August 15, 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:

New commitment increases total Weinberg Foundation funding for “culture-change” residences to more than $13 million

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced a commitment to make $8 million in new capital grants - just through February 2014 - for Green House residences that will bring high-quality, long-term nursing care to low-income seniors. This latest Weinberg Foundation commitment builds on the Foundation’s six capital grants for Green House homes made during the past five years - totaling just over $5.5 million - or an overall investment of more than $13 million in the improved residential care of older adults.

Green House residences are one expression of the “culture-change” philosophy that seeks to transform the care of older adults by moving away from hospital-like settings, instead focusing on individually-directed values and practices within more home-like environments. The Weinberg Foundation’s new $8 million capital grant commitment is part of a collaboration involving Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP Foundation to extend the Green House model to all older adults, regardless of income.

Unlike traditional nursing homes, the Green House model provides smaller communities designed to look and feel like a real home. In an effort to provide more personalized care, each residence houses only 10-12 older adults, and every resident has the comfort of a private room and bathroom, along with the freedom to set his or her daily routine.

More than $1 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.

National Hispanic Council on Aging Housing of DC
Washington, DC
$100,000 program grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to manage a volunteer outreach and service coordination program for older adults living in Casa Iris and the surrounding community.

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.

Operation Warm, Inc.
Chadds Ford, PA
$60,000 program grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to support the Baltimore Coat Program that provides new winter coats to children in need at three elementary schools and four family shelters.

Allegany Health Right, Inc.
Cumberland, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support this organization that works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, uninsured adults.


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
Milbat-Israeli Center for Assistive Technology
Tel Hashomer, Israel
$210,000 operating grant over three years ($70,000 per year) to support this organization that strives to improve the independence and safety of the older adults and disabled individuals by providing assistive technology.*

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Amit Shikum
Nazareth Elite, Israel
$140,000 program grant over three years ($50,000/$50,000/$40,000) to support this organization’s vocational guidance and job placement program that strives to locate and secure minimum wage jobs for people with mental illnesses.*

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Arlington, VA
$60,000 program grant over two years ($30,000 per year) to provide funding that will modify the Family-to-Family support program for military families.

US Education

The Weinberg Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring that children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math) literacy, out-of-school time, early childhood development, and child and family safety.

Maryland Family Network, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support 23 family centers that seek to provide thousands of at-risk children and their families with the resources to learn and succeed.

Salvadori Educational Center
New York, NY
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support this organization that provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming for schools and community centers located in low-income areas as well as professional development for teachers.

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.

Gilchrist Hospice Care, Inc.
Hunt Valley, MD               
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support this organization’s non-compensated costs due to a patient’s inadequate insurance coverage or financial hardship, specifically for use with the grantee’s pediatric hospice program.

* 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.

“Pieces” coming together for 2013 Library Project grand openings

All of the pieces are coming together, literally, for “Chapter 2” of the Baltimore Elementary/Middle School Library Project. Thanks to Art with a Heart - one of the Library Project’s more than 30 incredible partners - Weinberg Foundation employees began creating one of the mosaics that will be placed in each of the Library Project schools.

This particular mosaic will be featured at Arlington Elementary/Middle School. Thanks to all of our incredible staff, friends, partners, and supporters for being a “piece” of this project!  

In addition to mosaics being created, contractors have been hard at work putting the final touches on the actual libraries. Everything is on schedule and all involved with the Library Project cannot wait to show off these beautiful, new spaces! Just a reminder that the official grand opening will be held on Monday, September 23 from 2 – 3 p.m. at Arlington Elementary/Middle School, 3705 West Rogers Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Faculty, students, and families at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary will hold a celebration of their own on the morning of September 23. Both schools’ festivities will feature a mobile food pantry provided in conjunction with Maryland Food Bank. Following the celebrations, families will be invited to tour the new library space and then visit the food pantry where they will have the opportunity to select 25 pounds of food—including fresh produce—to take home.

To stay up-to-date on the latest happenings of the Library Project,visit

New community grants overview for Basic Human Needs and Health

Description: cid:B481CB75-E57E-46F0-8C62-75F9BEF1D81CThe Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has just finished its most recent community grants overview, highlighting grants of $50,000 or more approved or distributed over the past three years within the Foundation’s portfolio of Basic Human Needs and Health.

During that time, the Foundation approved 158 grants totaling nearly $23.5 million. In addition, the Foundation paid more than $33.3 million in previously approved grants, for a total investment of $56 million.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the past three years of the Weinberg Foundation’s support of programs and direct services that help to meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities:

  • The Weinberg Foundation supported 14 organizations with a total of $17.2 million with various types of shelter and housing projects.
  • The Foundation approved 13 capital and operating grants, totaling $8.9 million, to organizations that are increasing food distribution to meet higher demand.
  • The Foundation committed nearly $8 million to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other community health centers.

To see the entire community grants overview for Basic Human Needs and Health, please click here.

Please help us to update your contact information

The Weinberg Foundation is launching a major upgrade in communicating with our many friends and associates, and we hope you will take just a few seconds to assist us. If your contact information has changed within the past year, please share your new information by emailing us at Thank you for your help to ensure an updated Weinberg Foundation database and, most importantly, continued connection with important Foundation news and events.

Hold the date for the Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering!

WEINBERG-LogoWe hope you have received your Hold the Date for this year’s Annual Community Gathering!

This year’s event will be held Tuesday, November 19, from 4:30-6:30 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! If you have not received your Hold the Date in the mail, please contact Yvonne Sporrer at or 443-738-1185.

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