The Los Angeles-based Weingart Foundation has announced that it plans to award $20 million in its current fiscal year to organizations working to address the impacts of COVID-19 and advance racial equity and justice in Southern California.
In an announcement on its website, the foundation’s president and CEO, Fred Ali, indicated that the commitment will provide unrestricted operating support funds "to core partners in order to help them maintain and strengthen capacity and — most importantly — to build power." While the foundation has made emergency COVID-19 grants totaling $2 million to date, the grants it awards in its current fiscal year, which started July 1, will address nonprofits' longer-term needs.
The foundation will continue to support immigrant/refugee rights, housing, nonprofit effectiveness, and historically underfunded communities in southern and southeastern Los Angeles County, with a focus on "the structural racism and socioeconomic injustice exposed by this crisis," and will allocate additional resources to make program-related investments, retain its flexibility to respond to emerging needs, and sustain its Youth Organizing and the John W. Mack Fellows, both recently established.
"A just recovery must move resources and power to the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society, and it will require that we change the systems that are no longer working," Ali wrote. "This is no easy task, but real change is both necessary and possible. We look forward to working with our partners to advance the vision of a caring, safe, and thriving society through this crisis and beyond."