Weinberg Foundation Donates Up To $1 Million For Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Nov 26, 2012, 15:18 ET from Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Baltimore-based philanthropy responds to both immediate and long-term needs

BALTIMORE, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced today that it will donate up to $1 million to assist with ongoing relief efforts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

After consulting with organizations on the front lines of the recovery effort, the Weinberg Foundation is awarding a series of specific grants to several different organizations working directly with storm victims. Together these funds will provide both short-term and long-term assistance to thousands in need. The grants include:

  • $100,000 to the Archdiocese of New York to support efforts to care for mentally ill evacuees and frail older adults who have been displaced by the storm and require housing and material assistance;
  • $250,000 to Robin Hood Foundation for distribution among nonprofits working in the tri-state area;
  • $250,000 to the UJA Federation of New York for distribution of short-term emergency funds as well as longer-term capital support for non-FEMA eligible projects;
  • $250,000 to the Jewish Federations of North America for distribution in New Jersey and Connecticut of short-term emergency funds as well as longer-term capital support for non-FEMA eligible projects; and
  • $150,000 for additional needs as they are identified.

"The Weinberg Foundation has a long and proud history of responding to emergency needs both in the United States and around the world including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the December 2006 tsunami in Indonesia, and the Haiti earthquake in 2010," said Rachel Garbow Monroe, the Foundation's President. "The Foundation's funding approach includes supporting multiple partners who collectively will reach thousands of families and individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating storm. These funds will help address acute, basic needs, as well as long-term, systemic issues including housing, employment, and health. In these ways, Weinberg Foundation support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will mirror the Foundation's core mission and grantmaking goals."

Efforts focused on the New York metropolitan area are not a new endeavor for the Foundation. Over the past three fiscal years, the Weinberg Foundation has administered over 60 grants totaling more than $29 million to non-profits providing direct service to disadvantaged and vulnerable populations throughout the region.

About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to economically disadvantaged people, primarily in the U.S. and Israel.  Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enhancing an individual's ability to meet those needs with emphasis on older adults, the Jewish community, and our hometown communities of Maryland, northeastern Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. The trustees, some of whom also serve as executive officers of the Foundation, are Alvin Awaya, Judge Ellen M. Heller, Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Barry I. Schloss, and Chairman of the Board Donn Weinberg. Rachel Monroe serves as the Weinberg Foundation's President. For more information please go to www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.

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