Program Areas

The Weissberg Foundation funds efforts in five core program areas:

  • Disrupt, Move, Voice Power (DMV Power)

    • A four-year initiative centered on building power – through advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement – for people of color in the District, suburban Maryland, and Virginia as a strategy to dismantle structural racism in pursuit of a more equitable region.
    • A request for proposals has been released and letters of interest are due on October 2, 2019. After engaging in a robust review process, it is expected that awards will be announced in January 2020.
  • Equitable Justice

    • An initiative to advance small, community-based organizations in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC that build the leadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals of color to advance equity and change the narrative about who they are, what our criminal justice system is, and what it can be.
    • In June 2018, we issued a request for grant proposals (now closed) and are currently engaging foundation and community representatives in a proposal review process. Grant awards will be announced in November 2018.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Theater

    • A three-year initiative to build the capacity of DC-area theaters to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through their governance, operations, and programming.
    • Three-year grants were awarded based on a competitive, multi-step RFP process that engaged both internal and external reviewers.
  • Program in Human Rights & Social Justice

    • A long-term partnership with Beloit College in Wisconsin using a multi-pronged approach to prepare students to engage critically with human rights, as well as promote and defend them.
  • Reframing <Washington>

    • A program to support community-based organizations in and serving the DC area that are working to build economic, political, and social power among historically marginalized populations—namely populations of color, those closest to incarceration, and immigrants and refugees—through advocacy, community organizing, and/or civic engagement.
    • One-year Empowerment Fund grants were awarded in January 2018 based on a competitive, multi-step RFP process that engaged both foundation and community reviewers.