Where We Give
The Weinberg Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities.
The Foundation’s priority communities include Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco, as well as rural communities within proximity to priority communities. Foundation funding extends to the greater metropolitan areas of the specific cities listed. All of these locations represent personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as communities where Weinberg Foundation trustees reside and provide leadership.Within each of its priority communities, the Foundation is focused on meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty by supporting organizations that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Requests for funding should align with the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities within at least one of the focus areas.
Baltimore: Our Hometown
The Greater Baltimore region has served as home to the Foundation’s headquarters since its founding by Harry and Jeanette Weinberg in 1959. The Foundation as we know it today has existed since 1990. Today, nearly 25 percent of the Foundation’s approximately $140 million in annual grantmaking supports direct service providers in Greater Baltimore, operating across all of the Foundation’s focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services (see How We Give).
Today, the Foundation invests approximately $12 million annually in nonprofit organizations operating in Hawai‘i that have a core focus on serving vulnerable individuals and families, particularly in rural areas of the islands. The Foundation provides program, operating, and capital grants across its focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services (see How We Give).
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Today, the Foundation invests approximately $12 million annually to nonprofits that provide direct services in the following three areas—Aging in Community, Jobs, and Women at Risk and Their Children. These areas are aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities under the Housing, Health, and Jobs focus areas. For more information on these areas, please see the “Select Grants and Initiatives” section below.
New York City
The Foundation’s rural grantmaking focuses on communities located within, or surrounding, any of the Foundation’s priority communities. The Foundation has chosen not to adopt a strict definition of “rural.” Instead, potential grantees should provide, as part of their Letter of Inquiry, sufficient information to demonstrate that their service area is rural. Factors to be considered include but are not limited to population size and concentration, proximity to large metropolitan areas, number of service providers in the area, and infrastructure challenges that make meeting the needs of isolated and vulnerable people especially difficult.
In addition to aligning with the Foundation’s focus areas—Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services—special consideration will be given to grant requests that align with the funding priorities listed below.