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The Weinberg Foundation has a lot of news to share! We hope you will take a few minutes to read our latest e-news. Also, we invite you to like the Weinberg Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Baltimore Library Project Book Drive raises record amount—more than $22,000!

Baltimore Library ProjectThe Weinberg Foundation is excited to announce the results of the 6th annual community-wide Book Drive in support of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project. The Foundation has committed $10 million, of the total $30 million project investment, to build or transform up to 24 Baltimore City Public School libraries in an effort to strengthen academic achievement among students.

Online and cash donations totaling more than $22,000, a record amount, will be used to purchase nearly 3,000 brand new, hardcover children’s books for this year’s soon-to-be renovated school library at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School.

The grand total includes nearly $3,400 collected as part of this year’s Penny Challenge, an opportunity for students who have already received a renovated school library to pay-it-forward by donating their spare change.

Baltimore Library Project Grand Opening

The Weinberg Foundation, along with Baltimore City Public Schools, recently hosted a live counting event to announce the winner of this year’s Penny Challenge—Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, where students raised more than $1,100. They will receive new books equal in value to that amount for their library.

The Book Drive and Penny Challenge received excellent media coverage this year, including segments on Baltimore’s ABC2 and Fox 45.  

To learn more about this year’s Penny Challenge, click here.


Weinberg Foundation provides $1,000,000 in grants for summer programs serving Baltimore youth!

Summer Funding CollaborativeThe Weinberg Foundation recently announced $1,000,000 in grants to 41 summer programs as part of the $3 million Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative. The initiative was created to fund high-quality summer programs that serve low-income Baltimore City youth.

The Summer Funding Collaborative—in addition to the Weinberg Foundation—includes the Abell Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Clayton Baker Trust, Family League of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, and Under Armour.

Despite individual missions and priorities—that range from literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; sports; and the arts—all 11 members of the Collaborative share the same goal: to reduce summer learning loss and ensure more youth have the chance to reach their full potential during the summer and beyond.

The following organizations will be funded specifically by the Weinberg Foundation:

  • Access Art
  • Afya Baltimore
  • Art with a Heart
  • Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School
  • The Baltimore Youth Alliance
  • The Be. Org
  • Beat the Streets – Baltimore
  • Bon Secours Community Works
  • The City Neighbors Foundation
  • Civic Works
  • Code in the Schools
  • Community Law in Action
  • Family League of Baltimore
  • Fund for Educational Excellence
  • Green Street Academy
  • Hampden Family Center
  • Harlem Lacrosse – Baltimore
  • Higher Achievement
  • Humanim
  • Koinonia Baptist Church
  • Liberty Elementary School
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Maryland Out of School Time Network
  • MdBio Foundation
  • Next One Up Foundation
  • Parks & People Foundation
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School
  • Play on Purpose (P.O.P.)
  • Playworks
  • Reconstruct & Rebuild
  • Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
  • Smart Steps Youth Services
  • Soccer Without Borders – Baltimore
  • Southeast Community Development Corporation
  • St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
  • Summer Head Start Collaborative
  • Village Learning Place
  • Wide Angle Youth Media
  • The YMCA of Central Maryland
  • Young Audiences of Maryland

Elite Training for Jewish Leadership

Leading Edge Leading Edge, the Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership, was launched a few years ago by multiple Jewish foundations and the Jewish Federations of North America. To ensure the institutions at the heart of the Jewish community will be around to support and nurture generations to come, we need to invest more in building a talent pipeline and developing organizations to make sure they are great places to work. National surveys have confirmed that the vast majority of nonprofits, an estimated 75-90 percent, will need to hire new senior leaders including new CEOs in the next five to seven years. Leading Edge has three flagship programs: CEO Onboarding aimed at easing CEO transitions, maximizing their contributions, and increasing retention rates; a Lay Leadership Commission aimed at engaging the philanthropic community in understanding the importance of talent-building; and Leading Places to Work aimed at helping create great workplace cultures that recruit, retain, and support excellent people who are empowered to do their best work. The Weinberg Foundation is proud to be one of the funders of Leading Edge. To date, the Foundation has provided more than a million dollars to the organization. For more information about Leading Edge, please visit http://leadingedge.org/.
CEO onboarding

CEO Onboarding – A Program of Leading Edge

The first-ever national CEO Onboarding program designed for high-level organizational leaders in the American Jewish community is launching Cohort Two. Applications for Cohort Two are being accepted now through May 8, 2017. For more information, please visit http://leadingedge.org/ceoonboarding/.


Weinberg Foundation welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

Craig Mellendick The Weinberg Foundation has named Craig Mellendick as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Foundation. He assumes, and expands upon, duties previously executed by Barry I. Schloss, who concluded his role as the CFO for the Foundation, but continues to serve as an external trustee.

Mellendick, who began his role on March 20, provides leadership and support to all financial aspects of the Foundation, effectively guiding and monitoring all financial transactions. His responsibilities include managing the Foundation’s relationships with banks and other financial intermediaries. Mellendick works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, investment and finance teams, and President and CEO Rachel Garbow Monroe.

Prior to joining the Weinberg Foundation, Mellendick was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Enterprise Community, a national nonprofit organization that creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. He has also held accounting and finance positions with two real estate investment trusts—General Growth Properties and The Rouse Company. In addition, Mellendick has performed audit and consulting services for KPMG, one of the nation’s largest accounting firms.


Weinberg Foundation seeks to fund collaborative projects

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg FoundationAs part of its overall grantmaking, the Weinberg Foundation is interested in supporting collaborative projects through which multiple nonprofit organizations are working together to provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families. Services provided should focus on meeting basic needs and enabling individuals to live as independently as possible.

Collaborative projects should address a specific issue (i.e., homelessness, youth programs, job training and placement, etc.) that involves multiple areas of Foundation giving (Older Adults, Workforce Development, Education, General Community Support, Disabilities, Basic Human Needs & Health, and Veterans). Projects should also include multiple nonprofit partners. The Foundation’s goal of identifying and supporting more collaborative projects reflects the success of similar initiatives, including the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (more than 40 diverse partners) and the Summer Funding Collaborative (10 partners in 2017). You can learn more about these initiatives by visiting www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.   

If you wish to apply for a grant involving collaboration, please contact Sheryl Goldstein at sgoldstein@hjweinberg.org.


More than $3 million in additional new grants announced

The Weinberg Foundation awards grants through seven areas of giving, listed below in order of annual funding goals. Because General Community Support includes grants that may not fit within other areas of giving, it is listed last.

Older Adults

The Foundation supports organizations that help low-income and vulnerable older adults to age in their communities with independence and dignity. This is the largest single area of grantmaking by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Benefits Data Trust
Philadelphia, PA
$1,250,000 capital grant to support the construction of this organization’s full-service contact center that helps older adults apply for public benefits using call-center technology.

Bridge Meadows
Beaverton, OR
$350,000 capital grant to support the construction of a safe, affordable, and supportive intergenerational community by co-locating families of foster children with older adults helping them to age in community and maintain a high quality of life and health.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
$350,000 capital grant to support emergency housing repairs for up to 75 older adults referred through the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) program that enables older adults to remain in their communities through a range of home modification, weatherization, and repair services.

National Church Residences
Savannah, GA
$185,000 capital grant to support the renovation of Telfair Arms, an affordable housing community that incorporates a comprehensive service-delivery model, enabling residents and older adults in the surrounding community to remain independent.

Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore, MD
$25,000 program grant to support the development of a strategic plan for the Division of Aging and Care Services, which serves as the local Area Agency on Aging and offers a variety of programs for older adults, including health evaluation, personal care, transportation, and volunteer opportunities.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition
Baltimore, MD
$30,000 Small Grant to support the Securing Older Adult Resources (SOAR) program that works to improve the financial wellbeing of older adults through the Age-Friendly Banking framework, which provides banking products, services, and trainings with the goal of facilitating aging with dignity.

Workforce Development

The Foundation supports organizations that are committed to helping people help themselves by obtaining and retaining employment, preferably on a career track. Grants are directed to organizations that provide job training, placement, and retention for unemployed or underemployed individuals.

Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles
Los Angeles, CA
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides employment training, case management, and job placement services for women within the fields of construction, environmental, and petrochemical technology.

Latino Economic Development Center
Throughout Maryland
$150,000 program grant over two years ($75,000 per year) to support an economic development program designed to create economic opportunity and wealth building among Latinos and other underserved communities through entrepreneurship.

Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation
Chicago, IL
$100,000 operating grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides job training and placement services within the information technology field, as well as mentoring, counseling, and social support services, for young adults.

New Moms
Chicago, IL
$100,000 program grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support a workforce development program that helps homeless and high-risk adolescent mothers, ages 16 to 24, obtain and maintain permanent employment.

Chicago Community Foundation
Chicago, IL
$25,000 program grant to support the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance through February 2018.

Northern Tier Industry Education Consortium
Throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania
$60,000 Small Grant over two years ($30,000 per year)
to support the Careers for Area Youth initiative that brings students, kindergarten through grade 12, together with employers and post-secondary schools with the goal of educating them about career opportunities and educational pathways to success.


US - The Foundation supports organizations that ensure children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on early childhood development, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math) literacy, out-of-school time, and child and family safety.

Israel - The Foundation supports primarily capital projects in early education and for youth at-risk including early childhood centers, shelters for women and their children who are escaping intimate partner violence, and youth villages for youth at-risk without family support.

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
Waukegan, IL
$1,500,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a vacant building into a new, larger campus for the school, including three science labs; 18 classrooms; a cafeteria; a library; and administrative offices, to better serve its more than 400 students.

WIZO – Women’s International Zionist Organization
Ashdod and Jerusalem, Israel
$615,000 capital grant to support the renovation of two shelters for women, and their children, escaping intimate partner violence.

The Sheltering Arms
Atlanta, GA
$500,000 capital grant to support the construction of an early childhood and family support center, at D.H. Stanton Elementary School, that is modeled after Educare, a national program that works to develop early skills and foster strong parent-child relationships.

Keren Lev Arad (The Heart of Arad Foundation)
Arad, Israel
$400,000 capital grant to support the construction of a multidisciplinary early childhood center that will serve children, birth to age nine, with and without disabilities.

Ayelet HaShachar Youth Village for Girls
Golan Heights, Israel
$127,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a dormitory that houses 22 at-risk girls at this youth village, as part of a national program in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Naor Foundation.

Chicago, IL
$80,000 program grant over two years ($40,000 per year) to support this organization’s out-of-school time program that provides a range of services, some of which include academic tutoring, life-skills workshops, health and wellness groups, and arts enrichment, for 230 youth annually with the goal of preventing gang involvement and other at-risk behavior.

Ramapo for Children
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 program grant to support an inclusion training program that provides 12 training sessions for 25 out-of-school time organizations and to follow up with additional coaching visits at each program site with the goal of increasing out-of-school time and summer program access for children with disabilities and behavioral issues.


The Foundation supports organizations that respect and promote independence, integration, and individual choice as the preconditions for a good life for children and adults with multiple disabilities.

B’nai B’rith Camp
Beaverton, OR
$368,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Mercaz Camp facility that will house the Kehilah Inclusion program serving 72 Jewish, residential campers with disabilities, as well as the day camp serving children from the local community.

New Jersey Federation of Young Men’s Hebrew Association and Young Women’s Hebrew Association
Fairfield, NJ
$332,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new recreational building, including new bunks and office space for Camp Round Lake, an inclusive, overnight camp for children with disabilities.

Kivunim: New Directions for Special Needs Youth in Israel
Nahariya, Israel
$200,000 capital grant to support the purchase and renovation of two apartments that will house eight young adults, ages 18 to 30, with multiple physical and sensory disabilities.

NAMI of Metropolitan Baltimore
Baltimore City and County, MD
$40,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that works to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and the lives of their families and to make communities more aware and accommodating through education, support, and advocacy.

Basic Human Needs & Health

The Foundation supports organizations that meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities. These include programs in the areas of homeless services, economic assistance, food security, and health.

The Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley
Wilkes-Barre, PA
$600,000 capital grant to support the construction of an outpatient clinic, as well as the renovation of an existing clinic, that will serve youth with mental, behavioral, and physical needs.


The Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring military members and their families effectively reintegrate into their communities. Grants made within this portfolio emphasize programs focused on workforce development, physical and mental health, and the elimination of barriers to a variety of services.

The Mission Continues
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 program grant over two years ($75,000 per year) to support the increase of programs and partnerships that bring veteran leadership to community improvement efforts while supporting veteran reintegration.

Home Builders Institute
Washington, DC
$130,000 program grant over two years ($65,000 per year) to support a program at Fort Stewart that helps transition military service members into the civilian workforce by providing job training and placement services within the construction industry.

Sanctuary for Military Families (Project Sanctuary)
Throughout the United States
$50,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this organization that takes military families “from battle-ready to family-ready” by providing outdoor therapeutic retreats in a healing environment, as well as ongoing family support services for two years following the retreat.

Team Rubicon
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 program grant to support this organization’s partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools that allows veterans to perform school improvement projects at high-need schools.

General Community Support

The Foundation supports major Jewish and greater community development efforts as well as philanthropic investments that support low-income and vulnerable families. This area largely includes major leadership and multi-service organizations which do not fit into other specific areas of focus for the Foundation because their missions, while focused on low-income populations, are broad and diverse.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
$5,000,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House, a “home away from home” for seriously ill children and their families, that will increase the number of families served each year from 1,400 to 2,200.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
$250,000 operating grant over two years ($125,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides a “home away from home” for more than 1,400 seriously ill children and their families annually, at minimal to no cost, while the child accesses medical treatment at a local hospital.

Associated Black Charities
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 operating grant to support the general operations of this multi-service organization that works to improve the lives of African Americans through education and career advancement and by closing health and wealth gaps.

Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 capital grant to support the construction of a youth development park, which will provide field space for sports teams and community space for events, in the Curtis Bay and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Sixth Branch
Baltimore, MD
$60,000 Small Grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans and community volunteers to execute neighborhood revitalization projects in the Darley Park, Johnston Square, and Oliver neighborhoods.

Soccer Without Borders
Throughout Baltimore City and Prince George’s County
$60,000 Small Grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to support an after-school and summer program that works to improve academic performance and provide support for 315 students who are transitioning into life in the United States.

Ingenuity Project
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 Small Grant to support the out-of-school time component of the accelerated mathematics and science program, serving students at Mount Royal Middle School.

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