August 2019 News
Protecting Immigrant Families – Final Public Charge Rule
The Department of Homeland Security has finalized a new rule that will deny legal immigrants green cards or visa renewals if they receive aid through a range of safety-net programs, including medical, food and housing assistance. If litigation does not stop or delay the rule from being implemented, the new policy will go into effect on October 15, 2019. The new public charge rule has created confusion and fear in communities. A number of immigrant families have already disenrolled in programs that are necessary to survive and thrive. As nonprofits work to inform and prepare community members, the Weingart Foundation would like to share the following resources: Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s Public Charge Outreach Toolkit, and the California Immigrant Policy Center’s information.
Announcing the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows
The Weingart Foundation is pleased to announce our first group of John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows. These twelve outstanding individuals were selected to participate in the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen and empower the next generation of social justice and racial equity leaders in Los Angeles County. Chosen in coordination with an advisory group and selection committee comprised of movement leaders, the Fellows will receive leadership training, coaching, and peer learning over the next 18 months. The John W. Mack Movement Fellows program, named after the late civic leader who dedicated his life to social justice and activism, reflects our commitment to support the region’s social movement infrastructure by creating a robust network of leaders committed to a vision of justice and equity for all. To view the list of Fellows, click here.
Advocacy: What Nonprofits Need to Know
We consider advocacy an essential strategy for achieving the systemic change required to advance equity. Many organizations the Weingart Foundation funds engage in policy change, public education and civic engagement. Some nonprofits, however, may be hesitant to take an advocacy role due to confusion about what’s allowable—or not—under IRS regulations. To help clarify these rules, we’re hosting a webinar for nonprofits and inviting an expert attorney to walk participants through how to engage in advocacy while complying with the law. The webinar will also provide information on how the Foundation funds organizations that lobby. Nonprofits looking to start advocacy work as well as those interested in refreshing their understanding on the topic are encouraged to register. The same webinar will be offered on the following two days: