Donn Weinberg, the executive vice president and a trustee of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, has been elected as chairman of The Philanthropy Roundtable, following a vote by the board of directors.
“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to chair this outstanding organization which, to the delight of its membership, works hard to help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility through excellent philanthropy with the freedom to set their own philanthropic ends and means,” said Weinberg. “Since I began attending Annual Meetings in 2002, and then began my first round of board service in 2010, the more involved I became with the Roundtable, the more I admired its mission, programs, highly-professional staff, and exceptional board members. I look forward to continuing my work with my board colleagues and Roundtable management in this new role so that together we can fulfill our important mission, and effectively serve our members and the philanthropic community.”
Weinberg has been with the Weinberg Foundation since 1993, and became a trustee in 2002. He is the foundation’s former chairman, and oversees its mainland real estate portfolio. The Weinberg Foundation invests about $100 million each year in helping the poor and vulnerable. Some of the foundation’s cornerstone investments include $15 million to build up the job program STRIVE between 2002 and 2014; $2 million for the Cara Program in Chicago; $2 million of steady support for Year Up; and recent aid for Seattle’s FareStart effort.
About half of the Weinberg Foundation’s grants each year go to causes serving the Jewish community both domestic and abroad. In Israel, for instance, the foundation has remained a major funder for 10 years of the TEVET Initiative, operated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an intermediary that identifies model programs that strengthen and sustain Jewish communities. TEVET continues to have an impact in getting hard-to-employ Israeli sub-populations into solid jobs and reducing their poverty.
Adam Meyerson says that “Donn has been a valuable member of the Roundtable for 15 years. We rely on his knowledge and experience on a wide range of issues, from workforce development to education to philanthropic strategies that strengthen communities. We often call upon him to serve as a subject-matter expert at our meetings, offer his expertise for our publications, and now he will serve as a steadfast chairman for our organization. I congratulate him and look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”
Weinberg succeeds Betsy DeVos as chairman, who resigned after being nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. Secretary of Education.