February 5, 2010


Emergency Grants for Haiti

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Weinberg Foundation immediately distributed five emergency grants to fund aid relief efforts for victims in the region on a non-sectarian basis. The grants included:

  1. The American Jewish World Service - $50,000
  2. The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimorefor The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - $50,000
  3. Catholic Relief Services - $50,000
  4. Doctors Without Borders - $50,000
  5. International Rescue Committee - $50,000

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Haiti and friends around the globe, as well as the dedicated volunteers and professionals providing relief services.

Weinberg Foundation Trustees Approve 48 Grants Totaling $8.6 Million

Last August, the Weinberg Foundation received more than 1,100 Letters of Inquiry. After careful review, the Foundation requested 85 full grant applications. Last month the Trustees of the Weinberg Foundation approved 48 grants, totaling $8.6 million in funds. A list of each grant by program area is provided below.

Older Adults

Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. (Baltimore, MD) - Capital grant for $2,000,000 to construct and equip the Green House Residences at Stadium Place.  The first in the State of Maryland of the new Green House model of resident centered long-term care.  www.gedco.org

St. John's Common, Inc. (Havre de Grace, MD) - Capital grant for $400,000 to support construction of an independent housing facility for low-income elderly persons.

Aging Care Connections (La Grange, IL) - Operating grant for $250,000 to support the development of a social work-based transitional care service model that ensures the safe transition of older adults and their caregivers across the healthcare system and promotes successful reintegration into the community. www.agingcareconnections.org

Little Sisters of the Poor (Queens Village, NY) - Capital grant for $150,000 to upgrade all computer hardware and software so that Medicaid billing processes are compliant with state mandates and to upgrade and update financial record keeping.  www.littlesistersofthepoor.org

SOME, Inc. (Washington, D.C.) - Capital grant for $100,000 to support renovation and conversion of a building in South East Washington, D.C. into long-term supportive-service affordable apartments and private single rooms to serve 42 extremely low-income older adults and provide emergency care and shelter for neglected and abused older adults.  www.some.org

American Supporters of YEDID (New York, NY) - Operating grant for $50,000 to help new immigrant low-income Israeli older adults break out of poverty and live in dignity.  www.yedid.org.il

Workforce Development

Cara Program (Chicago, IL) - Operating grant for $200,000 to support a workforce development program in Chicago that supports motivated men and women develop the necessary tools and opportunities to shed old behaviors and constraints, transform their lives, and achieve real lasting success.  www.thecaraprogram.org

Twin Cities Rise (Minneapolis, MN) - Operating grant for $200,000 to provide work skills for adults living in deep poverty through a combination of personal empowerment, coaching, workskills training, support services, and placement. www.twincitiesrise.org

Northeast Parent and Child Society, Inc. (Schenectady, NY) - Capital grant for $100,000 to construct a new 12,670 square foot Career Development Center for at-risk youth. www.neparentchild.org

American Friends of Nishmat (Jerusalem, Israel) - Program grant for $60,000 to renew support of Nishmat's "Nishmat Ethiopian Women" (NEW) Program, a residential program that provides Ethiopian-Israeli women who have graduated from high school the skills they need to pass the university matriculation (bagrut) exams resulting in success in college and life. www.nishmat.org

Olim Together (Herzliya, Israel) - Program grant for $50,00 to support a program that connects Ethiopian-Israeli university students and graduates with leading jobs by providing mentors and a management program. www.olim-beyahad.org.il

Tebeka (Netanya, Israel) - Program grant for $50,000 to bring about professional leadership among young Ethiopian-Israeli law students and attorneys by providing direct services to enrich their legal and professional skills.  www.tebeka.org.il

Maryland CASH Campaign (Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $40,000 to support free tax preparation and asset building activities for low-income workers in Maryland targeting Allegany, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's, and the Lower Shore Counties.  www.mdcash.org

Basic Human Needs

Annapolis Area Ministries (Annapolis, MD) - Capital grant for $300,000 to support the construction of a 24,000 sq. foot "green" facility to serve the homeless and those at risk of homelessness including an emergency shelter, transitional housing apartments, a community education center, and a Day Drop-In Center. www.annapolislighthouse.org

Common Ground Community Housing Development Fund Corporation, Inc.
(New York, NY) - Capital grant for $200,000 to construct a 72-unit permanent supportive housing development at St. Marks Place in Brownsville, Brooklyn for chronically homeless and low-income older adults including those living with mental illness. www.commonground.com

The Women's Housing Coalition, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $120,000 to provide affordable permanent supportive housing and services for women and children in Baltimore City.  www.womenshousing.com

Fuel Fund of Central MD, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $75,000 for energy assistance grants and to support a database project that will improve data tracking and reporting capabilities of the Fuel Fund’s partner sites.  www.fuelfundmaryland.org

Sisters of IHM- Friends of the poor (Scranton, PA) - Program grant for $50,000 to support the furniture bank of Friends of the Poor that collects and distributes furniture to families in need.  www.sistersofihm.org

Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO)
(New York, NY) - Program grant for $50,000 to expand EarnBenefits, in collaboration with Baltimore Health Care Access, to serve Baltimore City Detention Center inmates so that they may access fundamental government benefits upon release. www.seedco.org

City Harvest, Inc. (New York, NY) - Program grant for $30,000 to support City Harvest's Kosher Community Project that provides high quality kosher food to 34 kosher agencies for low-income older adults and families throughout New York City. www.cityharvest.org

Rabbi Chaim Nachman Kowalsky Memorial Ahavas Yisrael Fund, Inc.
(Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $25,000 to support the Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund, which provides food, financial assistance, clothing, and job search services for poor members of the Baltimore Jewish community. www.ahavasyisrael.org


Floating Hospital (Long Island City, NY) - Capital grant for $300,000 to renovate the physical space and purchase new medical equipment throughout this Federally Qualified Heath Center’s (FQHC) network of seven shelter-based clinics and at the main clinic.  www.thefloatinghospital.org

Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc. (Scranton, PA) - Operating grant for $150,000 to provide primary medical and dental services at this FQHC for the uninsured/underinsured. www.scrantonprimary.org

Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (BSAS), Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $120,000 to support the implentation of an Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment  team in Baltimore City for clients who have been court ordered to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment.  www.bsasinc.org

The Health and Community Service Center (Jerusalem, Israel) - Program grant for $100,000 to support an effective program-"Smiling for Posterity"- that offers free dentures to low-income older adults in Jerusalem.  www.hcsjerusalem.com


Kfar Tikva (Kiryat Tiv'on, Israel) - Capital grant for $250,000 to purchase one new home and two apartments in Kiryat Tivon so that eight older adults with disabilities can move from the Village into the surrounding community to live as independently as possible.  www.kfar-tikva.org.il

Dyslexia Tutoring Program, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $135,000 to support the Dyslexia Tutoring Program and summer camp budget and to assist in furthering DPT's vision to provide children and adults with the tools they need to learn to read.  www.dyslexiatutoringprogram,org

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation (Baltimore, MD) - Capital grant for $135,000 to purchase three newly renovated row houses for the supervised residential housing program of Harbor City Unlimited (a division of Community Psychiatry at UMMS). The housing will be for Baltimore City residents suffering from severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse.  www.ummsfoundation.org

The Association for Children at Risk (Tel Aviv, Israel) - Operating grant for $100,000 to operate the first Israeli clinic center that provides evidence based cognitive behavior therapies for high-functioning children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum.  www.childrenatrisk.co.il

Alin Mossad-Abrahams - Beit Noam (Kiryat-Ono, Israel) - Capital grant for $60,000 to support residential services in the community for poor adults with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Foundation, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $40,000 to support an integrated learning experience (preschool) for young children with autism spectrum disorders and for typically developed children to optimize their development, their integration in the community, and their ability to lead a fulfilled life.  www.kennedykrieger.org

The Haifa Center for the CHILD (Haifa, Israel) - Program grant for $30,000 to provide funding for the Side by Side Nursery, Special Ed. Kindergarten, and Language Intensive Kindergarten programs.  www.haifacemter.org

Education, Children, Youth, and Families

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore, MD) – Capital grant for $1,200,000 to renovate the former Holy Rosary convent as well as a portion of the Holy Rosary School building. In total the facililties will accommodate up to 370 students into the college preparatory academic program.  www.cristoreybalt.org

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship to Handicapped
(New York, NY) - Operating grant for $100,000 to support general operating expenses in order to sustain and continue to expand the NFTE program within the Baltimore City Public School System.  www.nfte.com

Youth Renewal Fund (New York, NY) - Capital grant for $105,000 to provide capital support to complete construction of YRF's Ethan H. Freed Learning Center designed to teach English to disadvantaged children in the central Israeli city of Ramla.  www.youthrenewalfund.org

New Leaders for New Schools (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $100,000 to support general operating funds to recruit, train, and support strong school leaders for the next generation of urban schools.  www.nlns.org

Teach for America, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $50,000 to support the general operating budget to recruit, select, train, and provide continuing support of corps members placed as prekindergarten-12 grade teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools.  www.teachforamerica.org

Greater Homewood Homewood Community Corporation/Experience Corp.
(Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $50,000 to train and place older adults as mentors and tutors to K-3 students in 20 of Baltimore City's most challenged public schools. www.greaterhomewood.org

The BELL Foundation, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Capital grant for $45,000 to support the strategic relocation of the Baltimore office that will improve infrastructure, increase accessibility and visibility, and reduce operating costs. www.bellnational.org

Friends of Unistream, Inc. (Kfar Yona, Israel) - Operating grant for $30,000 to train disadvantaged Israeli high school children from Upper Nazareth as business and social entrepreneurs.  www.unistream.co.il/english

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Israel (Jerusalem, Israel) – Operating grant for $25,000 to continue matching vulnerable children and teens from single parent families with responsible, caring adult mentors who provide consistent direction and guidance.  www.bigbrothers.org.il

Sandi's Learning Center (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $25,000 to provide state of the art birth to five child development services to children and families resulting in school readiness. www.sandislearningcenter.org

Maslan Women's Support Center (Be'er Sheva, Israel) - Operating grant for $20,000 to support the general operating budget which provides counseling, training, and education at all age levels aimed at reducing and preventing abuse and family violence.  http://maslan.1202.org.il

General Community Support

Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City (Baltimore, MD) - Capital grant for $300,000 to support the book collection and IT upgrades at the City's public library system, which includes free programs, resources, and the information and technology necessary for children and adults to succeed and thrive.  www.epfl.net

Baltimore Community Foundation, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) - Operating grant for $300,000 to support the Civic Leadership Fund which provides general operating support for the core work of the Baltimore Community Foundation. www.bcf.org

Baltimore Police Foundation (Baltimore, MD) - Capital grant for $225,000 to complete necessary building repairs and capital improvements to the Police Academy, including construction of a new gym, renovations to the locker rooms, additional air conditioning units, and replacement windows. www.baltimorepolice.org

Jewish Funders Network (New York, NY) - Operating grant for $100,000 to provide  support to help advance the quality and impact of Jewish philanthropy.  www.jfunders.org

Institute for Christians and Jewish Studies (Baltimore, MD) - Program grant for $25,000 to support the new Maryland Clergy Initiative (MCI) to gather Christian and Jewish clergy for a year-long program of study and a trip to Israel to establish a new substantive interfaith clergy community.   www.ICJS.org

Maryland Small Grants Program: Recent Grant Awards

Frederick Union Rescue Mission, Inc. $25,000 to support food programs for low-income and homeless individuals  and families, and a transitional  housing for addicted men.  www.therescuemission.org

Jewish Federation of Howard County, Inc.  $25,000 to support the “Jewish Emergency Network” program that addresses urgent needs for at-risk older adults. www.jewishhowardcounty.org

Channel Marker, Inc.  $35,000 to support an employment training and placement program containing psychiatric support and rehabilitation services, targeting persons between the ages of 16-24 living with mental illness. www.channelmarker.org

Bethesda Cares, Inc.  $20,000 to support the "On-the-Street Mental Health Program" that provides in-house psychiatric services and prescription assistrance for homeless individuals with mental illness. www.bethesdacares.org

The New Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program Website

The Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program, which began in September 2009, was developed to fund selected projects that support family and friends delivering care to older adults. After a lengthy Request For Proposal process, 14 collaborative, community-based projects, in nine states, were funded.

The Foundation is excited to announce the launch of a new web site to provide a communication platform to share the work of the 14 projects with all who are interested. Forum participants can share best practices, innovative ideas, and ask questions of the Program’s funded projects regarding their work and findings.  The website will also allow the Foundation to collect, review, and evaluate data for each of the fourteen projects. 

The Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program website can be accessed from the homepage of the Weinberg Foundation’s website. www.hjweinbergfoundation.org

The Weinberg Fellows Program-Class of 2010

The purpose of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program is to strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies which serve disadvantaged members of the community by further developing and strengthening the skills and peer networks of their executive directors. Begun in Hawaii and expanding into Baltimore in 2002, the Program aims to enhance the skills and effectiveness of executive directors and key volunteer leaders of nonprofit organizations that serve the Weinberg Foundation's target populations. The program is now administered on behalf of the Weinberg Foundation by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore. Congratulations to the 2010 Weinberg Fellows:

Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter, Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc.
Beth Drummond Casey, Middle Grades Partnership
Marshall Clarke, Access Art, Inc.
Andre Burno Coates, Maryland Community Connection
Jean P. Cushman, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
Peter D’Souza, Hope House
Tracee Renee Ford, Community Mediation Program, Inc.
Nancy Graham, Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc
Darryl A. Jones, Sr., Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Shirley Bigley LaMotte, Baltimore Reads, Inc.
Abigail H. Markoe, Baltimore SquashWise
Mark Kevin Pettis, Learning Is For Tomorrow
Johnette Adell Richardson, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
William Easley Woodroof, Jr., Red Wiggler Community Farm
Kenneth R. Wireman, Main Street Housing, Inc.
Bonnie Sullivan, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Please refer to the Weinberg Fellows website at www.weinbergfellows.org for more information and to learn how you can apply for the Weinberg Fellows Program.


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