The Weissberg Foundation envisions a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism by continuously building 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 November of 2019, the Weissberg Foundation revised the 2017-2021 strategic framework that guides our programs, operations, and governance to more boldly and explicitly center power building to dismantle structural racism. Infused throughout each element of this framework and how we implement it are our core values of Listening and Learning; Building Power and Community; and Equity and Justice.
Through funding, amplification, capacity building, and collaboration, advance organizations and efforts building power of those most negatively impacted by racism.
Our Intended Outcomes
We seek three levels of outcomes across our work:
Change agents are empowered to advance equitable practices and outcomes.
Grantees have strengthened their capacity to operate sustainably and advance their goals.
The foundation operates equitably, effectively, and efficiently toward our vision and mission.
To achieve our desired outcomes, we employ four key strategies:
Identify the most promising initiatives centering people directly impacted by structural racism and other systems of oppression and support them with funding that best meets their needs.
Empower and embolden our grantee partners and ourselves to speak up more, using our platform to turn up the volume on voices we believe need to be heard.
- Build Capacity
Strengthen the capacity of our foundation, philanthropy, our grantee partners, and the social sector to be more equitable and 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:
- Disrupt, Move, Voice Power (Regional)
- Equitable Justice (Local, regional, and national)
- Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Theater (Greater Washington)
- JustVA Fund (Virginia, State-Wide)
- Weissberg Program in Human Rights & Social Justice (Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin)
Our strategic framework is available for download as a PDF.
The Foundation is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals.
Investment Policy Statement
In 2019, the Foundation established an Investment Policy Statement to align our endowment with our values and mission.
Our Investment Policy Statement is available for download as a PDF.