November 9, 2011


Greetings from everyone at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation!  

Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering

Z:\Graphics\Weinberg_Logo Annual Gathering.jpgWe hope you will join us for our Annual Community Gathering:

Tuesday, November 15
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Weinberg Foundation Trustee Ellen M. Heller will highlight the importance of collaboration and partnership in the Foundation's grantmaking and the positive impact of several of these grants in Baltimore, across Maryland, and throughout the world. The Annual Community Gathering is open to the public, but reservations are required.  If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP to Yvonne Sporrer at 410-654-8500, ext. 213 or email if you would like to attend.

Read All About It!

A Real “Page Turner”
The Weinberg Foundation is excited to announce a major initiative which will be officially launched in the coming weeks! With a long list of partners, the Foundation is leading a new Baltimore Elementary School Library Project. This public/private collaboration will work with schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated elementary and middle school libraries in selected communities. Please watch for more details soon as the Weinberg Foundation “opens the book” on this multi-year venture.

Integrated Housing Project
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has approved a $1.5 million grant to Reena, an agency based in Ontario, Canada, which develops and establishes community services for people who have a developmental disability. This grant will support construction of an integrated housing project providing 60 apartments for older adults and disabled individuals in the Reena Community Residence in Toronto.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Reena which is recognized as a leader in serving adults with disabilities,” said Barry Schloss, Weinberg Foundation Trustee. “The fact that this Community Residence incorporates integration of older adults, within a growing Jewish community, only reinforces this project’s fit with the mission of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.” Occupancy is expected in April, 2012.

Recent Grants

Basic Human Needs & Health

The Foundation supports programs 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.

Maryland Food Bank
Baltimore, MD
$500,000 capital grantto renovate and expand office and meeting space at Maryland Food Bank's Central Distribution Facility. This expansion will help Maryland Food Bank increase the amount of food distributed through its network of 600 agencies.

$50,000 program grant(matching)to create a Western Branch that will expand food distribution and targeted outreach programs in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

Red Wiggler Foundation, Inc.
Clarksburg, MD
$150,000 capital grantto support the construction of a 3,000 square foot multi-purpose farm building and greenhouse to increase year-round inclusive farm programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Red Wiggler is a community supported nonprofit which also provides fresh produce to a food pantry and group homes in Montgomery County.

Capital Area Food Bank
Washington, DC
$100,000program grant over two years to provide support for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to clients. Though based in Washington DC, Capital Area Food Bank serves nearly 200,000 individuals in Maryland.

Moveable Feast
Baltimore, MD
$30,000 Maryland Small Grant to support free meal delivery service and nutritional counseling for homebound individuals with a chronic/terminal disease, including HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. Moveable Feast delivers nutritious high quality meals and groceries to people who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.

Arundel House of Hope, Inc.
Glen Burnie, MD
$15,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years to provide emergency, transitional, affordable permanent housing and supportive services for the poor and homeless in Anne Arundel County.

Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Educational Coalition, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$12,500 Maryland Small Grant to provide youth sports and academic programs intended to help at-risk minority youth reach their full potential as learners and leaders. This grant will support Project Take-off that provides after-school structured learning opportunities and enrichment programs for at-risk middle school students in Baltimore City.


The Foundation supports organizations and programs that respect and promote the independence, integration, individual choice, and civil rights of children and adults with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities as necessary preconditions for a good life.

Eldersburg, MD
$220,000 capital grant over two years to purchase and renovate a nine-unit apartment building providing permanent affordable housing for those recovering from severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Community Support Services
Germantown, MD
$135,000 capital grant to assist with the purchase of two ground-floor condominiums which will house individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The Harbour School
Owings Mills and Annapolis, MD
$60,000 capital grant to support the construction of new wet and dry science labs that will be used to educate students with intellectual disabilities.

B'more Clubhouse
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant toward the operating costs of the Clubhouse Membership Model for people with psychiatric illnesses, coming together to re-experience the world of work, education, and relationships.

Education, Children, Youth & Families

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation aims to build economic self-sufficiency through child/family development and education, from early childhood through high school graduation, preparing individuals for success in college or the workplace. Funding is intended to address critical issues including youth homelessness, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Urban Alliance
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 program grant to assist under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Urban Alliance pairs Baltimore high school seniors with mentors in professional settings.

Kids in Need of Defense
Washington, DC
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant to provide pro bono legal representation to immigrant children under age 18 who arrive in the United States without the company of a parent or guardian and who need assistance navigating the court system.

Congratulations to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows
Impact Award Recipients!

The Weinberg Fellows program provides leadership development and related training to executive directors of Maryland nonprofits that serve low-income clients. The Weinberg Fellows Impact Awards encourage Weinberg Fellows to effectively use what they learn in the program to make positive changes in their organizations and programs and to improve outcomes for those they serve. The Weinberg Fellows Advisory Committee selected the following three recipients of this year’s Impact Awards. The Trustees approved a total of $50,000 to support the organizations listed below in recognition of their work:

The Light of Truth Center (LTC) 
Baltimore, MD
$25,000 Award
The Center provides services for women with drug abuse histories. The application focused on the recent acquisition of new facilities and the expansion of services offered by the LTC. The LTC is a traditional drug recovery house for women, providing services to those unable to support themselves financially. The application highlights their recent expansions based on their “continuum of service model.”

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)
Baltimore, MD
$15,000 Award
GEDCO is a partnership of member organizations and community groups that provides affordable housing and supportive services to meet the needs of community residents. GEDCO’s programs welcome and support people with special needs and foster each person’s maximum potential.  The grant application focused on the successful implementation of a new resource development and technology initiative to reduce administrative costs in the area of fundraising, while increasing revenues, individual donor base, and the average size of individual gifts. 

Newborn Holistic Ministries and Episcopal Housing Corporation                                     
Baltimore, MD
$10,000 Award
Newborn Holistic Ministries provides a six-month recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction at a center in Baltimore. Newborn Holistic Ministries partnered with the Episcopal Housing Corporation, which assisted in the rehabilitation of three row homes as well as a multipurpose community center. This partnership provides permanent housing for rehabilitated women, eliminates vacant properties, and creates a space for the new program called the Jubilee Center for the Arts. 

Weinberg Fellows update

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is currently reviewing the outcomes of the previous eight years of the program. This will assist the Foundation’s leadership in determining how best to move the program forward.  As a result, the Weinberg Foundation is not recruiting a new Weinberg Fellows Class at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Marci Hunn, Program Director for Workforce Development and Liaison for the Weinberg Fellows Program, at or 410-654-8500 x261.

Improving our grants process

Web additional pics 016.JPGIn an effort to improve and simplify the grantmaking experience, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is preparing to launch a new online submission option for Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) as well as Maryland Small Grants applications. This new tool is called IGAM.  It’s an online grant application and reporting link which will provide our grantees and applicants with easy-to-use forms.  Users will have 24/7 access including the ability to submit and track each request. Grant applicants will still be able to submit this information via hard copy if desired, but the Foundation hopes most will find the on-line process much easier and more convenient.  IGAM is expected to be in operation by December 1.  Please look for more information soon on the Foundation’s website (

New website

IMG_0814-webSpeaking of which… 
We hope you’ve had the opportunity to visit the newly renovated site.  

We invite you to explore all of the new interactive features including photo and video content, social media, and dozens of documents which you can download. Even more important than these improvements, the Foundation seeks to enhance and simplify your navigation of the website’s many resources, especially if you are looking for information about grant guidelines and process. You will also see that the Weinberg Foundation now has a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube account. Please consider “liking, following, and watching” so you can stay updated on the work and activities of the Weinberg Foundation.