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Weingart Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

Weingart Foundation

1055 W. 7th St., Ste. 3200

Los Angeles, CA United States 90017-2305

Telephone: (213) 688-7799


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $779,431,371

Total giving: $35,327,058






Incorporated in 1951 in CA - Founded by the late Ben and Stella Weingart. Ben Weingart was the real estate developer who, along with Louis Boyar and Mark Taper, was credited with the creation of the "instant city" of Lakewood, CA, that was, along with Levittown, NY, the archetypal post-World War II American suburb.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to build a better America by offering constructive assistance to people in need, thereby helping them to lead more rewarding, responsible lives. .

Program Area(s)

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

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has mad PRIs in the form of loans for two community health centers. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to a college for capital improvements, and to a fund devoted to affordable housing development.

Small Grant Program

The primary purpose of the program is to increase access to funding and strengthen the capacity of small, community based, and developing organizations. Therefore, priority is given to organizations with operating budgets under $1 million (excluding the San Diego County Small Grant Program where budgets under $1.5 million are the priority). The program also supports small capital projects for organizations of any size (excluding the San Diego County Small Grant Program where priority is given solely to organizations with operating budgets under $1.5 million). Priority is given to organizations providing services in the following seven Southern California counties: Los Angeles; Orange; Riverside; San Bernardino; San Diego; Santa Barbara; and Ventura. Maximum grant award is $25,000 for a 12-month period. However, it should be noted that average grant awards range between $10,000 and $15,000. In addition, the foundation will not generally fund an entire project budget. Generally, requests from organizations with less than three years operating history in the Southern California region will not be considered at this time. For more grant information and the online application see foundation web site. .

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Child development
  • Child educational development
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Crime prevention
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Employment
  • Family services
  • Food aid
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Homeless services
  • Hospice care
  • Hospital care
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Immigrant services
  • Leadership development
  • Legal services
  • Nursing care
  • Reading promotion
  • Rehabilitation
  • Secondary education
  • Sports and recreation
  • Youth organizing
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • American Indians
  • Bisexuals
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Female adults
  • Female children
  • Female children and youth
  • Female young adults
  • Females
  • Gay men
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Incarcerated people
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Intersex people
  • Lesbians
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Male adults
  • Male children
  • Male children and youth
  • Male young adults
  • Males
  • Migrant workers
  • Military personnel
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with hearing impairments
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Seniors
  • Sex workers
  • Single parents
  • Substance abusers
  • Terminally ill people
  • Transgender people
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $779,431,371 (market value)

Expenditures: $44,536,950

Total giving: $35,327,058

Qualifying distributions: $35,327,058

Giving activities include:

$35,327,058 for grants

$750,000 for 1 loan/program-related investment