Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg supports programs helping individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other types of abuse.

IP TAKE: This funder generally focuses its college readiness grants on organizations located in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Chicago, Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York City, San Francisco and Israel. Weinberg also occasionally considers grant requests from organizations located outside of these priority areas.

PROFILE: Harry Weinberg established the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in 1959 to “[c]ontinue his work to help the poor and vulnerable.” The foundation’s “[s]ole purpose is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through non-profit grants and direct service providers.” Areas of grantmaking interest include older adults, workforce development, education, people with disabilities, basic human needs and health, veterans and general community support.

Weinberg does not have a grantmaking program specifically dedicated to college readiness; however, its education grantmaking emphasizes “[S]TEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy, out-of-school time and college and career preparedness.

Grant amounts typically range from $20,000 to $100,000. Past college preparedness grantees include the Baltimore Community Foundation, which received multiple grants, including one to support a college and career preparedness program; and Building Steps, which received support for its program preparing students for college through STEM focused seminars and college access workshops.

 The Weinberg Foundation accepts letters of inquiry (LOI) on a rolling basis; however, it requests that grantseekers contact the appropriate team member before submitting their LOIs.

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