Proactive Grantmaking

In addition to responding to hundreds of nonprofit grant requests each year, the Weinberg Foundation engages in proactive grantmaking. These grant programs address some of the most critical challenges facing our communities by supporting best practices and promoting change through collaboration and collective impact.

Total of proactive grantmaking approved since inception of all initiatives

Among all of the Foundation’s proactive grantmaking initiatives—including many highlighted below—Together We Care and the Library Project have been strategically planned, and are uniquely positioned, for future growth and impact. We invite you to learn more about these particular initiatives.

Together We Care

Together We Care

Demonstrating its commitment to preserving the dignity and independence of the poorest and frailest older adults, the Weinberg Foundation has set a course to identify and implement the best practices in supporting both informal and paid caregivers.

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Baltimore Library Project

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (the Weinberg Library Project), now involving more than 40 partners, works with Baltimore City Public Schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated libraries in selected schools where existing public funds can be leveraged.

Early Childhood Initiative

The Foundation wants to make sure children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. Since 2011, the Foundation has committed a total of $25 million to early childhood education, $20 million of which has been dedicated to Baltimore City. In 2013, as part of the launch of the Early Childhood Initiative, the Foundation committed $4.6 million to provide high-quality early childhood and family support services for an additional 650 children and 900 families in Baltimore.

Deeply Affordable Housing

The Foundation has provided a total of $5 million ($4 million in Maryland and $1 million in Illinois) to provide deeply affordable housing for persons with disabilities. In partnership with the respective state agencies, these programs facilitate affordable, quality, independent, integrated housing opportunities for very low-income individuals with
disabilities who meet certain eligibility criteria. To date, this program has created nearly 40 deeply affordable apartment units housing more than 170 residents with disabilities. These individuals pay rent set at 10 percent of Area Median Income—as low as $265 per month including utilities.

Summer Funding Collaborative

Twelve of Baltimore’s largest charitable funders, including the Weinberg Foundation, now support this initiative to fund high-quality summer learning programs that serve low-income Baltimore City youth. These programs focus on literacy; early childhood and STEM education; youth employment; college and career readiness; and enrichment such as sports and the arts. Foundation funding for the past three years totals $3.7 million.

Jewish Funders Network

In partnership with the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), the Foundation committed $3.6 million as part of a matching grant initiative that increased 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 provided an additional $5.7 million—a total of $9.3 million distributed to 29 direct service providers in the United States and Israel who focus on career training and advancement.

Baltimore's Promise

The Foundation has provided $2.1 million over four years to support this long-term approach for improving children’s health and education outcomes, from birth to college and/or career. This goal is consistent with collective impact, cradle-to-career strategies that have been launched in cities across the United States designed to ensure that all children enter early adulthood healthy, educated, and well-equipped to lead productive lives.

Leading Edge

This program, involving more than a dozen foundations, nonprofits, and federations, seeks to build an excellent North American leadership pipeline by identifying and fully preparing tomorrow’s leaders of nonprofits that serve the Jewish community worldwide. The Foundation is proud to be one of the funders of Leading Edge and to date has provided $1.6 million to the organization. (You can learn more about Leading Edge on page 13.)

The Journey Home

Since 2009, the Foundation has supported the Journey Home, which focuses on making homelessness rare and brief in Baltimore City. In addition to a grant of $200,000 for a leadership position supporting the Journey Home, the Foundation makes grants to many local non-profits working on this agenda. In 2014, a specific effort was initiated by the Foundation to help more families move quickly out of homelessness in Baltimore City using Rapid Re-Housing. The Foundation awarded a three-year grant of up to $1.2 million to St. Vincent de Paul to assist up to 65 families per year with short-term financial assistance and intensive case management.