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Don Howard

Don Howard

Don Howard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. He served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from February through September 2014. Prior to that appointment, as Executive Vice President, Don Howard directed the Foundation’s program and grantmaking activities. He helps lead the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to deepen, extend and amplify the impact of our work. View full bio »

From the President: Pay for Success Projects Chosen for Support

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Don Howard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.
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| May 05, 2014

Colleagues,

Here at Irvine, we’ve been pushing ourselves to be more agile and gutsy. Alongside our three longer-term program strategies, we’ve been looking for opportunities to support experimentation with new solutions that have the potential to dramatically improve opportunity for Californians.

In January, we made a bet that nonprofit and public sector leaders were eager to pilot Pay for Success funding agreements in California. These innovative agreements have the potential to bring new and more reliable capital to evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for people in need. In doing so, they would also save money by preventing the more costly services needed to treat problems after they’ve occurred.

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Announcing the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

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| Feb 27, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize Californians who are implementing effective solutions to critical state issues. This year’s recipients demonstrate how innovative partnerships across sectors and institutions often are a key part of successfully tackling our state's challenges.

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From the President: Hope and Opportunity

BY Don Howard
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| Feb 18, 2014

Colleagues,

I’m feeling hopeful. I’m hopeful that addressing inequitable and unsustainable gaps in opportunity is truly emerging as a priority in our nation, as evidenced by the President’s “Opportunity Agenda,” and here in California, where I see a growing recognition of the ever-widening disparities between socio-economic groups and between our inland and coastal regions. This recognition is a tribute to the tenacious and creative efforts of social sector leaders and their communities who have brought attention and solutions forward to our profound opportunity gaps. Even though we still live in a state and country where your zip code can predict your social mobility and life expectancy, I’m hopeful that expanding access to opportunity will have broad enough importance and urgency across ethical, economic, and political lines to become a shared goal.

Perhaps, I’m hopeful because we at the James Irvine Foundation, like so many of you, have committed ourselves to this very goal for Californians. We see the insidious and unfair effects of opportunity being inaccessible to so many people. We also see, in the work that so many of you do, the tremendous potential for proven approaches and innovative solutions to improve access to opportunity and to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and society.

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Announcing the California Pay for Success Initiative

BY Don Howard
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| Jan 28, 2014

One of the most valuable roles a foundation can play is to invest in promising solutions being tested out by talented leaders at a moment in time when, if they succeed, a breakthrough just might be possible.

I’m excited to announce a new initiative that strives to do just that. Today, The James Irvine Foundation, in close partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, launches the California Pay for Success Initiative, initially funded with $2.5 million, designed to make the “Pay for Success” model a reality in California.

Pay for Success is a creative approach to funding social services, with potential to bring new, significant, and reliable resources to proven preventative programs. In a Pay for Success deal, private investors pay for preventative or interventional social services up front. Should these services deliver their intended results, governments then reimburse the investors with a return on their investment, while saving money on what they otherwise would have spent. It is a model designed to both improve outcomes and reduce costs.

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