Where We Give
The Weinberg Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities.
The Foundation’s priority communities include Baltimore, Hawaiʻi, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco. This includes supporting nonprofits serving federally designated rural areas within, or adjacent to, these priority communities. 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).
The Foundation has a long history of philanthropy in the Chicago area. While the Foundation no longer provides new program and operating grants in the region, it funds select initiatives that align with national priorities focused on the Jewish community and capital projects serving older adults.
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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).
Today, the Foundation invests approximately $18 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
Rural America experiences disproportionate rates of poverty as compared with suburban and urban areas. For example, of the 429 US counties facing persistent and intractable poverty, 86 percent are rural. In addition, rural nonprofits do not have equitable access to the resources needed to sustain local solutions. Nonprofit organizations that are located in rural areas, both within or proximate to the Foundation’s priority communities, are eligible to apply for capital, program, and operating grants within the Foundation’s focus areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Because the Foundation’s rural grantmaking focuses on regional collaborations and cross-sector solutions, nonprofit applicants must be located in places eligible for rural-designated funding from federal programs.
Multi-year Special Initiative: The Foundation has launched a strategic initiative focused on two priority communities that are largely rural: Hawaiʻi and Northeastern Pennsylvania. This strategic initiative prioritizes the following projects:
- Capacity building for regional networks in Hawaiʻi and Northeastern Pennsylvania that collaborate to bring additional public and private resources to rural projects
- Increasing the capacity of local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that serve rural nonprofit organizations and families
- Expanding rural access to affordable housing, health care, and local food systems, including creating strong pathways for local youth to enter the workforce that sustains these crucial services
Through this initiative, the Foundation also engages with select national organizations, technical assistance providers, and peer foundations whose work creates a strong learning exchange for our rural priority communities and nonprofit partners.