs for youth from low-income families.

Education - Israel

Atid Educational Network and Schools, Ltd.*
Herziliya, Israel
$314,000 capital grant over two years ($200,000/$114,000) to support the renovation of a dormitory at the David Raziel Youth Village that serves at-risk youth.

Israel Center for Educational Innovation
Kfar Saba, Israel
$250,000 program grant to expand the School Turnaround program that works to improve the literacy skills of Ethiopian-Israeli elementary school students; increase parent involvement; and improve teaching and management skills.

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.

Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Babe Ruth Youth Development Park (on the St. Agnes Hospital campus) that will include a multipurpose synthetic field and walking path, a safe place for at-risk youth to play, learn, and grow.

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.

Elderhelp of San Diego
San Diego, CA
$340,000 program grant over two years ($170,000 per year) to support the Concierge Club that provides comprehensive, membership-based homecare solutions for older adults and their families.

Jewish Association On Aging
Pittsburgh, PA
$330,000 capital grant to support the renovation of four kosher dining areas in the Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, Inc.
Chelsea, MA
$150,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the Leonard Florence Center for Living, a Green House residence that provides a client-centered approach as well as a home-like atmosphere for low-income older adults.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 operating grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides affordable housing, supportive services, and emergency assistance for low-income and homeless individuals and families.

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.

Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Halethorpe, MD
$400,000 operating grant over two years ($200,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that helps families achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.

Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that addresses healthcare worker unemployment and underemployment by identifying career pathways that lead to economic independence.

Seattle, WA
$200,000 program grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support Catalyst Kitchens, a nationwide program that provides food-service job training for individuals facing barriers to employment.

Defy Ventures, Inc.
New York, NY
$125,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training for individuals with criminal histories.

Flint Area Specialized Employment Services, Inc.
Flint, MI
$50,000 operating grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the STRIVE employment program that helps older adults earn a livable income and achieve financial independence.

A Safe Haven Foundation
Chicago, IL
$30,000 program grant to support the STRIVE employment program that helps formerly homeless individuals achieve long-term economic success.

* 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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