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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

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GRoW @ Annenberg is the philanthropic initiative led by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation. GRoW is dedicated to supporting humanitarian efforts across the globe, as well as innovative projects in health, education, the arts, civic & cultural life and more.

Mission & Values

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Our mission is to support a broad range of innovative projects and organizations addressing social and cultural issues, that 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, a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation, is Founder of GRoW @ Annenberg, a philanthropic initiative of the Annenberg Foundation.
Gregory has a degree in political science from Stanford University. He worked as a journalist at The Times of London before embarking on a career as an artist. His work has been shown in galleries and private collections throughout Europe and the U.S.

Gregory's philanthropic work is diverse both programmatically and geographically. It ranges from tackling homelessness in Riverside County to supporting teachers in remote areas of Peru to constructing a universally-accessible baseball field in the San Fernando Valley to supporting school safety programs in Watts, to funding a dance program for underprivileged children at the Royal Opera House in London.

He is a member of various boards and committees, including in London, the National Gallery and the V&A Museum; in Paris, Les Talens Lyrique and the Paris 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, and, most recently, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

 

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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--- among them: France's highest award, the prestigious Légion d'Honneur and Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, for his efforts to create a vibrant partnership between France and the United States; the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Repatriation Award, for his leadership repatriating Native American sacred objects to their rightful owners; and Ellis Island Foundation's Family Heritage Award for his preservation efforts over the years.

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 Panter 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.