Donn Weinberg Concludes Term as Weinberg Foundation Chairman, Judge Ellen Heller Assumes Board Leadership Role

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has announced that Donn Weinberg has concluded his three-year term as Chairman of the Board.

Donn Weinberg“It has been an honor and privilege to serve in this position,” said Weinberg. “The past three years have been especially significant for me personally and, most importantly, for the Foundation as a whole. This organization continues to enhance its reputation as a national leader within the nonprofit philanthropic community.”

During Weinberg’s tenure, the Weinberg Foundation initiated several major funding projects, including a $10 million gift to Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore, the largest gift to a long-term care center in the Foundation’s history; the $8.1 million Weinberg Caregiver Initiative, which concludes this year; a $5 million commitment over four years to the Weinberg Library Project; and a total $3 million investment in deeply-affordable housing for persons with disabilities, including a joint venture with the State of Maryland, the first of its kind in the nation.

Ellen HellerEllen M. Heller, one of the Foundation’s five Trustees, has succeeded Donn Weinberg as Chair of the Board and will serve in that role for the next three years. Weinberg and Heller will continue in their roles as Trustees.

“Donn has been a superior leader and ambassador for the Weinberg Foundation’s many good works serving low-income and vulnerable individuals and families,” said Judge Heller. “Our individual roles may change, but we are all part of the Foundation’s singular and steadfast commitment to organizational mission and the execution of Harry’s vision to care for those in need.”

The Foundation’s leadership structure is dictated by the Foundation’s charter, which was authored by Harry Weinberg before his death in 1990.

“As an organization, we have worked to make the Weinberg Foundation even more responsive and engaged with the community,” said Rachel Garbow Monroe, Weinberg Foundation President. “I want to personally acknowledge and thank Donn for his significant contributions as Chairman of the Board, and I congratulate Ellen as she begins what I know will be another three years of exceptional leadership.”

The Foundation’s Trustees, who together comprise the Board of Directors, are responsible for the overall setting of policy for the Foundation. This includes oversight of roughly $2.1 billion in assets, approval of the annual grant budget of approximately $100 million, and weekly review of Foundation grants.

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