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Ray Delgado

Ray Delgado

Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving as a Communications Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary.

Irvine Board Approves $3.2 Million in Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Mar 19, 2013
Our Board of Directors approved $3.2 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 10 approved grants, one is in the Arts, six in California Democracy, two in our Youth program, and one in Special Initiatives. I’d like to highlight some of the grants that we are excited about:

MapLight — Our California Democracy program is supporting MapLight with a $400,000 grant to produce a comprehensive online voter guide, Voter’s Edge, with information through 2014 about state legislative candidates and state and local ballot measures. Voter’s Edge will include daily updates about state ballot measures, including arguments for and against each measure, lists of endorsers, links to commercials and media coverage and data about campaign contributions. MapLight plans to expand its site to provide such information about ballot issues in 50 California cities and counties, and also will provide nonpartisan information about candidates for state legislative and constitutional offices.

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Greg Avis Elected Chair of Irvine Board

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Jan 17, 2013

We are pleased to announce the election of Gregory M. Avis, a Founding Managing Director of Summit Partners in Palo Alto, as the new Chair of our Board of Directors. Greg joined the Irvine board in 2003 and has served as Vice Chair for the past two years. Avis succeeds Peter J. Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of California, who retired from the board after serving a full board term of 12 years, including three as board chair.

In 1984, Greg helped found Summit, one of the nation's leading private equity and venture capital firms, which has raised nearly $15 billion in capital since its inception. Greg has served on the boards of more than 40 companies primarily in the technology and life sciences industries, including Clontech Laboratories, Ditech Communications, Powerwave Technologies and RightNow Technologies.

Greg’s community activities include current service on the boards of Williams College (Chair), Antioch College, New Profit and ARTSTOR and past service on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Chair), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Chair) and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley.

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New Irvine Board Member Elected

BY Ray Delgado
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| Jan 03, 2013

Irvine is pleased to announce the election of Tim Rios to its Board of Directors. Tim, 42, is based in Fresno as a Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations Group. He is responsible for implementing the company’s community and economic development programs in Northern and Central California, the Inland Empire and San Diego and Imperial counties.

Tim joined Wells Fargo in 1997 and during the course of his career he has held various positions in retail, wholesale and business banking. He has been recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly and was reappointed to California’s Economic Strategy Panel in 2010 by former Gov. Schwarzenegger. In 2005, he was presented with the Financial Services Champion Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Irvine Grantees Reflect on Council on Foundations Conference

BY Ray Delgado
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| May 07, 2012

The Council on Foundations Annual Conference was held in Los Angeles from April 28 to May 1 and was attended by more than 1,300 people who work in the field of philanthropy. Several Irvine grantees participated in panel discussions held on various days throughout the conference and we asked three of them to tell us what they discussed during their conference sessions.

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Understanding Volunteerism in Ethnic Communities

BY Ray Delgado
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| Feb 22, 2012

A new study supported by Irvine examines volunteerism within ethnic communities in an attempt to help nonprofits better understand how to attract and engage ethnic volunteers. The book, Telling the Whole Story: Voices of Ethnic Volunteers in America, paints a rich portrayal of the myriad ways in which ethnic populations volunteer their time and highlights key themes and commonalities. Irvine supported the research in 2003 as a special project.

The author, Nora Silver, sought to explore the motivations of volunteerism in seven ethnic communities: African American, American Indian, Central American, Chinese American, Japanese American, Korean American and Mexican American. She wrote the book to relate their stories and to illuminate possible strategies for engaging ethnic communities as volunteers.

“I kept hearing from organizations that they couldn’t find a Latino or African American board member or volunteers from the Southeast Asian community, at the same time that I experienced tons of volunteering from people in these communities,” Silver said. “I wanted to shine a spotlight on their work, have it heard and recognized as the contribution that it is, and educate organizations on how and why people from different ethnic groups get involved.”

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Irvine Announces $19 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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| Dec 13, 2011

San Francisco — The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 45 grants totaling just over $19 million in support of the Foundation's mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. (For a list of approved grants, click here.)


Supporting Regranting to California Arts Organizations

Grants approved as part of the Arts program include a $1.125 million grant to Center for Cultural Innovation to support regranting to California artists, organizational strategic planning and new project incubation. Irvine’s Arts program seeks to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians.

Improving State and Local Governance

Grants approved as part of the California Democracy program include two grants totaling more than $3 million to Public Policy Institute of California for its public survey series and related policymaker education activities and to PICO California to support and coordinate the local affiliates’ work on state-level issues and provide capacity-building assistance. These grants are part of the program’s Governance Reform and Civic Engagement priorities, respectively. Irvine’s California Democracy program seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.

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Irvine Announces $8.8 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Oct 06, 2011

San Francisco The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 24 grants totaling nearly $8.8 million in support of the Foundation's mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. (For a list of approved grants, click here.)

Supporting Central Coast Arts Organizations to Increase Financial Stability

Grants approved as part of the Arts program include $3.7 million to 13 leading arts organizations along the Central Coast as part of Irvine's Arts Regional Initiative, which seeks to increase organizational financial sustainability and cultural participation. This round of funding represents the second phase of the initiative in the Central Coast. Irvine's Arts program seeks to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California.

Fostering Civic Engagement in State Policy Activity

Grants approved as part of the California Democracy program include a $600,000 grant to Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy to support civic engagement efforts involving thousands of traditionally underrepresented residents in dialogues with public officials. Irvine's California Democracy program seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.

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Thirteen Central Coast Arts Institutions Receive $3.7 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability

BY Ray Delgado
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| Oct 05, 2011

Second Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions

San Francisco The James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.7 million in grants to 13 arts institutions in the Central Coast that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations selected this year for the Arts Regional Initiative are planning to use the grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities. While each institution is developing specific plans, initiative participants are implementing operational changes to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen their relationships with existing audiences.

"These Central Coast arts organizations are vital anchor institutions within their communities and provide an array of important opportunities for people to engage with the arts," noted Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Director for the Irvine Foundation. "These grants represent our continued commitment to them as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences."

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. A complete list of grantees follows:

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Report: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation

BY Ray Delgado
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| Oct 01, 2011
Getting In On The Act

Arts participation is being redefined as people increasingly choose to engage with art in new, more active and expressive ways. This compelling trend carries profound implications, and fresh opportunities, for a nonprofit arts sector exploring how to adapt to demographic and technological changes.

Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation is a new study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown. It draws insights from more than 100 nonprofit arts groups and other experts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The report presents a new model for understanding levels of arts engagement as well as case studies of participatory arts in practice. It also addresses many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in supporting participatory arts practices and provides inspiration and ideas for exploring this growing trend.

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Expanding Engagement in the Arts: A Conversation with Josephine Ramirez

BY Ray Delgado
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| Oct 01, 2011

To say Josephine Ramirez hit the ground running when she joined the Irvine Foundation would be an understatement. Hired as Arts program director in January 2010, Josephine was immediately tasked with refining Irvine’s Arts grantmaking strategy to respond to major shifts affecting California’s arts sector.

Along with her Arts program colleagues, Josephine spent the better part of her first year surveying the broader arts field, talking to grantees and field leaders, and analyzing the major issues that arts organizations were grappling with. As their work developed, Josephine and her Arts team focused on the concept of promoting engagement as the most effective way of helping arts nonprofits adapt to a challenging environment and provide more enriching arts experiences for Californians.

The idea is one that Josephine has had a lot of experience with. As vice president for programming at the Music Center in Los Angeles, she helped create the center’s Active Arts program, which has drawn thousands of Angelenos with outdoor, participatory arts events over the last eight years and helped boost the civic vitality of downtown Los Angeles.

Prior to the Music Center, Josephine served as a research associate at the Getty Research Institute investigating the connection between art-making and civic participation. And as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, she explored the relationship between nonprofessional art-making and individual and community vitality.

Irvine Quarterly recently talked with Josephine about Irvine’s new grantmaking strategy in the Arts, the ongoing work of developing new grantmaking funds as part of the new strategy and where she sees the arts field going in the years ahead.

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