Equity | August 3, 2022
The Weitz Family Foundation
The Weitz Family Foundation is where values and aspirations shared by the family and team meet with change-makers and innovators. When our foundation began more than 20 years ago, grant funding was our primary tool to support positive change. Now, we understand that it takes more than funding to be partners in the creation of a just and kind society: trust, transparency, advocacy, social capital, leadership development, technical assistance, and more. We work to have those most proximal to the issues help drive decision-making in our communities.
Supporting Innovative Ideas
Spotting innovation is not always easy, but an outgrowth of our relationships is that we are positioned to be in conversation around the “what if”s. This type of trust and shared problem-solving has brought us opportunities to dream big. By working, learning, and planning together with our partners and neighbors, we get comfortable taking the risks involved with exploring new pathways. We also have the privilege of being able to connect individuals and ideas. Innovation often requires ﬂexibility and ability to adapt as we learn. The trust built along the way allows us to course correct together.
Learning from One Another
Sometimes unless one is directly involved or impacted, one cannot see the triggers or mechanisms that create harm. By taking our lead from those who have lived experiences, we can listen, support, promote, and innovate solutions–together–from such wisdom. We believe in our humanity. Trusting front line workers’ knowledge better informs our practices, so we need to open lines of communication. We do not want to reinvent the wheel–many folks have ﬁgured out sustainable, eﬃcient, and equitable ways to make a diﬀerence. Supporting these eﬀorts and communicating what works–and what does not–is our priority. We seek educational opportunities for ourselves and our partners, and understand that we must continue to learn and grow in order to bring our best selves to the work.
A group of 17 people standing close together posed for the photo in a residential neighborhood with large trees.
Carleton Weitz Fellows | May 31, 2022