The Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking policies reflect the wishes of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg as outlined in the Foundation’s charter, the legal requirements governing private philanthropy, and the inherent limitations on the Foundation’s ability to respond favorably to the many grant requests it receives.

The Foundation’s Program Committee (comprised of the trustees, president, and program team) currently meets eight times per year to review each grant request. This committee reviews each grant request that has received initial approval as a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The Program Committee meeting is the embodiment of the grants decision process. The group knows that there are no perfect answers for any issue raised, but several questions are central to the Foundation's consideration.

Q: Does the organization measure long-term outcomes?
Q: How does the organization make clients’ lives better? How is it able to demonstrate this?
Q: How does the organization’s work align with the Foundation’s mission?


To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt status.
  • Have audited or reviewed financial statements.
  • Be in operation for at least three years.
  • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • Those applying for a grant should carefully review the Foundation’s geographic focus for each area of giving.

The Foundation does not fund

Individuals Arts and culture Post-secondary scholarships
Debt reduction Colleges and universities Think tanks
Endowments Political action groups Annual appeals (in most cases)
Publications Academic or health research Fundraising events