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Where We Give

The Foundation primarily provides grant support to organizations in its priority communities.

The Foundation’s priority communities include Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaii, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Rural Communities (primarily surrounding other priority communities). These areas represent personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as cities where Weinberg Foundation trustees reside and provide leadership.

Within each of its priority communities, the Foundation is focused on improving the lives of low-income and vulnerable people by supporting organizations that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education. Requests for funding should align with the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities within at least one of those four focus areas. Specific strategies for two of the Foundation’s Priority Communities, Israel and Rural Communities, have been completed. As indicated, strategies for other Priority Communities are still being developed and will be shared as soon as possible.

Baltimore

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

Chicago

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

Hawaii

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

Israel

In addition to aligning with the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education, grant requests for Israel must fit one of the three priorities outlined below.

Aging in Community

As in the United States, the Foundation supports projects that enable older adults to remain independent, within their communities, and with maximum quality of life.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Home modification programs that provide access to wraparound services and benefits.
  • Models that address older adults’ social determinants of health, with the goal of preventing hospitalization, readmission, and institutionalization.
  • Caregiver support programs that help with older adults’ daily personal care (bathing, dressing, walking, eating, etc.).
  • The multi-sector Eshkelot or “Clusters” Initiative led by the National Insurance Institute (NII). This project supports the capital renovation of skilled nursing facilities, seeking to implement a culture-change agenda and modernize facilities. All projects should prioritize person-centered care, allowing residents to make decisions about daily life, including choices related to food, activities, and socialization.
Jobs

The Foundation supports non-academic, technical training programs leading to economic independence. Projects may serve a range of populations, including (but not limited to) Israeli-Arab citizens, the Haredi or ultra-Orthodox population, Ethiopian Israelis, women at risk, older adults, and adults with disabilities.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Culturally sensitive employment programs that train vulnerable populations, including Israeli Arabs, ultra-Orthodox, and Ethiopians, for work in the technology sector.
  • Residential programs that include individualized employment training, counseling, and other wraparound services for low-income and vulnerable individuals.
Women and Children At Risk

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that meet the needs of women and children at risk in Israel, including those experiencing homelessness, escaping domestic violence and other forms of abuse, or experiencing unstable employment. Projects should prioritize access to wraparound services and focus on achieving economic independence.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • The renovation and construction of shelters that serve women and children escaping domestic abuse.
  • Programs focused on providing financial literacy training, comprehensive case management, and wraparound services that lead to greater economic independence for vulnerable women and their children.

Israel Mission & Alumni Scholars Program

For several years, the Weinberg Foundation has been privileged to bring prominent community and government leaders, primarily from Maryland, to visit Israel. Participants have the opportunity to meet with major Israeli political and community representatives, including social-service agencies which reflect the Foundation’s grantmaking in Israel.

While the Jewish community of Baltimore sponsored this trip since 1981, the Foundation began funding the mission in 2001, and has been solely running and leading the trip since 2007. The goal has been to provide participants with a rare opportunity to better understand and interpret the complex realities of the Middle East, as well as a firsthand look at the Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking in Israel.

After building relationships with Mission participants for several years, in 2008 the Foundation launched the Alumni Scholars Program. This program includes annual events with keynote speakers covering current issues in Israel and throughout the Middle East as well as book mailings, an alumni directory, and reunion dinners. Nearly 600 Israel Mission Alumni now remain connected with the Foundation, as well as each other. This network of meaningful, lasting relationships has produced tangible benefits for the community at-large in the form of partnerships and initiatives rooted in their shared experiences in Israel.

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Mission 2018 Participants
New York City

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

Northeastern Pennsylvania

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

San Francisco

We are currently refining our strategic priorities for this community and anticipate sharing more information in 2019.

Rural Communities

The Foundation’s rural grantmaking focuses on communities located within, or surrounding, any of the Foundation’s priority communities. The Foundation has chosen not to adopt a strict definition of “rural.” Instead, potential grantees should provide, as part of their Letter of Inquiry, sufficient information to demonstrate that their service area is rural. Factors to be considered include (but are not limited to) population size and concentration, proximity to large metropolitan areas, number of service providers in the area, and infrastructure challenges that make meeting the needs of isolated and vulnerable people especially difficult.

In addition to aligning with the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education, special consideration will be given to grant requests that align with the priorities listed below.

Access

Rural communities face unique challenges connecting low-income residents to critical services, including geographic isolation, lack of transportation options, and limited cell phone and internet service. The Foundation awards capital and program grants that focus on helping low-income individuals and families in rural areas access these services.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • “Demand-Response” Transit Programs that allow individuals to make advance requests for transportation to access critical services such as medical care, behavioral health services, employment-training programs, or after-school programming. Programs include vanpools, car-sharing and share-ride programs, taxi subsidies, and volunteer driver programs.
  • Care Coordination Models that take a unique approach to providing comprehensive care services. One example is Program for Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) centers that coordinate all Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including health care (i.e., primary care), meals, social services, and transportation. PACE programs also utilize converted vans, small trucks, and other vehicles to provide health screenings, dental services, benefits enrollment, and other services.
  • Technology and Telehealth Models that use telecommunications and information technology to provide immediate assistance, particularly in the area of behavioral health.
Jobs

The Foundation is interested in specific jobs programs that seek—in partnership with local stakeholders—to bring best practices and programming to rural communities. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting youth in rural communities through high-quality, school-based career exploration programs, as well as career and technical education initiatives that help students move directly from graduation to work-based internships or apprenticeships.

Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance

The Foundation recognizes that organizations serving rural populations are often limited in the number of people that they can serve, and in their ability to develop organizational infrastructure and implement best practices. The Foundation is interested in supporting capacity-building and technical assistance for rural nonprofits, including (but not limited to) efforts to improve data collection and management; to develop systems and processes for tracking metrics and outcomes; enhancing technological and other infrastructure; and replication of best practices in a given area that aligns with the Foundation’s Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services priorities.

Contact information

If you have any questions, or require any additional information regarding the grant process, please contact grantsintake@hjweinberg.org.