Corporate Giving

Corporate and Local Business Giving…What can my business do?

There are many ways local businesses can help the Weingart Center assist homeless men and women with becoming self-sufficient. Large or small, new or established, in any sector or market, your business can play a decisive role in ending poverty in Los Angeles. If you are interested in helping transform the lives of the homeless by making a corporate gift, read some of our ideas below, get creative, and feel free to contact the Office of Development, call: 213-627-5302 or by email: development@weingart.org.

Mutual Promotion:

Retail and restaurant businesses can place a “Take One” box promoting our periodic events, campaigns, or raffles. In return, we list your business as our supporter on our website, Facebook page, and in relevant materials.

Donating Goods or Services:

  • Donations to Clients: In-kind donations lower costs and increase efficiency. We have ongoing needs for fresh food, professional clothing, and hygiene supplies. We also would like to improve our clients’ well-being with donated electronics (such as televisions, video game systems, and desktop computers for common areas); periodic maintenance supplies (paint, flooring, trim); and other improvements. Think we can use it? Just ask!
  • Silent Auctions: You may also wish to donate to a silent auction that accompanies one of our events (three or four times per year).  Silent Auction donations can bring you new business and promote you to a whole new market, while also raising funds that are used for direct program expenses. Hotel stays, restaurant meals, sports tickets and memorabilia, art pieces, gift baskets, and electronics are popular auction items. Don’t worry that what you’ve got is too small to get bids… we can bundle it with other donations into a fabulous package guaranteed to be noticed!

Mini-Events:

Perfect for restaurants, clubs, and bars, a mini-event is a great way to raise money for the Weingart Center while promoting your business. Pick a certain dish or drink to donate proceeds from or donate a set percentage of your total receipts. Whether for a day, a week, or a month, we will join you in promoting the event to our fullest capability, and will provide materials to tell your patrons more about how their purchase is helping to end homelessness.

Employee Giving:

Some employers want to provide their staff with opportunities to give, but don’t want to see their efforts dwarfed by joining an enormous effort like the United Way. Consider adopting the Weingart Center as your Employee Giving charity. Our It Starts With Me! employee giving program among our own staff has raised over $4,000 in on-going payroll deductions in its first year; join us in supporting a cause you know you can feel good about.

Job Listings:

You’d be surprised at the skills and experience our clients can bring to your organization. Consider listing job openings with us and interviewing referred clients for positions. You can be assured that we’re adding pre-screened, stable individuals to your applicant pool, and you have an opportunity to give someone else a new chance in life.

Cash Donations:

Gifts and Grants are always welcome. We promote our supporters through several channels. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. If you are a subsidiary of a larger corporation, you may be able to sponsor an application to your parent company’s charitable giving program.

Your Idea Here!

These are suggestions for ways that businesses have supported us in the past. We are always open to innovative partnerships… let us know!

The Weingart Center for the Homeless provides comprehensive human services to homeless men, women, veterans, parolees, families, HIV+ and other at-risk individuals, giving them the skills, resources, and hope they need to lead productive lives off the streets. Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, the Weingart Center for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

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