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BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Aug 01, 2014

In July 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:


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In the News: June 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jul 01, 2014

In June 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Board Approves $9.1 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jun 16, 2014

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $9.1 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the five approved grants, two are within California Democracy and three are in our Youth program.

Here are some highlights of a few of the new grants:

Voter and Civic Engagement — Our California Democracy program made a $900,000 grant to PICO California, as part of our Voter and Civic Engagement priority, to conduct coordinated voter outreach in partnership with its 19 affiliates statewide toward the goal of directly contacting 150,000 infrequent voters prior to state elections and engaging new and infrequent voters in other civic activities between election cycles. The goal of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority is to achieve a California electorate more representative of the state’s population and public decision-making informed by a broad cross-section of Californians.

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In the News: May 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jun 01, 2014

In May 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Foundational Knowledge: Building Your Social Media Presence

BY Joyce Sood
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As Digital Communications Officer, Joyce Sood leads Irvine's social media and di
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| May 15, 2014 1

Editor’s Note: Foundational Knowledge is an occasional series on News & Insights, providing three bullet points on a topic of interest to Irvine’s partners and grantees.

If you’re not active on social media, chances are you’re missing an opportunity to connect with the people who care about your work—whether that’s a potential funder, a peer organization, or someone who’s simply interested in learning more about your organization.

Here are three ways that non-profits can build their social media presence:

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In the News: April 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| May 01, 2014

Foundational Knowledge: Technology as Partner

BY Ekta Chopra
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Ekta Chopra is Irvine's Director of Technology, leading the Foundation’s use of
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| Apr 03, 2014

Editor’s Note: Foundational Knowledge is an occasional series on News & Insights, providing three bullet points on a topic of interest to Irvine’s partners and grantees.

Technology is changing the landscape of the social sector and continues to be a key to success in social change. But resource challenges and lack of technology expertise often serve as a hurdle in making this change happen for non-profits.

Here are three things that social sector leaders can do to make technology a partner, not just a resource, in bringing social change:

  • Do your work in the cloud
    Working in the cloud allows you to become nimble and agile, making collaboration simple. Examples of tools for this include:

  • Leverage video chats to build face-to-face connections
    Tools like Skype, FaceTime & Google Plus Hangouts offer multiple free ways to conduct online meetings and webinars.

  • Support training for accidental techies
    There are many online options for e-learning, as well as locals groups like Meetup.com that offer technology topics and general education for non techies in non-profits.

You don’t need to make big investments to leverage technology in this journey of social change.

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In the News: March 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Apr 01, 2014

In March 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Board Approves $5.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Mar 17, 2014

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $5.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 10 approved grants, seven grants are within Arts, two grants are within California Democracy and one is in our Youth program.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations — The Arts program made grants to six organizations totaling $3.6 million within the Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations. These grants will support experimentation by each organization on how to increase arts engagement in a new or deepened way.

Voter and Civic Engagement — Our California Democracy program made grants to two organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. One grant, for $800,000, went to Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education to support voter mobilization and civic engagement activities among 500,000 voters across 12 California counties.

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An Update from Irvine Board Chair Greg Avis on CEO Search

BY Greg Avis
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Greg Avis is chair of the board of The James Irvine Foundation. Avis is a Foundi
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| Mar 17, 2014

In our efforts to find the next Irvine Foundation President and CEO, both the search committee and our consultants Spencer Stuart have spent recent months talking with staff, the board, Foundation partners, and thought leaders in California. As result of this work, we now have available the completed position and candidate specification. You may find that posted on our website.

Spencer Stuart is beginning the candidate development process at this time. Please feel free to contact Spencer Stuart if you would like to nominate a candidate, or self-nominate, via the following This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

While respecting the confidentiality involved in any such process, we will continue to provide updates here when available.

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