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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.

Hewlett, Irvine Foundations Announce Partnership to Support Emerging Arts Leaders in California

BY Ray Delgado
Ray Delgado
Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Feb 01, 2010

San Francisco, CA
— The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are providing more than $700,000 in grants to organizations that are cultivating the next generation of arts leaders in California through professional development, networking and mentorships. Hewlett’s Board of Directors approved $400,000 in grants in support of such efforts in November, and Irvine’s Board of Directors approved $340,000 in grants last month, with additional funding possible.

Research conducted by both foundations found that the arts sector faces critical leadership challenges during the next 10 to 15 years as the “baby boom” generation of arts leaders enters retirement age. Although there is a good supply of midcareer arts managers who are able to fill the roles, most arts organizations lack the resources for training and other kinds of professional development that will better prepare these promising young leaders to become effective nonprofit executives, the research found.

To help address this issue, Irvine and Hewlett are supporting several professional networks of emerging arts leaders that are providing their members with seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and other forms of professional development. Both Hewlett and Irvine provided grants to the San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals (through fiscal sponsor Intersection for the Arts) and GenArts Silicon Valley (through fiscal sponsor 1stACT Silicon Valley), as well as the Center for Cultural Innovation ’s Creative Capacity Fund, which offers arts professionals direct support for professional development. Irvine also provided a grant to the San Diego Foundation for its San Diego Emerging Leaders of Arts and Culture program.

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Irvine Commits $2 Million to Organizations Adapting to Economic Downturn

BY Ray Delgado
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| Jan 21, 2010
San Francisco, CA — The James Irvine Foundation has provided grants to seven organizations to help them adapt to the economic downturn and build long-term financial health. The Foundation made the grants as part of the new, $2 million Fund for Financial Restructuring, which assists selected grantee organizations that are actively and creatively responding to the current economy in ways that can build long-term financial health.

“With revenue down and needs increasing for so many nonprofits, we want to support grantees that are ready to develop new business models that better align revenues and expenditures,” said Jim Canales, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine Foundation. “We believe this Fund can both help the grantees directly, as well as uncover best practices that can be shared with other nonprofits.”

Through a competitive application process, the seven organizations were selected to receive grants of up to $150,000. These organizations are pursuing strategic alliances or mergers, re-examining their revenue streams to diversify funding sources, and/or changing operational structures to adapt to economic pressures. A complete list of grantees follows:

Organization

Grant Amount

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

$150,000

Kala Art Institute

$150,000

L.A. Stage Alliance

$150,000

Oakland East Bay Symphony

$150,000

San Francisco Chanticleer

$144,000

Theatre Bay Area

$150,000

Valley Public Television

$150,000

A second round of grants will be announced in the spring of 2010. For more information about the fund, please visit www.irvine.org/ffr

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Irvine Announces $7 Million in New Grants

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| Dec 17, 2009

San Francisco — The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 23 grants totaling more than $7 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.)

Of the $7 million, $755,000 will fund arts service organizations as part of Irvine’s Arts program. Another $1.2 million California Democracy program grant will fund the Institute for Local Government to develop civic engagement practices among local public officials. Additionally, a grant in the Youth program provides $400,000 to the Green Dot Education Project to help restructure Alain Leroy Locke Senior High School into nine small schools.

Sharing Civic Engagement Practices Among Local Public Officials

Irvine’s California Democracy program seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians. Grants approved to advance this goal include a $1.2 million grant to the Institute for Local Government (ILG) to develop and disseminate case studies and self-evaluation tools, host workshops and provide technical assistance to city and county officials. ILG will target leaders in the San Joaquin Valley, Inland Empire and other regions where public engagement in local policymaking has been limited.

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Eleven Southern California Arts Institutions Receive $4 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability

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| Oct 09, 2009

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

San Francisco The James Irvine Foundation today announced $4 million in grants to 11 arts institutions in Southern California 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 updating their strategic plans to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences.

“In this tough economy, we want to underscore our commitment to these regional arts organizations as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences,” noted James E. Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO.

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, 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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Irvine Announces $10.2 Million in New Grants

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| Oct 09, 2009

San Francisco — The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 26 grants totaling nearly $10.2 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.)

Of the $10.2 million, nearly $4 million will support 11 California arts organizations that are addressing challenges of building organizational capacities and financial stability. Another $905,000 California Democracy program grant will fund KQED’s statewide radio news coverage of significant policy and governance issues focused on California. Additionally, a grant in the Youth program provides $500,000 to strengthen the District Leadership Series of the California Multiple Pathways District Initiative.

Addressing Challenges of Organizational Capacities and Financial Stability

The goal of Irvine’s Arts program is to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California. Grants approved as part of the Arts program include almost $4 million to support 11 California arts organizations through Irvine’s Arts Regional Initiative (ARI). These organizations will receive grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities.

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For Grantseekers in Arts, Regranting Programs Offer Range of Opportunities

BY Ray Delgado
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| Sep 22, 2009

As one of the state’s largest private funders of the arts, The James Irvine Foundation’s Arts program seeks “to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California.” This broad goal, in effect, means that Irvine supports arts organizations of all sizes, in all disciplines and in all regions of the state.

But arts and culture in the nation’s most populous state is an enormous and diverse field, with more than 4,000 organizations statewide. Irvine’s five-person Arts program staff would be hard pressed to adequately cover such a broad territory and make well-informed decisions on thousands of grant proposals a year without a little help.

So the Foundation relies on a range of organizations — from community foundations to arts service organizations — to broaden its reach. By tapping the expertise and networks of these organizations in specific regions of the state or artistic disciplines, Irvine is able to keep the quality of grantmaking high, while reaching a larger number of small organizations and individual artists.

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Community Foundations Rise to Recession’s Many Challenges

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| Sep 22, 2009

For Terence Mulligan, the first signs of trouble began to appear two years ago — in what now seems like a familiar story.

Housing foreclosures in Napa Valley, where he serves as president of the local community foundation, inexplicably started to spike. In 2006, just over 20 homes in the entire county were taken over by banks or lenders when their owners couldn’t make payments. But by the end of 2007, while economists were arguing about whether the country had slipped into recession, that number had jumped to more than 200.

Over the next year, as the housing bubble burst and the unemployment rate grew, the large population of low-income agricultural and service workers in Napa bore the brunt of the impact. Applications for food stamps were up. Mental health and domestic violence counselors were suddenly in greater demand. And the housing market — once considered a pillar of local stability — continued to crumble. By the end of last year, there were nearly 800 foreclosures in Napa County.

“As the recession hit last year, it seemed like, ‘Holy cow, the world is coming off its axis,’” recalls Mulligan, whose organization, the Napa Valley Community Foundation, scrambled to find ways to meet the growing community needs. The community foundation has been a major supporter of the county’s largest safety-net organizations, such as food banks, homeless shelters and family centers.

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Irvine’s Creative Connections Fund Supports a Diversity of Arts Projects

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| Jun 22, 2009
Pasadena Museum of California Art officials were thrilled when two employees who work at NASA's nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposed curating a show featuring artistic representations of scientific data.

But as the cost of the exhibition, Data + Art: Science and Art in the Age of Information, became clear — there would be huge images projected onto walls and a live computerized display of actual national flight traffic, among other things — museum Executive Director Jenkins Shannon worried that she could not afford to do the show justice.

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, Executive Director of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Los Angeles

Then the museum received a hoped-for $30,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation's new Creative Connections Fund.

"Without the support, we probably would have had to downsize or postpone the exhibition," Shannon said. Instead, the show turned out to be one of the Pasadena museum's most popular ever, drawing an estimated 6,500 people over an 11-week period.

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Irvine Announces $21 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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| Jun 17, 2009

San Francisco The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 21 grants totaling more than $21 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.)

Of the $21 million, $3.3 million will support four California arts organizations that are developing innovative ways to deepen their engagement with audiences. A $750,000 grant through the California Democracy program will fund the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment to promote the systematic inclusion of low-income residents in Tulare, Kern and Kings counties in land-use decision making. Additionally, a grant in the Youth program will provide $11.3 million to implement comprehensive multiple pathways programs at various school districts within California.

Developing New Approaches to Attract Audiences for the Arts

The goal of Irvine’s Arts program is to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California. Grants approved as part of the Arts program include $3.3 million to support four California arts organizations through Irvine’s Arts Innovation Fund (AIF). The American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the Oakland Museum of California will each receive grants to support creative audience-development approaches and/or innovative programming plans. The grants fund new innovations at ACT and MCASD and help the Hammer and Oakland museums to institutionalize and sustain innovative practices that were funded by Irvine in 2006 as part of AIF.

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Irvine Program Seeks to Increase Access, Demand for the Arts

BY Ray Delgado
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| Mar 22, 2009
For many arts organizations, cultivating a more diverse audience is a desired but sometimes elusive goal.

Through its focus on cultural participation, the Irvine Foundation’s Arts program seeks to help a range of California arts organizations – from large, mainstream groups to small, community-based organizations – engage more diverse audiences. This includes lower income people, ethnic minorities, youth and others that the arts don’t always reach.

“We look at cultural participation as a way to reach more broadly and more equitably than arts have done historically,” said John McGuirk, Director of Irvine’s Arts program. “We want to make certain that arts are accessible to everyone, not just those most able and motivated to buy a ticket and donate.”

John McGuirk, Director of Irvine’s Arts program

“During this recession, we are focusing less on artistic creation, and more on stimulating demand through cultural participation and engagement.”

- John McGuirk, Director of Irvine’s Arts program

As the recent experience of two Irvine grantees demonstrates, the benefits can go well beyond increasing ticket sales. It can mean discovering a new wellspring of passion about art. It can unleash the creation of new works with greater relevance to underserved populations. And it can strengthen communities by bringing them together.

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