Program Areas

The Weissberg Foundation funds efforts in four core program areas:

  • Disrupt, Move, Voice Power (DMV Power)

    • A four-year initiative centered on building power – through advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement – by and 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.
    • In September 2019, we issued a request for proposals, and following review process engaging both foundation and community representatives, awards were made to a cohort of ten grantee partners in January 2020.
  • Equitable Justice

    • An initiative to advance small, community-based organizations in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, and Washington, DC that builds the leadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, transgender, 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 proposals and after engaging foundation and community representatives in review process, awarded grants in November 2018. Funding for these grantees has been extended through 2021.
  • 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.
    • In 2016, six theaters were awarded three-year grants based on a competitive, multi-step RFP process that engaged both internal and external reviewers. The foundation and the grantee partners are currently engaged in a learning and evaluation process for the program and hope to share our learnings with the broader theater and funding community in the spring of 2020.
  • 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.