June 13, 2012

“Big Reveals!” Dedication of first three Baltimore City School Libraries

http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/newsletters/images/enews_2011-11-09_clip_image002.gifThe Baltimore Library Project continues to move along!

Demolition has begun in the first three libraries and construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-August. Once the space is ready, we will get to work stocking the shelves of each library with thousands of new books, all in anticipation of our grand openings on Wednesday morning, September 12. Stay tuned for details about this memorable day that will feature three different open house events giving students, parents, and the community as a whole the chance to see the renovated spaces up close. We will also be announcing the schools that have been selected for year two of the Library Project!

We are excited to be part of T. Rowe Price’s 75th Anniversary celebration. From June 6 through the end of this week, every T. Rowe Price office around the world has been collecting books to benefit local libraries. Those collected in Maryland will benefit the Weinberg Library Project. This is an amazing opportunity, and the goal they have set is 7,500 books! Thank you T. Rowe Price for helping Baltimore City students in such a dynamic way.

Finally, our evaluation team from Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) is about to begin the library evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to measure the impact of the Baltimore Library Project in order to ensure it is as effective as possible. This first round of meetings will focus on baseline data collection and will provide a solid foundation from which the Library Project can thrive.

Please visit the Library Project website (www.baltimorelibraryproject.org) often to find out about the latest information and developments.

New Grants Shared Through Social Media

The Weinberg Foundation has begun sharing its most recently approved grants through Facebook! We hope our grantees and other stakeholders will benefit from seeing our specific grants as they are approved. Please consider following the Foundation on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Recent Grants

Older Adults

This is the single largest area of grantmaking by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  The Foundation remains committed to providing support to older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Amigour Asset Management, Ltd.
Tel Aviv, Israel
$1,800,000 capital grant to support the construction of an additional 55 housing units at the sheltered housing facility in Kiryat Ono.

Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale
Riverdale, NY
$1,000,000 program grant (over two years) to support the core activities of The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, while extending its reach and impact in the field of elder abuse prevention. http://www.hebrewhome.org

Legal Aid Bureau
Baltimore, MD
$850,000 program grant (over two years) to support free civil legal services, educational programs, training, and development of materials to enable Maryland's low-income older adults to achieve economic security by providing legal representation and advice. http://www.mdlab.org

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
New York, NY
$450,000 capital grant to support the completion of Selfhelp’s new senior apartment building by supporting the purchase and installation of equipment needed to offer residents a full package of client-centered technologies. http://www.selfhelp.net

Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP)
Queens Village, NY
$250,000 capital grant to purchase and renovate an existing building that will provide a permanent home for the SNAP senior center, its services, and administrative offices. http://www.snapqueens.org

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc.
Timonium, MD
$70,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support Care Consultation for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia, which will provide care assistance and connection to services for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's disease in underserved communities. http://www.alzgmd.org

Workforce Development

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to helping people to help themselves by obtaining and keeping employment, preferably on a career track. The Foundation funds programs which provide the “life-tools” for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support.

Job Opportunities Task Force, Inc. (JOTF)
Baltimore, MD
$750,000 operating grant (over three years) to support the annual general operating budgets of JOTF and the Baltimore CASH campaign, which together help residents enter employment, increase earnings, and preserve and grow their financial assets. http://www.jotf.org

Defy Ventures, Inc.
New York, NY
$250,000 operating grant (over two years) to support Defy Ventures' entrepreneurship and leadership program, which will equip men with felony records to attain sustainable and legitimate financial stability. http://www.defyventures.org

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Newark, NJ
$115,000 program grant to support the Newark Reentry Initiative, which provides job training and employment to ex-offenders. http://www.manhattan-institute.org

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.

International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 operating grant (over two years) to provide short term economic and social service support so that low-income refugees and asylees in the greater Baltimore area avoid eviction, improve their economic status, and access local resources and benefits. http://www.rescue.org/Baltimore

Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (MCVETS)
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 capital grant to support renovations on the shelter and transitional housing facility and replace broken and antiquated equipment. http://www.mcvet.org

Ahavas Yisrael Fund, Inc.-Rabbi Chaim Nachman Kowalski Memorial
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 program grant (over two years) specifically designated to support the weekly and holiday food package and voucher program that assists low-income families. http://www.ahavasyisrael.org

Dayspring Programs, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support the general operations and a job readiness program for participants in this substance abuse recovery program which provides housing and supportive services to families with an addicted parent. http://www.DayspringBaltimore.com

Meeting Ground
Elkton, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support a program that will provide rapid re-housing, individual case management services, and short-term financial assistance for people who are experiencing homelessness. http://www.meetingground.org

Interfaith Service Coalition
Hancock, MD
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to provide general operating support to maintain programs that provide emergency financial and food assistance to vulnerable populations. http://www.hancockmd.com/InterfaithServiceCoalition.htm


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.

Jewish Family Services, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
$400,000 capital grant to construct a 60-unit affordable apartment building, of which 30 units will be restricted to individuals with physical or developmental disabilities as well as chronic and persistent mental illness whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income. http://www.jfsmilw.org

PTACH Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
$250,000 program grant (over two years) to establish a new PTACH afternoon learning clinic to provide services needed by both secular and religious children with learning disabilities and their families. http://www.ptach.org.il

Israel Sport Center
Ramat Gan, Israel
$150,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the 40-year-old gymnasium that serves hundreds of disabled children and youth in various sports programs. http://www.iscd.com

The League for People with Disabilities, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$128,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the Hobbs Fitness Center, create an inclusive gym for people with and without disabilities, and to encourage the partnership between the Y of Central Maryland and the League. http://www.leagueforpeople.org

Arundel Lodge, Inc.
Edgewater, MD
$50,000 capital grant to support the renovation and expansion of the current outpatient mental health clinic to provide an integrated health home consisting of mental health, substance abuse, and primary care at one location. http://www.arundellodge.org

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 in education, as well as youth homelessness, child abuse, and domestic violence.

House of Ruth Maryland, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$250,000 operating grant (over two years) to support programs and services for victims of domestic violence, including emergency shelter, legal representation, therapeutic counseling, abuser intervention, and linkage to community support. http://www.hruth.org

Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$125,000 program grant (over two years) to support two Baltimore City public schools participating in ExpandEd, a three-school initiative that aims to expand time and learning opportunities to meet student needs as part of a three-city national demonstration project. http://www.flbcinc.org

YMCA of Central Maryland, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$120,000 program grant (over two years) to provide program funding for a portion of the Y's New Horizon II summer program for homeless youth in Baltimore City and expand this program model on a small scale in Baltimore County. http://www.ymaryland.org

Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 program grant to support Baltimore City Public Schools’ Summer Reading Academy, a private-partnership model of an extended summer learning program that focuses on literacy and enrichment activities for 1,500 Baltimore City students. http://www.flbcinc.org

Art with a Heart
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 operating grant (over two years) to support this after-school, evening, and summer education-art program that benefits disadvantaged children, adolescents, and adults. http://www.artwithaheart.net/

Resident Services, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$80,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years)to support the "Our House Family Support Center" which provides services including literacy and parenting programs in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. http://www.baltimorehousing.org

CASA of Prince George’s County, Inc.
Hyattsville, MD
$60,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years)to support CASA of Prince George’s County's efforts to address the housing, employment, health, and social needs of youth aging out of the foster care system. http://www.pgcasa.org

Wide Angle Youth Media
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support the media arts education program, which will provide youth engagement and participation in school and prepare them for college and the workforce. http://www.wideanglemedia.org

Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County
Belcamp, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the general operating costs, which will provide support of the academic enrichment programs for at-risk youth after school and during the summer months. http://www.bgcharfordco.org

Court Appointed Special Advocate Montgomery County Maryland, Inc.
Rockville, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years)to support the Fostering Futures Project, which will provide training for volunteers to enhance direct service to youth aging out of foster care. http://www.casamontgomery.org

Class Acts Arts, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support the Project Youth ArtReach (PYA) program, which provides juvenile offenders in a detention, corrections, or probation setting with rigorous skills- based arts programs to enhance cognitive, linguistic, social and civic development. http://www.classactsarts.org

Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc.
Largo, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant to support Healthy Families, a home-visitation program that provides support for at-risk mothers and their children. http://www.childresource.org

Liberty’s Promise
Alexandria, VA
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support Liberty’s Promise’s Opportunities Plus Summer Internship Program in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which provides professional internship opportunities for low-income immigrant youth. http://www.libertyspormise.org

General Community Support

This program area includes support for Jewish causes worldwide and local community development efforts such as renovation or construction of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and community improvement in low-income neighborhoods and grants to organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority areas.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.
New York, NY
$50,000 operating grant (over two years) to support this news and information organization that provides in-depth coverage of global breaking news, investigative reporting, in-depth analysis, opinion and features on current events and issues of interest to the Jewish people.

American Jewish Committee
New York, NY
$50,000 operating grant (over two years) to support the educational efforts of this organization to safeguard and strengthen Jews and Jewish life worldwide by promoting democratic and pluralistic societies that respect the dignity of all peoples.

Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 operating grant (over two years) to support this organization’s educational programming on the dual tasks of disarming religious hatred and establishing models of interfaith understanding.

The Israel Project
Washington, DC
$25,000 operating grant to support this educational organization that gets facts about Israel and the Middle East to press, public officials and the public.

Community Law Center
Baltimore, MD
$70,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to support the Pro Bono Program which will provide legal assistance to neighborhoods and nonprofits as they strive to improve stability, health, safety, and attractiveness. http://www.communitylaw.org

South Baltimore Learning Corporation
Baltimore, MD
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant (over two years) to provide operating funds to support adult literacy services with job training and placement as well as higher education. http://www.southbaltimorelearns.org

New Overview of Grants for the Disabilities Community

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is committed to keeping in touch with its many grantees, partners, and other stakeholders. In an effort to provide more focused, detailed information (and to be more environmentally sensitive) the Foundation has replaced the traditional annual report with grants overviews.  Our latest overview highlights selected grants made within the past three fiscal years serving the Disabilities Community. You can review any or all of our grants overviews by visiting the Weinberg Foundation’s website under “Publications.”


New Faces at the Weinberg Foundation

The Weinberg Foundation is excited to welcome two new associates and a new team of summer interns.

Craig Hoffman has been appointed Controller.  A former CFO, Hoffman is responsible for accounting and financial management, operational and financial reporting, and evaluation of investment performance.  He began his duties on June 11. The Foundation also welcomes Kate Sorestad as Program Associate. Sorestad is responsible for continuing work as coordinator of the Weinberg Foundation’s Elementary and Middle School Library Project as well as assisting with the Maryland Small Grants Program. Sorestad will also begin research on veterans and emergency grant funding.  She began her duties on May 22.

Three interns have joined the Weinberg Foundation for the summer. Megan Franey, a recent graduate of McDaniel College, will help the Foundation with its public relations and social media strategy.  Katelyn Lammie and Rachele Benedetto are both University of Maryland School of Social Work graduates who will be assisting our Program Directors with due diligence, grants management and best practice research on emerging interest areas at the Foundation in each of our program areas (Basic Human Needs and Health, Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families, Older Adults and Workforce Development).  We are also thankful to Jake Max, a recent Park School graduate who spent six weeks with us in late spring interning with the Library Project.  This is the second summer for the Foundation’s internship program.  We are excited to expose each of the interns to the world of philanthropy and help them garner new skills to take with them on their career paths.  Congrats and welcome to Megan, Katelyn and Rachele!

Hold the Date! Tuesday, November 13, 4-6 p.m.

HippodromePlease don’t forget to mark your calendar for a truly special afternoon with more than one thousand of the Foundation’s closest friends. This year’s Annual Community Gathering will be held Tuesday, November 13, from 4-6 p.m. with some exciting changes. This year’s event will be held at the historic Hippodrome Theatre on Eutaw Street in West Baltimore. But the venue isn’t the only surprise. The Foundation will host a nationally known philanthropic speaker – more details very soon!

Also, the Weinberg Foundation looks forward to seeing many of its friends and associates who will be in Baltimore for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly which will take place November 11-13. The Foundation’s Annual Community Gathering will be held immediately after the conclusion of the General Assembly. The Weinberg Foundation hopes that many of those attending the General Assembly will make plans to stay for the Annual Gathering at the Hippodrome. Please hold the date!

We Want to Know What You Think

The Weinberg Foundation wants to hear from you! The Foundation has added a survey to its website asking simply, “How Are We Doing?”

Visitors to our homepage http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/ will find two separate “call outs” like the one displayed to the left which will provide a link to the survey page http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/survey-how-are-we-doing/. The survey consists of 14 statements or questions as well as two invitations for comment.  We hope you will take just a few minutes to share your opinions, helping the Weinberg Foundation to better serve you and the community as a whole.


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