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“One of the greatest challenges in philanthropy is, quite simply, how to make a difference.

When you look at the scope of the challenges we try to tackle — providing good healthcare, empowering women, improving education for youth around the world — these are not small challenges. They're gigantic ones. That's why we focus on the true innovators: the people who are finding radical new ways to meet our challenges and leverage far greater change."

— Gregory Annenberg Weingarten

Photo: Gregory Annenberg Weingarten at the Hopi Reservation, Northeastern Arizona, 2016

Founder & Vision

GRoW @ Annenberg, the philanthropic initiative led by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, is dedicated to supporting humanitarian efforts across the globe, as well as innovative projects in health, education, arts, the environment, civic and cultural life, and more. Gregory is a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation, a family foundation established by Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg in 1989 and currently led by Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO.

Mission & Values

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Our mission is to support a broad range of innovative projects and organizations that address social and cultural issues, meet urgent community needs, and offer inspiration and collaboration — all with the goal of improving the quality of life in communities around the world.

We believe that every person deserves respect, dignity, and equal access to opportunities. We strive to support organizations and leaders promoting these values.

Biography

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Gregory Annenberg Weingarten is a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation, and Founder of GRoW @ Annenberg, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation that supports a broad range of innovative projects and organizations that address social and cultural issues, meet urgent community needs, and offer inspiration and collaboration—all with the goal of improving the quality of life in communities around the world.

Gregory received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University and worked as a journalist at The Times of London. He went on to become an accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Gregory's philanthropic work is both programmatically and geographically diverse. It ranges from repatriating sacred Native American objects from Paris to the United States to supporting teachers in remote areas of Peru, building healthcare centers in Bangladesh, supporting school safety programs in Watts, California, to funding museums, opera companies, and numerous student scholarships across the U.S. and Europe.

He is a member of various boards and committees, including London's National Gallery and V&A Museum; Paris's Les Talens Lyriques and Opera & Ballet; and across the United States, the National Park Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and, most recently, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Gregory and his wife Regina moved to Los Angeles in 2015 with their two children after having lived in Paris for more than 25 years. Gregory's philanthropic efforts have earned him several honors, including France's highest and most prestigious award, the Légion d'Honneur, as well as the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Les Grands Mécènes de la Culture for creating a vibrant partnership between France and the United States; the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Repatriation Award for his leadership in repatriating Native American sacred objects to their rightful owners; Ellis Island Foundation's Family Heritage Award for his preservation efforts over the years; and the Los Angeles Urban League's Winston C. Dolby Community Coalition Award for his commitment to supporting African American communities in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

In the Field

Pictured here meeting Chugach cultural leader John Johnson in 2014 after repatriating sacred objects to the Chugach Alaska Corporation. 

In August, 2018, GRoW sponsored a screening of Black Panther at the Aero Theatre for members of the Watts community.  Pictured here with attendees prior to the screening.  

In 2018, GRoW partnered with LA Opera to sponsor an art poster contest for Los Angeles college and high school students.  Photo courtesy of LA Opera.