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Exploring Our Work in Two California Regions

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
Amy Dominguez-Arms
As Director of the California Democracy program, Amy leads strategies aimed at i
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| Jul 21, 2014 2

This past spring I’ve had the opportunity to explore – with my colleagues at Irvine and a consultant – how we might deepen our grantmaking in two important and growing regions of the state: 1) the San Joaquin Valley and 2) Riverside and San Bernardino counties. I’ve learned a lot in the process, but then, as often happens when we dig deeper, we also learn how much more there is to uncover.

For over a decade, the Irvine Foundation has aimed to prioritize funding to these two regions, which are socially dynamic and increasingly more populated, and yet receive substantially fewer private philanthropic dollars per capita than the major metropolitan areas on the coast.

Our mission in these two regions is, as it is for the state, to expand opportunity for residents there in ways that build upon the region’s many assets. Over these past 10 years, we’ve sought to do so through our core program areas of Arts, California Democracy and Youth. And, we’ve had the privilege to work with many grantee partners engaged in important, high-impact work.

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San Diego Symphony Shares Your Story, Your Song

BY Josephine Ramirez
Josephine Ramirez
As Arts Program Director, Josephine is leading the implementation of a new grant
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| Jul 17, 2014

Last week, the San Diego Symphony and 18 community groups collaborated on a multi-media performance as part of the Your Song, Your Story project.

The project, funded by the Irvine Foundation, is a two-year effort to engage residents of traditionally underserved San Diego neighborhoods to collaborate in the creation of a new orchestral work by contributing their individual stories and songs.

Below, we have assembled links to recent video clips of, and conversations about, the project's culminating concerts.

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In the News: June 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
Thuy Nguyen Kumar
As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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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
Thuy Nguyen Kumar
As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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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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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
Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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
Anne Stanton
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 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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In the News: April 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| May 01, 2014

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