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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 Dedicates 10th and 11th Libraries in Baltimore City Public Schools

Boyd RutherfordThe Weinberg Foundation recently celebrated the grand openings of the 10th and 11th libraries renovated as part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project. The newly renovated spaces are located at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and Westport Academy, where the celebration took place.

The Library Project is a multi-year, collaborative effort to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated elementary/middle school libraries in selected schools where existing funds can be leveraged. The Weinberg Foundation has committed $10 million to build or transform up to 24 Baltimore City Public School libraries in an effort to strengthen academic achievement among students.

While each library provides great dividends to its school and community, this initiative is fundamentally focused on improving academic achievement. A recently-completed evaluation of Year 1 and 2 schools reveals a more than 300-percent increase in book checkouts as well as significant increases in literacy comprehension and literacy fluency. Specifically, 3rd grade students increased their literacy comprehension from an average of 36% of students at or above the benchmark, to 52% of students at or above benchmark – an increase of 16%. These same third grade students also increased their literacy fluency from an average of 41% at or above the benchmark to 59% – an increase of 18%.

Featured speakers at the event included Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton. In addition to showcasing the transformed libraries, both schools provided family tours of the renovated spaces as well as client choice food pantries operated by Maryland Food Bank and The Heart of America Foundation. Each family was able to select 25 pounds of food including fresh produce.

To see the videos highlighting the latest libraries, click here.

George Washington Elementary and Hampden Elementary/Middle Schools were selected for the fifth year of the Library Project. To learn more about the Library Project and to view updates on the two newly selected schools, please visit www.baltimorelibraryproject.org and follow #libraryproject on Facebook and Twitter.


New Weinberg Trustee to be announced at Foundation’s Annual Community Gathering

This year’s Annual Community Gathering will include a milestone announcement for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation—the first Trustee not designated by Harry Weinberg. The Foundation hopes you will be able to share in this special occasion which will include remarks by the next member of the Foundation Board.

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.

If you have not already done so, please reply to Yvonne Sporrer at ysporrer@hjweinberg.org or 443-738-1185.

Daniel LubetzkyDaniel 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.


Please visit the Weinberg Foundation’s new website!

Summer Youth Initiative LogoEvery year, more than 100,000 people visit the Weinberg Foundation through its website, www.hjweinbergfoundation.org. Whatever your reason for coming to the Weinberg Foundation online, we want to make your visit as enjoyable, informative, and convenient as possible.

The Weinberg Foundation is proud to announce a complete redesign of its website. The new website is intended to present information more clearly and concisely. For example, web content pages are organized with “toggles” that allow you to open or close various sections of a given page, focusing only on the information you need. As with all Weinberg Foundation digital media, the new website features “responsive design” ensuring that you are able to conveniently access the content you need on a variety of devices.

A key new feature is an interactive grants map. This map includes numerous ways to filter and define your search and provides a real-time, customizable snapshot of Weinberg Foundation grants approved over the past three years. Three of the map’s highlighted geographic areas include a zoom feature allowing you to see specific grant locations. All itemized grants are arranged by amount, searchable by name, and include a brief description of the grant purpose.

The Weinberg Foundation hopes you will enjoy its new website!


Weinberg Foundation attends grand opening in Israel of expanded housing facility serving older adults

Jewish Funders Network LogoAmigour Asset Management, a Weinberg Foundation grantee, recently celebrated the grand opening of an additional five-story wing at their current facility in K’far Saba, doubling the number of older adult immigrants and Holocaust survivors who will be able to live there. Ellen M. Heller, Weinberg Foundation Board Chair, and Stan Goldman, Weinberg Foundation Program Director, represented the Foundation at the grand opening celebration.

This expansion is a result of a $3.2 million grant (paid through the Israel Education Fund) that was awarded in 2013. Other major funders include the Claims Conference and the Israel government.

The new apartments constructed as part of the expansion will include a full kitchen and will be fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. The building will also have 24-hour staff coverage ensuring that residents have access to a variety of services, including home care and apartment cleaning, errand and medical appointment accompaniment, prescription pick-up, and monthly visits from Amigour social workers.


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.

Walnut Street Community Health Center
Hagerstown, MD
$528,000 capital grant to support the purchase and renovation of a facility that will provide expanded primary care, behavioral health, laboratory, pharmacy, and dental services for low-income residents.

Washington, DC
$250,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Center for Employment Training that will be co-located with affordable housing and a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Operation Warm
Baltimore, MD
$80,000 program grant over two years ($40,000 per year) to support the Baltimore Warmth in Winter program that provides new winter coats to more than 4,600 children each year.

Baltimore, MD
$60,000 program grants (three separate grants) to support a benefits connection program for low-income individuals living in high-need neighborhoods:

Women’s Resource Center
Scranton, PA
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support this organization’s transitional housing program that provides 6-24 months of transitional housing for individuals who are homeless and fleeing abusive relationships.

Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United
Belcamp, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($20,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides safe, emergency shelter and permanent, supportive housing programs for homeless individuals.


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.

Shikum Acher
Petach Tikva, Israel
$213,000 capital grant to support the construction of a career advancement center that will help individuals with mental illness prepare for and secure employment.

Bizchut, The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities
Jerusalem, Israel
$100,000 program grant to support a program that provides legal aid services for individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities, and their families.

Exceptional Minds
Sherman Oaks, CA
$50,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides young adults on the Autism Spectrum with customized instruction and hands-on experience in the fields of multi-media, computer animation, and post production.


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 primarily capital projects in early education and for youth at-risk including early childhood centers, shelters for women who are escaping intimate partner violence and their children, and youth villages for youth at-risk without family support.

Appleseeds Academy
Ramla, Israel
$660,000 capital grant to support the construction of a national technology center that will serve as this organization’s headquarters.

Mosenson Youth Village
Hod Hashron, Israel
$180,000 capital grant to support, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation, the renovation of a dormitory that houses 48 at-risk students in a youth village with a unique urban agriculture program.*

Hadassah Neurim Youth Village
Neurim, Israel
$136,000 capital grant to support, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation, the renovation of a dormitory that houses 32 at-risk students in a youth village with programs in automobile and heavy machinery repair.*

Mevoot Yam
Michmoret, Israel
$125,000 capital grant to support, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation, the renovation of a dormitory that houses 32 at-risk students in a youth village specializing in maritime studies and aquaculture programs.*

Ramat Hadassah Youth Village
Kiryat Tivon, Israel
$100,000 capital grant to support, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation, the renovation of two dormitories that house 36 at-risk students in a youth village with programs in hotel management and computerized chip processing.*

Wide Angle Youth Media
Baltimore, MD
$75,000 capital grant to support the renovation of this organization’s main office enabling it to serve more high school students and strengthen its apprenticeship program.

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.

Jewish Community Center of Scranton PA
Scranton, PA
$300,000 capital grant to support the renovation of this facility’s swimming pool in order to better serve the community through aquatic wellness programs.

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.

Legal Aid Bureau
Throughout Maryland
$800,000 program grant over two years ($400,000 per year) to support this organization that provides legal services focused on helping older adults maintain health, housing, and independence, and to support this organization’s role in Together We Care, a collaborative effort that seeks to make Maryland “The Best Place to Grow Old.”

Maintaining Active Citizens
Salisbury, MD
$315,000 capital grant to support the construction of an addition to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Senior Services Center—the Maryland Living Well Education Center— increasing the availability of evidence-based disease prevention programs, including nutrition counseling and exercise, for older adults suffering from chronic diseases and health problems.

Ministry of Caring
Wilmington, DE
$250,000 capital grant to support the construction of Sacred Heart Village II, a facility that will provide permanent, affordable housing for older adults.

Action in Maturity (AIM)
Baltimore, MD
$240,000 operating grant over two years ($120,000 per year)
to support the general operations of this organization that provides supports and services for older adults, with a focus on improving quality of life and helping them maintain independence as they age in their communities.

Washington County Healthy Living Association
Brenham, TX
$140,000 capital grant to support the construction of a senior activity center that will provide home delivered meals, health services, educational programs, and community activities.

Chesapeake Housing Mission
Salisbury, MD
$32,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($16,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides home repair services including wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and stair railings for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

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.

Boston, MA
$350,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Center for Economic Opportunity that will provide a variety of adult education, training, and employment services.

Scranton Area Foundation
Lackawanna County, PA
$300,000 program grant over two years ($150,000 per year) to support the Women in Philanthropy initiative that helps women and girls work toward independence and economic stability.

Center for Urban Families
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 program grant over two years ($75,000 per year) to support this organization’s implementation of the Anchor Institution Workforce Development Initiative (AIWD), a pilot initiative with local partners that will utilize the Weinberg Library at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School as a community hub serving 200 members of the school and local community for job readiness and training, as well as wrap-around services.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Baltimore, MD
$25,000 program grant to support the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative.

* 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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