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Equity | August 29, 2023
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.
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.
Our goals are oriented toward equitable pathways for present and future generations. We want to look upstream and address problems at the source, or repair incentive systems that create the wrong outcome. However, we know system work is complex and there is no one-time fix. Additionally, we recognize that much of the work today is incremental. We commit to staying on the course to radical change in structural equity.