How We Give
The Weinberg Foundation fulfills its mission of meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty by providing grants across five focus areas. These grants serve a range of populations primarily within the Foundation’s priority communities. Most grant requests should align with one of the four core focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, or Education. The Community Services focus area is intended for community organizations operating multiple programs that meet a range of needs, spanning these four core focus areas.
The Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking reflects the wishes of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg, as outlined in the Foundation’s charter, as well as the laws and public policy that govern private philanthropy in the United States and Israel.
The Foundation’s Program Committee (comprised of the trustees, president and CEO, and program team) is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking and meets regularly to make decisions regarding the award and distribution of grant funds.
The Foundation does not fund the following interests/entities:
- Arts and culture
- Post-secondary scholarships
- Debt reduction
- Colleges and universities
- Religious institutions and facilities (including churches, synagogues, congregations, mosques, and temples)
- Think tanks
- Political action groups
- Annual appeals (in most cases)
- Academic or health research
- Fundraising events
Please note: the Foundation and the Foundation’s individual staff and trustees do not accept awards or honors from past, present, or potential grantee organizations.
Types of Grants
Capital grants fund the purchase, construction, and/or renovation of a building; the purchase of major equipment; home modifications for low-income home owners; and select technology projects. To qualify for capital grant consideration, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:
- Specific, confirmed plans, including value-engineered drawings and confirmed total project costs.
- At least 50 percent of project costs have been raised (either pledged or received).
- Direct services provided as a result of the project should align with the Foundation’s funding priorities (detailed within each focus area page).
The Foundation prefers to provide support in the later stages of a capital campaign, after construction costs are fixed and a substantial portion of the funding has been raised. The Foundation’s charter also sets a threshold for the total funding that it can provide to any one capital project at a maximum of 30 percent. However, grants are often approved for lower amounts.
Operating grants fund the overall operating costs of an organization.
Program grants fund specific programs within an organization.
- Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or have a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or be an Israeli equivalent.
- Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
- Have audited financial statements or external financial reviews.
- Have been in operation for at least three years.