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Weinberg Foundation Takes Part in “Meet the Funders” Event in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, along with the William G. McGowan Charitable Trust and the AllOne Foundation and Charities, recently participated in a panel presentation at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. This presentation was organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (AFP NEPA) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC). Each funder provided a general overview of its grantmaking focus and process and highlighted innovative and successful funding programs. The funders will also discussed how grant proposals are reviewed, best practices, and the most common mistakes made by applicants. The Weinberg Foundation team who attended the event was led by Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Weinberg Foundation Trustee, and Rachel Garbow Monroe, Weinberg Foundation President and CEO. Program staff included Sheryl Goldstein, Managing Director, Programs & Grants / Program Director, Education (US); Rachel Duden, Program Associate, US Education and Maryland Small Grants Program (includes Northeastern Pennsylvania); Stan Goldman, PhD, Program Director, Disabilities / Education (Israel); Marci Hunn, Program Director, Workforce Development; Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health; Aaron Merki, Program Officer, Older Adults (US); Rafi Rone, Program Director, General Community Support and Older Adults (Israel); and Kate Sorestad, Program Officer, Libraries, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Veterans Grants. The Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the US and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enhancing an individual’s ability to meet those needs with emphasis on older adults, the Jewish community, and its “hometown” communities of Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Israel, and the Former Soviet Union. These areas represent deep, personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg. Each year, the Weinberg Foundation directs five percent of its grant dollars, a total of approximately $5 million, to nonprofits serving Northeastern Pennsylvania.