The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Distributes $100 Million in Grants During Past Year
BALTIMORE, October 29, 2009 — The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, will welcome more than 700 elected officials and dignitaries, as well as community, civic and business leaders to its Annual Community Event on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Beth Tfiloh Congregation (3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD). This year’s Annual Community Event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Weinberg Foundation’s charitable giving.
President Shale Stiller will deliver a speech entitled “Reflections on Philanthropy” and Trustee Barry I. Schloss will speak about the “Year in Review.” During the gathering, several updates will be provided summarizing the past year including:
• By making grants of approximately $100 million during the past year, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has continued to secure its position as one of the major American private funders for the benefit of financially disadvantaged individuals.
• After a several month hiatus in the receipt of Letters Of Inquiry (LOI), the first step in the grant application process, the Foundation’s “mailbox” was opened during August 2009. The result was a deluge of over 1,100 LOI’s received during that one month.
• In July, the Weinberg Foundation hosted its third annual Employee Giving Program event. $180,000 was awarded to 18 nonprofits.
• Since April 2009, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program RFP has awarded 14 grants totaling $8,184,145 to provide support for innovative and evidence-based community initiatives and projects that help family and friends assist low- and moderate-income, community dwelling older adults in maintaining their independence and quality of life. The grants were made to organizations in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
• Launched in December 2007, the Foundation initiated the Maryland Small Grants Program (MSGP) to help eligible nonprofits more easily and efficiently apply for a grant. Nonprofits are required to complete a simple, five-page proposal. In most cases it takes only 50 days for applications to be processed and funded. The response to the Maryland Small Grants Program has been overwhelming. The Foundation has awarded $10,463,450 to 181 nonprofits across the state since the program began less than two years ago.