We work to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty.
Vice President’s Message
Listening Out Loud — A Focus on Equity
Listening to nonprofits, grantees, and communities has always been a core value at the Weingart Foundation. Listening is especially important to us in this time following the August 2016 announcement of our full and long-term commitment to advancing social and economic equity. With this announcement, we also launched a year of intensive listening and learning in order to learn how people are responding to our initial plan and hear what suggestions they might have to strengthen our strategies around equity moving forward.
In the months since our equity announcement, we’ve worked hard to promote two-way communications with nonprofits. In that time, we’ve had individual phone calls with nonprofit leaders from across Southern California, and we’ve gone into a number of communities for in-depth listening sessions. We also held a teleconference with 200 nonprofit participants. As we progress in this process, we will regularly share what we’re hearing from community members and how this feedback is informing our work.
To read Belen Vargas’ Vice President’s Message about what we’ve been hearing so far and how we’re responding, click here.