October 8, 2012

You are invited! Please RSVP for Weinberg Annual Community Gathering by November 6

The Annual Community Gathering draws government, business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders from across Maryland and other states.  The Weinberg Foundation also welcomes friends and neighbors within the community-at-large who share a commitment to improving the lives of those in need.  Here is a reminder of the specifics for this year’s event:

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: The Hippodrome Theater
(The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 North Eutaw Street in West Baltimore)

The Weinberg Foundation anticipates attendance this year exceeding 1,250 so please RSVP to the Foundation’s Yvonne Sporrer (ysporrer@hjweinberg.org) at 443-738-1185 no later than Tuesday, November 6.  We hope you will join us! 

The Weinberg Foundation’s Annual Community Gathering has grown in size and stature to be recognized as a signature event for the Foundation which constantly seeks to enhance the event’s presentation, content, and level of engagement.  This year, for the first time, it was decided to take the next step by featuring a nationally prominent speaker.

The Weinberg Foundation is pleased to announce Tom Tierney, a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, as the keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Community Gathering. Mr. Tierney will speak on the topic of “Making a Difference – or not – through Philanthropy.” 

In 1999, he co-founded the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to accelerate social impact.  Mr. Tierney frequently speaks and writes on topics related to nonprofit leadership and philanthropy and has contributed to numerous case studies and publications, including The Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Mr. Tierney co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, published in March 2011. 

Library Project celebrates grand openings of first three school libraries – Next schools named for 2013!

http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/newsletters/images/enews_2011-11-09_clip_image002.gifThe Weinberg Foundation recently celebrated the grand openings of the first three school libraries completely redesigned and renovated as part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project; Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle, Moravia Park Elementary, and Southwest Baltimore Charter School.  As part of that celebration, the Foundation also announced the three Baltimore City schools selected for the second year of the Library Project. They are Arlington Elementary School, The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School, and East Baltimore Community School.

The official grand opening celebration of the first three school libraries included in the Library Project took place on September 12 at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School. This multi-media event featured speakers including Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andrés Alonso as well as “live” views of the simultaneous festivities at the other two schools, Moravia Park Elementary and Southwest Baltimore Charter School.  Students, parents, and the community were able to see the renovated spaces up close for the first time.

The Weinberg Library Project involves 30 businesses, nonprofits, and government partners, working with Baltimore City Public Schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated school libraries where existing public funding can be leveraged. As a result of the success of this initiative in just its first year, the Foundation recently increased its overall financial commitment to $5 million for a total of 12 new libraries over four years. To learn more, visit www.baltimorelibraryproject.org and experience how the website, that reads like a book, tells the story of this special project.

New flexibility in capital grants, but only for a limited time!

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation wishes to share exciting news.  The Foundation is temporarily broadening its geographic focus for capital grants.
Normally, funding nationally (beyond the Foundation’s “hometowns”) is restricted to grants for older adults and workforce development.  The Foundation is pleased to announce that effective immediately through February  28, 2013, the Weinberg Foundation will consider capital grants throughout the United States in any of our program areas, subject to the Foundation’s other grantmaking criteria.

To facilitate requests from quality organizations, The Weinberg Foundation is streamlining its usual grantmaking process. The Foundation seeks to identify capital projects with:

  • Specific plans already confirmed for the project including value engineered drawings or the equivalent and including specific, confirmed, total project costs
  • At least 50% of the funds already pledged and collected (a detailed, certified list demonstrating this information will be required as part of the grant application)
  • Projects that are “shovel ready” or well underway
  • Projects that provide services that match the grantmaking criteria outlined by the Foundation for each program area

Again, the Weinberg Foundation will only support quality organizations that meet its priorities and follow its capital grant requirements.  If you believe that you have a project which merits consideration, please contact the appropriate program director for the respective program area involved.  The program director will follow-up on next steps if the request for a full proposal is approved.  Please keep in mind that Weinberg Foundation support is limited to a 30% maximum of any project but there is no limit on the size of the project.

To learn more about the Weinberg Foundation’s temporary broadening of geographic focus for capital grants, please click here.

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.

Fundacion Nuevo Hogar y Centro De Ancianos (New Home and Care Center for the Elderly)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Capital Grant for $1,000,000 to expand the current building to house an additional 90 residents on three floors with common and service areas.

St. Mary’s Outreach Center, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($20,000 per year) to support additional staff resources in response to increased demand for services.  http://smocbaltimore.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.

Center for Urban Families
Baltimore, MD
$1,800,000 operating grant over three years($600,000 per year)to support the general operations of CFUF which provides employment (STRIVE model) and other programs to low-income persons in Baltimore City so that they may achieve family stability and economic success. www.cfuf.org/

Jewish Vocational Service of Greater Boston
Boston, MA
$400,000 program grant over two years ($200,000) to expand employer-based workforce development initiatives within the program known as Partnerships for Careers and Learning.  www.jvs-boston.org/

Twin Cities Rise
Minneapolis, MN
$300,000 operating grant over three years ($100,000 per year) to support adults living in poverty through a combination of personal empowerment, coaching, work-skills training, support services, and employment placement.  http://twincitiesrise.org/

Streetlights Production Assistant Program
Los Angeles, CA
$120,000 operating grant over two years ($60,000 per year) to support the operating budget of this organization which provides jobs, training, job placement, and career development opportunities to disadvantaged and ethnically diverse individuals in the television, film, and related industries. http://www.streetlights.org/showbiz_info.htm

Netanya, Israel
$90,000 program grant over three years ($30,000 per year) to support a culture of leadership among young Ethiopian-Israelis who will integrate into key positions within their respective fields instilling meaningful changes across various sectors of society. http://tebeka.org.il/

Central Scholarship Bureau
Baltimore, MD
$75,000 program grant to alleviate poverty by assisting low-income residents of the Baltimore metropolitan area by covering the tuition costs of vocational training. http://www.central-scholarship.org/

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 operating grant to support the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative.  http://www.abagrantmakers.org/

Getting Out and Staying Out
New York, NY
$50,000 program grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to renew support for the grantee’s ex-offender programs.

Training Source, Inc.
Seat Pleasant, MD
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support training programs and support services to low-income Maryland residents and vulnerable populations in Prince George’s County.

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.

United Way of Central Maryland
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 program grant over three years ($50,000 per year) to support the Family Stability Program which will provide case management for six to nine months as well as financial assistance to stabilize families at risk of homelessness. http://www.uwcm.org/main/

Floating Hospital, Inc.
New York, NY
$100,000 capital challenge grant (this Federally Qualified Health Center must raise $200,000 to receive the grant) to renovate facilities and purchase medical equipment throughout this organization’s network of seven shelter-based clinics.  http://www.thefloatinghospital.org/main_page.html

Lackawanna Neighbors, Inc.
Scranton, PA
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support Lackawanna Neighbors’ ongoing City Wide Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation Project which acquires, rehabilitates, and resells houses for the benefit of low-income buyers.  http://www.lackawannaneighbors.com/

Community Health Integrated Partnership
Throughout Maryland
$46,500 program grant to continue support for the Community Health Corps (CHC) Program which engages CHC members in roles that assist medically underserved individuals at Federally Qualified Health Centers.  http://www.chipmd.org/

Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$45,000 program grant to support the EarnBenefits Baltimore Program, a direct services program that connects low-wage workers to various public benefits such as food assistance and medical insurance.

Job Opportunities Task Force, Inc. (Baltimore CASH Campaign)
Baltimore, MD
$30,000 program grant to support the EarnBenefits Baltimore Program, a direct services program that connects low-wage workers to various public benefits such as food assistance and medical insurance.

First Fruits Farm, Inc.
Freeland, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the operating budget of this Baltimore County farm which provides as much as one-million pounds of fresh produce per year to organizations serving low-income and homeless populations.  http://www.firstfruitsfarm.org/

Newborn Holistic Ministries, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support Martha’s Place, which provides women in recovery from substance addictions with six months of transitional housing and long-term single room occupancy housing.  http://newbornholisticministries.com/


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.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Throughout Maryland
$1,000,000 capital grant to support the construction of at least seven new rental units as part of the Weinberg Foundation’s partnership with the State of Maryland to provide deeply affordable housing (rent set at 15% of area median income) for people with disabilities on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  http://www.mdhousing.org/Website/Default.aspx

Camp Ramah in New England
Norwood, MA
$258,000 capital grant to support construction of the Bet Am Gadol multi-purpose facility which is fully accessible and winterized to accommodate up to 825 campers both with and without disabilities.

$72,000 program grant over two years ($28,000/$44,000) to support the planning and development of an expanded and enhanced vocational training program for older teens and young adults with disabilities, focusing on the food service and hospitality industries.

KESHER-Connecting Special Families
Throughout Israel
$210,000 program grant over two years ($105,000 per year) to support the expansion of the SHEMESH Parent-Network Program which provides parental training and strengthens the involvement of the family in the treatment and care of children with disabilities.  http://www.tau.ac.il/education/ekesher.html

Shaf Yativ
Jerusalem, Israel
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support this organization which provides “learning-based/Yeshiva-like” psychological rehabilitation services and employment training and placement for low-income persons with mental illness. http://www.shafyativ.com/shafyativ/index.html

Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA
$57,000 program grant to support a pilot project which intends to address the needs of children with disabilities who are aging out of the foster care system.  http://www.jlc.org/

Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Inc.
Throughout Maryland
$25,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the general operating budget for the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program that provides pro bono dental services and laboratory work for low-income residents with disabilities.  http://www.msda.com/md-foundation-for-handicapped.html

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.

The Seed School of Maryland, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$250,000 operating grant over two years ($125,000 per year) to support the annual operating budget of Maryland’s only public, tuition-free, college-preparatory boarding school that serves low to moderate-income families.  http://www.seedschoolmd.org/podium/default.aspx?t=138068

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Baltimore, MD
$150,000 operating challenge grant over three years ($50,000 per year) to support CASA of Baltimore which provides advocacy and support to children in foster care. http://www.casabalt.org/

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 program grant to support the Campaign for Black Male Achievement through increasing matches of young men of color with Big Brothers.  http://www.biglittle.org/site/c.6pIMI1MzFjJ0H/b.6556069/k.F087/Home_Page.htm

Foundation for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
Baltimore, MD
$80,000 capital grant to support construction of two 21st century science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) labs.  http://blsyw.org/

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 program grant to support City Steps, a comprehensive array of residential and non-residential resources for homeless youth, ages 14-24, including Restoration Gardens and the Youth Resource Center. http://www.airshome.org/

Valley Youth House
Allentown, PA
Program Grant for $50,000 over two years ($25,000 per year) to provide assistance to underwrite rental assistance, life-skills education, and employment support for homeless youth in Wilkes-Barre, enabling them to develop the skills and resources to become self-sufficient.  http://valleyyouthhouse.org/

Community Mediation Program, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support operations which aim to reduce interpersonal conflict and community violence by increasing the use of nonviolent conflict resolution strategies.  http://communitymediation.org/

Identity, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the general operating budget of this organization which provides Latino youth and their families in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties with comprehensive bilingual programs.  http://www.identity-youth.org/

Education, Children, Youth & Families/Israel

Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Throughout Israel
$300,000 program grant over three years ($100,000 per year) to support and expand operations as well as the number of children served by Sifriyat Pijama (the Pajama Library), a program which provides
books in Hebrew to underserved preschoolers to encourage reading in the family as well as discussion of Jewish values in the school and home. http://www.hgf.org/

NA’AMAT-Movement of Working Women and Volunteers
Tel Aviv, Israel
$255,000 capital grant to support the extensive renovation and expansion of a shelter for battered women to improve the living conditions for the women and their children during their stay. http://www.naamat.org.il/aboutE.php?cat=183

Jerusalem Venture Partners
Jerusalem, Israel
$75,000 program grant to support the Bakehila Project (part of Jerusalem Venture Partners) which serves low-income children in grades 4 through 10.  http://www.jvpvc.com/ 

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.

Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore, MD
$750,000 program grant over three years ($250,000 per year) to support BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund which aims to, among other things, reduce the gap in school readiness, expand access to high performing schools, and improve neighborhoods helping to nurture school and community leaders.

United Way of Central Maryland
Baltimore, MD
$600,000 operating grant over three years ($200,000 per year) to support this organization’s general fund which provides a range of health, family stability, and education programs all addressing basic human needs with the goal of moving more people to self-sufficiency.  http://www.uwcm.org/main/

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Baltimore, MD
$350,000 capital grant over two years ($225,000/2012 and $125,000/2013) to support the creation of a digital library that addresses the transformation in e-technology, e-books, and electronic content experienced by public libraries today.  http://www.prattlibrary.org/

Southeast Community Development Corporation
Baltimore, MD
$350,000 capital grant to renovate the former Highlandtown branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library enabling this organization to expand its housing and community development services.  http://www.southeastcdc.org/

Associated Black Charities
Throughout Maryland
$300,000 operating grant over three years ($100,000 per year) to improve lives by providing new beginnings, promoting education and career advancement, and by closing health and wealth gaps in the community. http://www.abc-md.org/

Connecting with the community—Social media continues to grow

The Weinberg Foundation is thrilled at the positive response it has received through Facebook and Twitter.  We continue to share recently approved grants on a weekly basis and hope that our grantees and other stakeholders benefit from seeing specific grants as they are approved.

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