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Exciting updates for the Baltimore Library Project

Library Project RenderingThe Weinberg Foundation and its many partners are looking forward to the latest chapter of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project—the Year 4 library grand openings! As of this fall, a total of 11 new libraries will have opened providing more than 5,000 Baltimore City students with access to a well-equipped, well-staffed, and well-resourced library.

As the Library Project continues to grow, the Foundation continues to partner with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) to evaluate the impact of the renovated school libraries. We are very excited that BERC recently completed the second evaluation of both Year 1 and 2 schools. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Students at Library Project schools reported improved access to books. As a result, Library Project schools were found to have increased the number of books checked out by students from 9,000 in 2011 to more than 40,000 in 2015.
  • Students at Library Project schools were shown to maintain or increase literacy skill proficiency rates based on end-of-year benchmark data. Third grade students at three Library Project schools increased their literacy comprehension rates by up to 20 points and their literacy fluency rates by as many as 25 points.
  • Students at Library Project schools were more likely than peers at non-Library Project schools to report that they liked their library, they had a favorite book, and they liked to read at home.

To read the full report, visit http://baltimore-berc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/


Another successful year for SummerREADS

SummerREADSAs construction continued this summer at Year 4 libraries, the nine libraries already renovated as part of the Baltimore Library Project were buzzing with activities and continued learning. Over the past six weeks, these libraries remained open for SummerREADS: a drop-in literacy program that combines reading activities, free meals, and hands-on workshops for students across the City.

An average of 20 students visited each library every day and enjoyed workshops from over ten local partners, including Port Discovery, National Aquarium, The Maryland Zoo, Access Art, FutureMakers, and Code in the Schools.

The goal of SummerREADS is to provide students with fun and inviting library spaces so that they may continue to use their reading skills during the summer months. Research confirms that reading on grade level is an important indicator for future academic and life success; however, all too often students in grades K-3 are susceptible to the “Summer Slide” and spend much of the following school year trying to recover lost reading skills.

Thanks to the work of our incredible partners—the Abell Foundation, Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST), Reading Partners, Americorps NCCC, and Baltimore City Public Schools—students at the nine SummerREADS sites were given the opportunity to learn and engage all summer long. 


Summer Youth Initiative spurs nearly $2.7 million investment in Baltimore youth

Summer Youth Initiative LogoThis summer, the Weinberg Foundation invested $920,000 in 32 nonprofit organizations through the Summer Youth Initiative. This collaborative effort supports high-quality summer programs in Baltimore City blending academic instruction with engaging activities to help combat summer learning loss. Programs funded served more than 4,000 students, grades pre-K to 12, and focused on promoting literacy, increasing STEM competency, providing employment opportunities, as well as preparing students to be successful in kindergarten and integrating children with disabilities.

This summer also marked the first summer of collaboration between the Weinberg Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Family League of Baltimore. Both the Casey Foundation and the Family League’s investments helped to expand the programs, allowing them to serve more children. The funding collaborative also leveraged dollars for summer programs from other private foundations and city agencies for a total of nearly $2.7 million invested in Baltimore’s children. For example, the Weinberg Foundation is proud to have worked with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), the Y of Central Maryland, the Rales Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools, and others on a partnership that brought BELL programming to 660 students in 11 schools. This program ensured that young students in high-needs areas of the City had opportunities for academic support this summer.


Matching grant initiative raises more than $9 million for workforce development

Jewish Funders Network LogoThe Weinberg Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, recently announced $9.3 million in total funding for a matching grant initiative intended to energize the philanthropic community in the area of workforce development. Specifically, this 1:1 match program seeks to increase the number of funders, as well as the amount of grant dollars, supporting organizations and projects that address unemployment and underemployment for both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

Sixty-one foundations or individuals not only matched but also exceeded the Weinberg Foundation’s support of $3.6 million, providing an additional $5.7 million. As a result, a total of $9.3 million will be distributed to 29 direct service providers in the United States and Israel who focus on career training and advancement.

To learn more about this initiative and the organizations funded, please click here.

New overview of grants serving the Jewish community
Jewish Community Grants OverviewThe Weinberg Foundation recently updated its Jewish community grants overview, highlighting grants of $50,000 or more that were approved and distributed to Jewish organizations over the past three years.

During that time, the Foundation approved more than 160 grants totaling $115.9 million. Of the total funds approved, $102.2 million has been paid to date. Here are just a few highlights of the Foundation’s contributions supporting the Jewish community:

  • Continued its long-standing partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), approving nearly $44 million in grants over the last three years. JDC is the largest single grant recipient of the Foundation, receiving more than $260 million since 1990.
  • Approved more than $16 million in grants to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, as well as its constituent agencies, including the Center for Jewish Education; CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.; and Jewish Community Services.
  • Increased to $14 million its total funding through 2016 for emergency services, including food, health care, and transportation for Holocaust survivors residing in North America. In 2010, the Weinberg Foundation provided a $10 million grant to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), which allocates the funds through the Weinberg Holocaust Survivors Emergency Assistance Fund (Holocaust Survivors Emergency Fund).
  • Committed $9 million over three years to support the renovations of dormitories at youth villages in Israel, with the goal of renovating at least 40 dormitories throughout the country. This initiative is part of a national program and partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation.

You can view the entire Jewish Community Grants Overview here.


Hold the Date for the Weinberg Foundation’s Annual Community Gathering!

Annual Community Gathering Hold the DateWe hope you will plan to join us for this year’s Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering.

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

Daniel Lubetzky

Daniel Lubetzky will be the featured speaker for this year’s event, a celebration of the Foundation’s work in 2015, grantees, partners, and mission. 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.

The Weinberg Foundation hopes you will hold the date for what promises to be an extraordinary celebration!


Weinberg Foundation attends White House Conference on Aging

White House Conference on AgingThe Weinberg Foundation was honored to attend the White House Conference on Aging held July 13 in Washington, DC. The Conference focused on the issues facing Americans as they plan for retirement, care for older loved ones, and age with improved quality of life.

The Weinberg Foundation was represented by Michael Marcus, Program Director, Older Adults, who was one of approximately 250 invitees. President Obama and other top administration officials addressed the audience, which included televised “watch parties” nationwide hosted by various organizations. Among the programs and initiatives announced on July 13 were proposals to help make it easier for older adults to age in their community; to support family caregivers; to increase caregiver training; to more effectively prevent, and if necessary, prosecute elder abuse cases; and to help victims of elder abuse recover.

The Weinberg Foundation shares these priorities as demonstrated by its grants throughout the year and, specifically, the Together We Care initiative. By 2020, the Foundation dreams of “Making Maryland the Best Place to Grow Old.” This plan will initially focus on Baltimore City. The Foundation, along with several partners, will identify, coordinate, and employ the best practices in providing a network of care, training, and support for older adults and their caregivers. Stay tuned for more details this fall.


More than $2 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.

Community Intervention Center
Scranton, PA
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides behavioral health interventions, social rehabilitation, and homeless day shelter services for low-income individuals.

Schuylkill Women in Crisis
Pottsville, PA
$70,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($35,000 per year) to support this organization’s emergency shelter that provides counseling and case management services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.


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.

Kfar Tikva
Kiryat Tivon, Israel
$155,000 capital grant to support the purchase of a house that will accommodate four young adults with developmental, intellectual, and emotional disabilities.

The Association for Innovation and Advancement of Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities
Moshav Avichail, Israel
$130,000 program grant over two years ($65,000 per year) to support the transition of individuals with disabilities from institutions to integrated community residences.

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$120,000 capital grant to support the purchase and renovation of a house that will serve residents with mental illness.


For grants within the United States, 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.


The Weinberg Foundation supports select education programs in Israel, including early childhood centers, youth villages, mishpachtons, and boarding schools for youth who do not have any family support.

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois
Carpentersville, IL
$300,000 capital grant to support the construction of an early childhood and family center serving children from low-income families.

Hodayot Religious Youth Village*
Galilee, Israel
$174,000 capital grant to support the renovation of two dormitories that house 40 at-risk youth, grades 7 to 12, at this village and school that offers a police studies curriculum, as well as life science and agriculture, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation.

Raising a Reader
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 program grant to support this organization’s early literacy program that promotes family engagement through reading.

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.

The City of Nome
Nome, Alaska
$100,000 operating grant to support the renovation of the Kegoayah Kozga Public Library.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
Scranton, PA
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the construction of a natural play area, which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, at the Green Ridge Trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

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.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
$1,500,000 capital grant to support the construction of an intergenerational center for older adults with dementia as well as adults and children with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Workforce Development

Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc.
New York, NY
$25,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides ex-offenders with workforce training and mentoring services.

* 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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