The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of vulnerable people and families experiencing poverty. In 2019, the Foundation will provide approximately $125 million in grants to nonprofits, primarily in the US and Israel, that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Grants focus on supporting organizations that serve specific populations, including older adults, women and children at risk, people with disabilities, and veterans, as well as the Jewish community.
The Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaii, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Rural Communities (primarily surrounding other priority communities). These areas are hometowns representing personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as cities where Weinberg Foundation trustees reside and provide leadership. Since 1980, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $2.2 billion.
Commitment to the Jewish Community
In the late 1930s, Harry Weinberg pledged his then-modest assets to enable many German Jews to reach safe haven in America. As Harry’s means increased over many years, so did his support of Jews in need. This commitment remains at the core of the Weinberg Foundation’s identity.
The Foundation supports organizations that serve low-income and vulnerable Jews in its priority communities, both within the United States and in Israel (for more on Weinberg’s grantmaking in Israel, please click here). Grants to support the Jewish Community align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities within Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. The Foundation also is engaged in selected initiatives addressing Jewish poverty on a national scale, as well as strengthening the leadership of nonprofits that will serve the Jewish community moving forward.
Over the past two decades, the Foundation has provided $24 million to organizations serving Holocaust survivors throughout North America. In addition, the Foundation has a long history of grants to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), serving low-income and vulnerable Jews worldwide, including isolated older adults, at-risk families, and vulnerable children.
The Foundation is also the largest single contributor to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and provides one of the largest single annual campaign gifts to any Jewish Federation in North America. Through The Associated, the Foundation also provides emergency assistance in Israel, directed by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
There are eight levels of charity. The highest is helping a man to help himself.
שמונה דרגות לצדקה יש והרמה העליונה היא לעזור לזולת להגיע לעצמאות.
Like most immigrants coming to the United States in the early 1900’s, Harry Weinberg’s family arrived with little more than hope and a willingness to work hard. Beyond their many challenges, they saw opportunity.
Harry was gifted with a keen business mind and entrepreneurial spirit. Despite leaving school at age 12, Harry built a career that turned one successful investment into another, often seeing value where others did not. In the 1950s and 1960s, he owned bus lines in several cities, including Honolulu, Hawaii. Again seeing opportunity, Harry began purchasing properties in the Hawaiian Islands at a fraction of their future value. At the time of his death, Harry Weinberg was the largest single real estate investor in Hawaii.
However, Harry never forgot his humble roots. In 1959, he created The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to help the poor and vulnerable. Harry Weinberg died in 1990, a year after his beloved wife, Jeanette, passed away. Today, the fortune that Harry amassed has grown to $2.6 billion—the assets that make possible the Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking.
Trustees and Staff
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- Program Team
- Accounting / Finance
- Media / Communications
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