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The Wieboldt Foundation was founded in 1921 by William A. and Anna K. Wieboldt with the hope that its grants would support “charities designed to put an end to the need for charity.” Today, the directors of the foundation remain committed to preserving the founders’ charge, now translated into a concentration on activities that empower local neighborhood residents. The central purpose and direction of the foundation is reflected in the following value statement:

“Our recognition of community organizing or community action as the foundation’s prime concern is promoted by our conviction that a sense of powerlessness and the apathy and alienation bred of this sense are at the root of many of the ills of our time. We believe that funding those efforts that give people hope that they can exercise a degree of control over their lives and that involve them working together toward jointly defined ends is an important contribution to the resolution of social ills.”

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