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Keep Calm and Take a Selfie

BY Joyce Sood
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As Digital Communications Officer, Joyce Sood leads Irvine's social media and di
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| Jun 12, 2014

The Linked Learning community is celebrating the success of the Linked Learning high school seniors, who are graduating this month, with an exciting social media campaign: “Keep Calm and Take a Selfie.”

Throughout the month of June, students are asked to post graduation photos on Instagram and Twitter with the name of their school and the hashtag #LinkedLearning for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Visit LinkedLearning.tumblr.com to learn more about the contest, and about Linked Learning.

Congratulations to all 2014 graduating seniors!

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In the News: May 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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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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State Invests $250 Million in Linked Learning

BY Anne Stanton
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As Director of the Youth program, Anne Stanton leads Irvine’s strategies to esta
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| May 30, 2014

Editor’s Note — The California Department of Education announced today the first grant recipients under California’s $250 million Career Pathways Trust program, a program designed to support Linked Learning and other approaches that link rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Many of the grants were awarded to Linked Learning pathways that have been developed with Irvine Foundation support. You can read the Department of Education's announcement and a news release from the Linked Learning Alliance. Anne Stanton, Irvine's Youth Program Director, provided the following response to the announcement:

We are thrilled that the Career Pathways Trust (CPT) funding will bring Linked Learning to more students across California. We will continue our ongoing commitment to Linked Learning as well, as we believe that it represents the most effective approach to prepare young people for the full range of future options. It long has been our vision that Linked Learning be available to any student who wants it, and the CPT funding brings us a big step closer to realizing that goal for California students.

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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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From the President: Pay for Success Projects Chosen for Support

BY Don Howard
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Don Howard was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in Februa
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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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In the News: April 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
Thuy Nguyen Kumar
As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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| May 01, 2014

Improving Prospects for Immigrants

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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As Director of the California Democracy program, Amy leads strategies aimed at i
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| Apr 23, 2014

Among the current efforts to improve prospects for the nation’s immigrants, I’m struck by the number of unusual alliances forming across sectors. Toward the common goals of expanding opportunities for immigrant families and strengthening our communities, we're seeing business people working closely with nonprofits, conservative faith leaders coordinating with student groups, labor groups connecting with law enforcement.

A terrific example of such a partnership may be found in the National Immigration Forum’s Bethlehem Project. The Bethlehem Project works with employers to coordinate citizenship assistance at the workplace. A recent article in the Los Angeles Business Journal provides insight into what they have been able to achieve in collaboration with employers in California and across the nation.

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Experiments with Voter Outreach & Technology

BY Connie Malloy
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Connie Galambos Malloy is Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy pr
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| Apr 07, 2014

To complement our ongoing civic engagement efforts, the James Irvine Foundation and its grantee partners are launching ambitious nonpartisan voter outreach and mobilization efforts for 2014’s primary and general elections. A March 25th convening marked the launch of Irvine’s Voter Outreach & Technology (VOTE) Initiative, a set of field experiments across eight counties, conducted by nine organizations. These organizations will use targeted data analysis and new mobilization strategies, enabled by technology, to encourage voters from traditionally underrepresented populations to make their voices heard.

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Nomination Deadline Extended to April 9

BY Catherine Hazelton
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As a Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program, Catherine is e
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| Apr 04, 2014

You’ve asked and we are pleased to oblige – Irvine is extending the deadline for the Leadership Award nominations. Originally set for today, the new deadline is Wednesday, April 9. So take the weekend, but then please do submit your nominations by Wednesday!

The $125,000 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award advances the work of individuals and pairs who are implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. Nominees may be working in any field - such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment - and in the public, private or nonprofit sector. We seek nominees who have demonstrated inclusiveness and leadership in their fields and whose work is ready to be shared with policymakers and other practitioners The nomination process is easy. We’ll ask you to provide a few details about the nominator and nominee as well as a short narrative about the nominee’s work. For the narrative, please include the following elements:

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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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