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Process and Grantee Satisfaction Evaluation

October 1, 2014

This report provides findings from a program evaluation of Weingart Foundation's 2014 Small Grants Program in San Diego County. The 2014 grant cycle was the fourth overall and the first cycle where funds were distributed through collaboration with the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) in a new re-granting relationship called the JCF-Weingart Grant Program. The evaluation included an assessment of the grantmaking approach, applicants' perceptions of the current operating environment and future trends, and feedback from program officers about the process of transitioning and operating the program under this new collaboration.

Aligning for Impact: A Report on a Gathering of Foundation CEOs, Trustees, and Senior Executives

August 31, 2009

Summarizes discussions from a March 2009 conference on foundation performance assessments, elements of effectiveness, accountability and transparency, the impact of social media, aligning for impact at a time of reduced resources, and other issues.

Arts At Large Handbook Pt. 1 - The Arts @ Large Program

February 2, 2009

The Arts @ Large model is based on a simple mission: consistently advocate for the connection of arts to academics by building sustainable partnerships between the arts community, K-12 educators and students, public policy makers, and institutes of higher education. With this mission in mind, Arts @ Large strives to meet goals that make arts education accessible for ALL students.Arts @ Large:Provides ongoing, quality arts experiences for students that builds an arts-rich school climate, which encourages the inclusion of art and music specialists in school staffing plans.Forges sustainable partnerships with artists, arts and community organizations to enhance in-classroom and after school learning, and motivate ALL students to higher academic achievement.Provides arts education experiences in an inclusiveenvironment designed to motivate students with diverse learning and physical abilities.Helps teachers build skills to integrate performing, visual, and literary arts into all subjects in a manner sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population.The arts are essential because they:Are a unique languagethat all people use to communicate regardless of age, ability,ethnicity or gender.They allow people to move beyond individual differences such as race, society, culture, education and economic level.Are symbol systems like letters and numbers and are equally important to a person's development.Allow every child to learn.Connect the learning of both content and process.Develop independence and collaboration.Provide opportunities for self expression,creative problem solving and critical thinking.Improve student achievement -enhancing test scores, attitudes and social skills.Provide authentic assessment opportunities.Create a bridge between motivation, instruction, assessment and application - leading to deeper understanding.Integrate mind, body and spirit thereby addressing the whole child.Provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.Exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.Address the multiple intelligences and various learning styles.