Weinberg Foundation Employees Present $780,000 in Grants

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation hosts its 13th Employee Giving Program. Started in the Foundation’s Hawaiʿi office more than 20 years ago, this grant program gives every employee of the Foundation—including all administrative and professional staff other than the president/chief executive officer—the opportunity to direct a $20,000 grant to a Baltimore-area nonprofit that aligns with the mission of the Weinberg Foundation. In 2022, the Foundation expects to distribute approximately $140 million to nonprofits dedicated to meeting the basic needs of vulnerable individuals and families experiencing poverty. Grants focus on supporting organizations in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services.

Each employee, regardless of their job title and their daily role at the Foundation, handles every step of the grant recommendation. This includes selection of the grantee, a site visit, collection and review of financials, and preparation of the final grant recommendation. The Foundation’s president/chief executive officer reviews each recommendation to ensure that the grant is consistent with Foundation grantmaking goals and guidelines and shares the summary list with the Foundation’s Board for formal approval.

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“I always say that I am fortunate to have one of the best jobs you can imagine, and this day is among the reasons why,” said  Rachel Garbow Monroe, Weinberg Foundation President and CEO. “Employee Giving is very special for all of us at the Foundation because it allows our staff to more personally and meaningfully connect with the grantmaking process that defines our work and mission year-round. In addition, the grants our employees make never fail to reveal deep, personal stories of challenges and triumphs.”

Today’s event marks the largest single distribution in grants at an Employee Giving Program in the 13 years the program has taken place. More than $4 million has been distributed since the inception of this professional development and mission-focused initiative. During today’s luncheon celebration, all 39 eligible employees will briefly share why they selected their grantee, followed by comments from a representative of the grantee organization. This year’s program will include both in-person and video recorded presentations

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