Tip of the Weissberg
A(n) (ir)regular update on what we are doing, seeing, hearing, and thinking

What's Rising to the Top

What a time to launch a newsletter, right? We know your inboxes are overflowing, but if you pick up just one idea, connection, resource, or bit of inspiration from anything in here, then it’s worthwhile—for us and hopefully you. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.

Tip of Weissberg is clearly a play on “tip of the iceberg,” which generally connotes an initial hint of something larger and more complex. The iceberg metaphor is often used to illustrate the depth and complexity of structural racism, with what’s above the water being a racist event and what’s below the surface being the historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal dynamics, patterns, and beliefs that combine to sustain structural racism.

With Tip of the Weissberg, we acknowledge that what we do as a small foundation is only scratching the surface of what needs to happen to achieve our vision of a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism by continuously building access, opportunity, and power so that all can thrive.

We’ll use this newsletter to amplify voices and messages we believe need to be heard; share resources and events we, our grantee partners, peer funders, and others are working on; and offer a bit of hope—because despite how bad things get, we need to keep sight of what’s good and possible.

In terms of what’s rising to the top for our inaugural issue, it’s clearly COVID-19 and the deep inequities in our health, social, political, and economic systems that it lays bare. My latest piece for The Weissberg Blog, COVID-19: This Is What We’re Doing; It’s Not Enough, shares what the foundation is doing in response to the crisis…and how we need to do much more.

Speaking of much more, check out and share these efforts from our partners:

  • Diverse City Fund started a Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund, and they extended the deadline for their spring grant round. 
  • The People’s Demands DC is fielding a consolidated demands survey for black, brown, immigrant, indigenous, low-income, and native Washingtonians to express their needs as the COVID-19 crisis develops and help create a set of demand that seek to protect DC’s people.
  • CASA launched a Solidarity Fund to help support their members and families, and they have been intentional about building access to reliable information (in both Spanish and English) through their health hotline.
Let’s go deep,

Under the Surface

News, Opinions, Calls to Action

Some highlights of what we’re writing and reading.
COVID-19: This Is What We're Doing; It's Not Enough
By Hanh Le 
Weissberg Foundation
Health, Help, and Hope
By Leni Dworkis
Weissberg Foundation
By Yanique Redwood
Consumer Health Foundation 
By Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Diving Deeper

A round-up of events and resources that might be of interest to you



Hope Floats

(kinda like ice)
Connection is more important now than ever. Take a moment to reach out and give your loved ones a (virtual) hug! 🥰❤️

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