For our JustVA Fund, the Foundation has prepared specific answers to several frequently asked questions. Click on the FAQ to view the answer.
What types of organizations will you support through this fund?
Through the JustVA Fund, the Weissberg Foundation will support organizations that:
- Maintain 501c3 status or are fiscally sponsored;
- Have a budget supporting advocacy or organizing work that is $1 million or less;
- Are dedicated criminal justice organizations or have specific criminal justice campaigns or agendas dedicated to change-making in Virginia;
- Centralize racial justice in their mission, vision, operations, and programming;
- Are Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color led and centered as outlined in the RFP;
- Use advocacy and/or community organizing as key engagement and power building strategies; and
- Reach jurisdictions, counties, or regions in Virginia, with some work being done at the state-level.
What do you mean by advocacy and organizing?
There are varying definitions for advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement. The following definitions from our colleagues resonate the most with the Weissberg Foundation.
Any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. It includes public education, regulatory work, litigation, and work before administrative bodies, lobbying, voter registration, voter education, and more.
- Community organizing
A multi-faceted strategy for social change that relies on the leadership of members from the affected community to bring about change. HSF also states the following goals of community organizing: 1) improve social conditions, outcomes, and the quality of life for marginalized communities through systemic change; 2) build the leadership within marginalized communities; and 3) strengthen democratic participation and accountability of decision makers to marginalized communities.
What are the details for the July 13, 2021 informational webinar?
The webinar will take place on July 13, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom. Please use the following link to access the webinar: http://bit.ly/Register_JustVA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What if I am unable to make the July 13, 2021 informational webinar?
The call will be recorded, and we will provide a link to the recording on our website on the JustVA page. You can also request the link directly from Leni Dworkis at [email protected].
Who do I contact for assistance in completing and submitting a letter of intent (LOI)?
Please contact Leni Dworkis at [email protected] for assistance with submitting an LOI through our online grant making system, or through alternative methods if needed.
Why does the Foundation use external grant reviewers?
The Foundation’s experience with inviting external individuals to join our board and staff in the grant review process is that it brings different perspectives, expertise, and experience to our review process. Grant decisions are therefore better informed, and we and our guest reviewers learn from one another and strengthen relationships across the field.
Why does this initiative focus on Black, Indigenous, and people of color led and centered organizations?
When thinking about criminal justice within the entire commonwealth of Virginia, it is essential to center those who are most directly impacted by racism. Historically, Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the state have been under-resourced and underserved through social, political, and economic systems that perpetuate inequity. The criminal legal system is no different – it disproportionately creates disadvantages for Black, Indigenous, and people of color whose lives are touched by it. Additionally, we recognize the ways in which racism is codified through the criminal legal system and that sweeping change needs a racial justice lens to improve these outcomes.