The Weissberg Foundation envisions a just world that recognizes inequities and builds access, opportunity, and power so that all can thrive.
Because so many social, economic, and political disparities are deeply rooted in racism, we support systems change to advance equity, in particular for communities of color, those closest to incarceration, immigrants, and refugees. We take an intersectional approach to our work, as we believe that at the intersections of identity and power there is the greatest potential for positive, truly transformative social change.
In the summer of 2017, the Weissberg Foundation adopted a 5-year strategic framework to guide our programs, operations, and governance. Infused throughout each element of this framework and how we implement it are our core values: equity, listening and learning, intentionality, ingenuity, and trust and empowerment.
To advance organizations and efforts that give voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations through funding, amplification, capacity building, and collaboration.
Our Intended Outcomes
We seek three levels of outcomes across our work:
Change agents from historically marginalized populations are empowered to advance equitable and improved outcomes.
Organizations we support have strengthened their capacity to operate sustainably and advance their goals.
We operate equitably, effectively, and efficiently.
To achieve our desired outcomes, we employ four key strategies:
Identify the most promising initiatives giving voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations and provide them with funding that best meets their needs.
Empower and embolden our grantees to speak up, speak up more ourselves, and use our platform to turn up the volume on voices we believe need to be heard.
- Build Capacity
Approach our work with a strong learning agenda, engage in efforts to strengthen the capacity of our grantees, our own foundation, and the social sector to be more effective.
Connect, convene, and collaborate with others within and across sectors to leverage resources, amplify voices, learn, and mobilize for change.
The Foundation focuses our efforts in four major program areas:
- Reframing <Washington> Empowerment Fund (Greater Washington)
- Diversity in Theater (Greater Washington)
- Criminal Justice Reform (Local, regional, and national)
- Weissberg Program in Human Rights (Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin)
Our strategic framework is available for download as a PDF.
We primarily fund in the United States, with about half of our domestic grantmaking going locally to the Washington Metropolitan area. A small percentage of our funding has supported causes outside the US, particularly the economic empowerment of women in girls in South America.
The Foundation is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals.