April 17, 2013

The Weinberg Foundation has a lot of news to share! We hope you will take a few minutes to read our latest e-news:

U.S. Senate recognition of Weinberg Foundation Library Project!

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project has moved into its second year, and what a fantastic way to start! Just yesterday, Maryland’s U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a strong supporter of the Library Project, spoke about the initiative from the floor of the U.S. Senate. You can watch Senator Cardin’s address by clicking here.

Senator Cardin invited members of the Library Project team and Weinberg Foundation staff to witness this exciting moment from the Senate gallery. The remarks were followed by a photo with the Senator on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and a private tour of the recently renovated Library of Congress.

A special thanks goes out to all who joined us on the field trip. It was an early morning, but well worth the drive to be part of something so memorable. A list of project partners and the Senator’s remarks will be included in the official congressional remarks for the day..

2nd Annual Library Project Book Drive complete – and still counting

The idea behind the Library Project’s Community-Wide Book Drive is simple; fill the shelves of the new libraries with brand new books!

This year’s event kicked-off on March 1 at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor School in Baltimore with a number of local celebrity readers including Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. By the time the Book Drive wrapped up two weeks later, people all across Baltimore had collected more than 10,000 new and gently used books to benefit the project. The event would not have been possible without our Book Drive partner, The Heart of America Foundation -- a national nonprofit focused on providing children with the tools for improved literacy – who coordinated all of the book pick-ups (and are busy counting as you read this). Early estimates show another successful event, but stay tuned for final figures soon!

The Weinberg Foundation and Heart of America coordinated with more than 40 organizations to host collection of new and gently used books.  New books will go directly to this year’s renovated Baltimore City School libraries, and gently used books will support Baltimore Reads.  This year’s Book Drive also included an online donation, accessible from the Baltimore Library Project website (www.baltimorelibraryproject.org).

The Weinberg Foundation wishes to thank everyone who contributed – in a variety of ways – to make this year’s Book Drive another tremendous success!

Nearly $14 million in new grants announced

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.

Neighborhood Progress, Inc.
Cleveland, OH
$1,000,000 capital grant to support the transformation of the former Saint Luke’s Hospital into a neighborhood anchor which will include a new health clinic focused on older adults, an intergenerational school, and a Boys & Girls Club. http://www.npi-cle.org/

Jewish Home Life Care
New York, NY
$500,000 capital grant to support the transformation of the Sarah Neuman Westchester Campus into three residence centers serving 38 older adults. http://www.jewishhome.org/

National Church Residences
Atlanta, GA
$500,000 operating grant to support the renovation of the Imperial Hotel, a historic residential building, that will provide 90 units of low-income housing with services for formerly homeless older adults as well as persons with disabilities. http://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/

Robison Jewish Home/Cedar Sinai Park
Portland, OR
$430,000 capital grant to support renovations that provide affordable housing, with services, for older adults. http://cedarsinaipark.org/

Memory Care Home Solutions
St. Louis, MO
$240,000 capital grant to support the purchase and renovation of this organization’s service center and headquarters. http://www.memorycarehs.org/

Mercy Housing California
San Francisco, CA
$200,000 capital grant
to support the construction of the Mercy Auburn Senior Community (MASC), a facility providing affordable housing and services for low-income, older adults located on the Sisters of Mercy campus.  https://www.mercyhousing.org/

Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
Beachwood, OH
$172,000 capital grant to support the renovation of an aquatic center. http://www.menorahpark.org/

Telespond Senior Services, Inc.
Scranton, PA
$125,000 operating grant to support life-enriching services to older adults, their caregivers, and younger adults with special needs. http://telespond.org/

Friendly Community Center
Cresco, PA
$120,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a historic former library building for use as a community center that will provide programs and services primarily for the under-served and low-income elderly. http://www.thefriendlycommunitycenter.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.

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Jewish Agency for Israel-North American Council
Herzliya, Israel
$150,000 program grant to support Olim Together, a program that helps Ethiopian-Israelis obtain high-quality jobs.* http://www.jafi.org.il/JewishAgency/English/Home/

San Diego Second Chance Program
San Diego, CA
$150,000 program grant over two years ($75,000 per year) to support the STRIVE program, which provides employment training and job placement for low-income adults. http://www.secondchanceprogram.org/

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Mahut Center for Women
Haifa, Israel
$60,000 operating grant to support this organization that helps low-income women over the age of 40 secure and retain employment.* http://www.mahutcenter.org/

Jane Addams Resource Corporation
Chicago, IL
$30,000 capital grant to support the expansion of the Technical Training Center, which will serve more participants in the Careers in Manufacturing Program. http://www.jane-addams.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.

Gaudenzia, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$1,200,000 capital grant over two years ($800,000/$400,000) to construct a center for women and children that will provide residential addiction treatment, childcare services, and 18 units of permanent supportive housing. http://www.gaudenzia.org/

Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$800,000 operating grant over two years ($400,000 per year) to support this organization that is one of the largest service providers in the State of Maryland with 80 programs in more than 200 locations. http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/

Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County
Wilkes Barre, PA
$500,000 operating grant to support The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Food Bank which provides food to charitable organizations serving vulnerable populations including children and older adults. http://www.ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org/

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
Scranton, PA
$500,000 operating grant to support the annual budget of the United Way which funds emergency needs programs benefitting low-income and vulnerable residents. http://www.uwlc.net/

Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area
Cincinnati, OH
$350,000 capital grant to create a Vital Support Center which will provide safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community. http://www.jfscinti.org/

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
$300,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a larger, safer, and more efficient facility to feed the hungry and transform the hunger relief effort. http://www.brfoodbank.org/

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Maryville, TN
$250,000 capital grant to support the purchase of a new facility as well as the construction of new freezer space. http://secondharvestetn.org/

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, Inc.
Gray, TN
$250,000 capital grant to support the relocation and expansion of this food bank to meet the growing demand for food assistance. http://www.netfoodbank.org/

Catholic Charities Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Elmira, NY
$200,000 capital grant to support the costs of acquiring, renovating, and equipping a warehouse facility that is four times larger than the previous space. http://www.foodbankst.org/

Catholic Social Services, Inc.
Scranton, PA
$185,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Client Choice Food Pantry at Saint Francis Commons. http://cssdioceseofscranton.org

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc.
Wilkes Barre, PA
$125,000 operating grant to support this organization that delivers essential services to women, children, and families through information, education, and direct care across a 16-county network. http://www.mfhs.org/

Teen Connection of Takoma, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support this organization that aims to fill a gap in reproductive healthcare for low-income and vulnerable young adults.

Baltimore Bikur Cholim, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to provide support services to low-income and vulnerable patients and their families who are in medical crisis. http://baltimorebikurcholim.org/

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
Columbia, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant to support crisis intervention programs and support services for low-income and homeless families and individuals. http://www.grassrootscrisis.org/

Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance
Chester, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($20,000 per year) to support this organization that provides food, clothing, and shelter to those in need. http://www.qacca.org/

Family Crisis Resource Center, Inc.
Cumberland, MD
$30,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($15,000 per year) to provide services for adults and children experiencing domestic violence and child abuse. http://familycrc.org/


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.

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
MICHA – Society for Education of Deaf Children
Beer-Sheva, Israel
$400,000 capital grant to expand this operation’s existing facility and purchase audiology equipment for deaf and hard-of-hearing babies and toddlers in need of rehabilitation and treatment.* http://www.iataskforce.org/micha-beer-sheva-society-deaf-children

The Arc of Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre, PA
$400,000 program grant to support and expand inclusive education (K-12) through the “Include Me from the Start” program. http://www.thearcpa.org/

Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$80,000 operating grant over two years ($40,000 per year) to support free educational programs, support groups, and informational seminars for people with mental illness.

Hebrew Educational Society
Brooklyn, NY
$50,000 program grant to support the launch of the Medicaid Waiver Respite Program that will provide outreach, support, and after-school respite to low-income families of children with disabilities.

Education, Children, Youth & Families/U.S.

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.

Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
Baltimore, MD
$500,000 capital challenge grant to renovate an existing building that will serve as the school’s new home. http://www.saintignatius.org/

Urban Strategies, Inc.
Saint Louis, MO
$500,000 capital grant to support the construction of a state-of-the-art early childhood center that focuses on educating children physically, socially, and emotionally. http://www.urbanstrategiesinc.org/

KIPP Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$400,000 capital grant to support this organization’s capital campaign to renovate a building that will ultimately serve more than 1,500 children. http://www.kippbaltimore.org/

Southside Early Childhood Center
Saint Louis, MO
$200,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new space for an existing early childhood education provider. http://southside-ecc.org/

Drexel Neumann Academy
Chester, PA
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support this independent, Catholic school, which provides small class sizes and an extended academic year program in an underserved area. http://teacherweb.com/PA/DrexelNeumannAcademy/SchoolHomePage/SDHP1.stm

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
Washington, DC
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to provide child care services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the families of wounded service members. https://www.penfed.org/

Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, Inc.
Columbia, MD
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($10,000 per year) to support the administration and implementation of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. http://www.dvcenter.org/

Kind, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the recruitment and training of attorneys who can provide pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant/refugee children facing deportation. http://www.supportkind.org/en/

Education, Children, Youth & Families/Israel

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Woman to Woman – Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women
Jerusalem, Israel
$56,000 capital grant to support the renovation of this organization’s facility that serves women from throughout Israel who are victims of domestic violence and their children.* http://www.jerusalemshelter.org.il

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.

Educational Alliance
New York, NY
$1,000,000 capital grant to rebuild and expand this organization’s Downtown Community Center. http://www.edalliance.org/
Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.
Scranton, PA
$500,000 operating grant to support a wide variety of educational, cultural, and human service needs through the distribution of funds provided through private donor endowments as well as the organization’s own grants process. http://www.safdn.org/

United Neighborhood Centers of Lackawanna County
Scranton, PA
$500,000 operating grant to support this organization that assesses neighborhood needs and provides proactive resources with the goal of building strong communities. http://www.uncnepa.org/

Jewish Family Service of Lackawanna County
Scranton, PA
$125,000 operating grant to support this organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life through professional counseling, advocacy, and education programming for all people in need. http://www.jfsoflackawanna.org/

Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.
Scranton, PA
$125,000 operating grant to support this organization that assists the Jewish community by providing the funds and direction necessary to deliver programs and services through its agencies and affiliates. http://jewishnepa.org/

Suited to Succeed, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$10,000 operating grant to provide affordable (either no cost or deeply discounted) professional and business clothing and accessories to low-income women who are seeking employment. http://www.suitedtosucceed.org/

* All grants with an asterisk are grants paid to P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds with the recommendation, but not requirement, that they be distributed as described

$1.8 million in grants to fund food banks, just since January!

Already in 2013, the Weinberg Foundation has approved capital grants totaling $1.8 million to seven food banks across the United States. These grants will be used to expand facilities that will allow increased food distribution throughout communities:


  • Food Bank of Delaware - $250,000
  • Food Bank of the Southern Tier - $200,000
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank - $300,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank - $300,000
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank - $250,000
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee - $250,000
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee - $250,000

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that provide sufficient and nutritious food, so it recognizes the important role that food banks play in ensuring adequate food for people in need. We continue to accept requests from food banks that are increasing warehouse space in order to serve more people.

Weinberg Foundation announces preliminary findings of $8.1 million Caregiver Initiative

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has highlighted the initial findings of the Family and Informal Caregiver Initiative – believed to be the largest effort in the nation to identify supports and services that really work.
Knowing that as much as 80-percent of all long-term care for chronically ill and disabled older adults is delivered by family and friends, the Weinberg Foundation launched the Caregiver Initiative in 2009. The program involved 14 organizations in nine states with total funding of nearly $15 million over its three-year span.

Analyses of Caregiver Initiative data have shown significant decreases in caregiver stress and depression. But perhaps the most dramatic result of the Caregiver Initiative is the dollar savings — for both the individual caregivers and the community-at-large – in the form of delayed nursing home placement. Applying even the most conservative nursing home costs, it is estimated that the Weinberg Caregiver Initiative resulted in a savings of approximately $38 million in either out-of-pocket expense for the care recipient/family or government reimbursement.

Among other findings:

  • 74% of family and informal caregivers are women and nearly 40% are daughters.
  • 62% of family and informal caregivers are between 36 and 64 years of age.
  • Roughly one-third of all caregivers had provided care for at least five years, often resulting in severe stress and financial strain.

The Weinberg Foundation also hosted a reception in Chicago, in conjunction with the Aging in America Conference, celebrating the Caregiver Initiative’s results. Each nonprofit was presented with a check for $20,000, a total of $280,000, to help sustain work in support of family and informal caregivers.

Hold the date for the Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering!

LogoAnd finally, it’s never too early to mark your calendar for a truly special afternoon with hundreds of the Foundation’s closest friends.

This year’s Annual Community Gathering will be held Tuesday, November 19, from 4-6 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville, Maryland.   

The Weinberg Foundation will celebrate its mission, partnerships, and accomplishments of 2013. Please look for more details soon!

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