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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

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Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

7 Park Center Ct.

Owings Mills, MD United States 21117-4200

Telephone: (410) 654-8500

URL: www.hjweinbergfoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-02-28)

Assets: $2,108,683,842

Total giving: $92,394,784

EIN

526037034

BRIDGE Number

2307256160

Additional Contact Information

For Hawaii operations correspondence: 3660 Waialae Ave., Ste. 400, Honolulu, HI 96816-3260, tel.: (808) 924-1000, fax: (808) 922-3975

Background

Incorporated in 1959 in MD - Founded by Harry Weinberg and his wife, Jeanette. The late Harry Weinberg was actively involved in real estate and other business pursuits throughout many areas of the United States, with primary concentrations in several of the Hawaiian Islands, Baltimore, Maryland and Scranton, Pennsylvania. For portions of the 1950s and 1960s, he headed a diverse intra-urban transportation empire, owning mass transit bus lines in New York, Scranton, Dallas, and Honolulu. He accumulated an even larger fortune in securities and real estate. At the time of his death in 1990, he was the largest single real estate investor in Hawaii. His late wife, Jeanette, was an avid painter and philanthropist.

Purpose and Activities

Support for programs and direct services (including general operating grants) and capital projects that assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families primarily located in Maryland, Hawaii, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Israel and the Former Soviet Union.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Basic Human Needs

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. Goals of this program area include providing 1) A safe and stable place to call home; 2) Appropriate support services to aid homeless youth in reaching self-sufficiency; 3) Short-term economic and social service support in times of hardship; 4) Sufficient and nutritious food; and 5) Increased access to healthcare. For more information see the foundation website or contact Amy Kleine, Prog. Dir., e-mail:akleine@hjweinberg.org or tel.: 410-654-8500, ext. 268.

Disabilities

The foundation supports 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. Goals of this program area include providing grants in the following areas 1) Housing; 2) Employment; 3) Early intervention; 4) Community-based services for those with psychiatric illnesses; 5) Integrated summer camps and other social programs; 7) Legal aid programs and access to benefits; and 9) Assistive technology. For more information see the foundation website or contact Stan Goldman, Prog. Dir., e-mail:sgoldman@hjweinberg.org or tel.: 410-654-8500, ext. 263.

Education (United States)

The 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. Goals of this program area include providing 1) early childhood education programs; 2) STEM programs; and 3) out of school time programs. For more information see the foundation website or contact Sheryl Goldstein, Prog. Dir., e-mail:sgoldstein@hjweinberg.org or tel.: 410-654-8500, ext. 217.

Employee Giving Program

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (The Weinberg Library Project), now involving more than 30 partners, works with Baltimore City Public schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated libraries in selected schools where existing public funds can be leveraged. The Weinberg Foundation has committed a total of $10 million to build up to 24 school libraries for what is expected to be a legacy project. The first three libraries were dedicated in the fall of 2012. Five school libraries have already been transformed, and four more are scheduled to open in 2014. The new school libraries include the latest learning technologies; thousands of new books; and dedicated spaces for study, research, and instruction as well as for parent/ guardian visits.

General Community Support

The foundation supports Jewish and non-Jewish community development efforts including major programs of Associated Black Charities, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Baltimore Community Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, and Catholic Charities. Grants made within this program area also support efforts such as renovation or construction of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and community improvement projects in low-income neighborhoods. For more information see the foundation website or contact Kate Sorestad, Prog. Off., e-mail: ksorestad@hjweinberg.org or tel.: 410-654-8500, ext. 249 .

Israel Mission Program

For many years, the foundation has been privileged to bring prominent community and government leaders, primarily from Maryland, to visit Israel. The goal has been to provide a rare opportunity to witness first-hand, how individuals have overcome adversity, organized themselves, and thrived with dignity in such a complicated region of the world. The objective of this educational trip is to present Israel to the trip participants so that they can better understand and interpret the complex realities of the Middle East.

Israel Mission/Alumni Scholars

After building relationships with Mission participants for several years, in 2007 the foundation launched the Alumni Scholars Program. The 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. More than 400 Israel Mission Alumni now remain connected with the Weinberg Foundation, as well as each other.

Maryland Small Grants Program

MSGP is intended to help smaller, eligible nonprofits more easily and efficiently apply for funding, an initial grant of up to $50,000 for two years ($100,000 total). Funding for additional years may be available. The four year limit for funding is no longer in effect. Funding beyond four years is subject to certain conditions. MSGP includes all foundation grantmaking areas: Basic Human Needs & Health; Disabilities; Education (United States); General Community Support; Older Adults; and Workforce Development. For more information see the foundation website.

Older Adults

This is the largest single area of grantmaking by the foundation. No other American foundation of similar size has emphasized care for low-income and vulnerable older adults to this extent. The foundation seeks to fund organizations that help the frailest, poorest older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and maintain their independence for as long as possible. The following principles guide grantmaking for the Older Adults portfolio: 1) Serve the poorest; 2) Serve the most vulnerable; 3) Address the most basic needs; and 4) Build the field. In addition, the program has priority areas for capital and operating grants. For capital grants: 1) Residential care facilities; 2) Housing construction and repair; and 3) Community-based facilities. For operating grants: 1) Community-based services and supports to meet the most basic needs; 2) Informal caregiver support; 3) Promotion of professional long-term care workforce; and 4) Economic Security. For more information see the foundation website or contact Michael Marcus, Prog. Dir., e-mail: mmarcus@hjweinberg.org or tel.: 410-654-8500, ext. 244.

Weinberg Library Project

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (The Weinberg Library Project), now involving more than 30 partners, works with Baltimore City Public schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated libraries in selected schools where existing public funds can be leveraged. The foundation has committed a total of $10 million to build up to 24 school libraries for what is expected to be a legacy project. The first three libraries were dedicated in the fall of 2012. Five school libraries have already been transformed, and four more are scheduled to open in 2014. The new school libraries include the latest learning technologies; thousands of new books; and dedicated spaces for study, research, and instruction as well as for parent/ guardian visits.

Workforce Development

The foundation is committed to helping people help themselves by obtaining and retaining employment, preferably on a career track. The foundation supports programs that provide the “life-tools” for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support. Goals of this program area include providing 1) Job-Readiness training; 2) Financial literacy; 3) Adult entrepreneurship programs; and 4) Youth and work programs. For more information see the foundation website or contact Marci Hunn, Prog. Dir., e-mail: mhunn@hjweinberg.org or tel.: at 410-654-8500, ext. 261.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Education
  • Food aid
  • Health
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Senior services
International Interests
  • Israel
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Extremely poor people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-02-28

Assets: $2,108,683,842 (market value)

Expenditures: $119,030,448

Total giving: $92,394,784

Qualifying distributions: $98,056,009