March 2018 News

Message from Belen Vargas, Senior Vice President:
Assumptions to Guide Our FY 2019 & 2020 Program Strategies

This July the Weingart Foundation will release our FY 2019 & 2020 Program Strategies – a comprehensive roadmap that will guide our work in advancing social and economic justice over the course of the next two fiscal years.

We base our strategies in large part on continuous listening and learning from the nonprofit sector. Over the past six months we’ve engaged with hundreds of nonprofits seeking support to strengthen their organizations and also held a number of listening sessions with dozens of nonprofit leaders from across the region. During all of these conversations, nonprofit leaders shared information about their landscape, and about the challenges and opportunities they anticipate over the next several years. They also overwhelmingly shared that the Foundation’s existing strategies are working, emphasizing that our unrestricted operating support remains their greatest need. As a result, we plan over the next two years to largely maintain our existing strategies, which focus on strengthening organizations that are working to advance opportunity and inclusion for communities.

We’ve distilled these learnings from nonprofits and communities into a set of key draft assumptions about the landscape and how we plan to approach our work over the next two years. We share these draft assumptions now in order to get your feedback. For example, are our findings consistent with your organization’s experience, or do you have a different perspective? Are there major trends or issues that we are missing? Once finalized, these assumptions will guide the development of our FY 2019 and 2020 Program Strategies, which will be released and shared on our website in July. To read the draft planning assumptions and give us your thoughts, click here.

California Earned Income Tax Credit

The Weingart Foundation is supporting outreach and education efforts regarding the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). The CalEITC is a cash-back tax refund that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. After a 2017 expansion, it could boost incomes for an estimated 1.7 million eligible families throughout the state this year. We encourage nonprofit organizations to help spread the word among the communities you serve. For more information about the CalEITC, including tools for nonprofits, click here.