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BY Chris Henrikson
Chris Henrikson
Chris Henrikson is the Founder and Executive Director of Street Poets Inc.
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| Feb 12, 2014

After writing for a few minutes, a passerby records his contribution to a community poem along Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. Street Poets' Poetry in Motion van, supported by the Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund, is a mobile poetry performance venue and recording studio designed to inspire creativity in unexpected places.

Photo Credit: Todd Bigelow

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From the President: With Thanks

BY Jim Canales
Jim Canales
Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Feb 04, 2014

Dear Friends,

In a few weeks, I will conclude what has been an enormously satisfying tenure as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. Since the announcement of my appointment as President of the Barr Foundation, I have found myself reflecting a great deal upon gratitude. Therefore, I’d like to use this final President’s Message to offer my thanks to several groups of people, who have been essential to the progress that the Irvine Foundation has made and who have personally contributed to my growth and learning as CEO.

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In the News: January 2014

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

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

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Report from the White House on Release of Voting Recs

BY Catherine Hazelton
Catherine Hazelton
As a Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program, Catherine is e
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| Jan 30, 2014

One year ago, during the 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a bipartisan commission to identify policy fixes to make voting easier for all Americans. His call resonated with those of us supporting and participating in the Future of California Elections (FOCE), a coalition of election administrators, civil rights groups and election reform advocates. We immediately connected with the White House and sought opportunities to inform the Commission’s efforts. In August, FOCE held a “listening session” for the Commission, at which FOCE members highlighted best practices and provided detailed research and recommendations specific to the needs of California voters.

Last week, after hearing from administrators, researchers, voters and others across the country, the President’s Commission on Election Administration presented him and Vice President Joe Biden with the Commission’s recommendations for improving voting in America. Immediately after, the Commission met at the White House with about 30 stakeholders, including FOCE Director Doug Chapin and myself.

In a refreshing example of bipartisanship, the Commission, co-chaired by the campaign counsel for the Obama and Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential campaigns, unanimously endorsed a wide range of reforms, including online voter registration, increased accessibility for those with disabilities and those who speak languages other than English, expanded voting options like early voting, and modern voting technology.

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Announcing the California Pay for Success Initiative

BY Don Howard
Don Howard
Don Howard was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in Februa
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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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President’s Commission Recommends Voting Fixes

BY Catherine Hazelton
Catherine Hazelton
As a Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program, Catherine is e
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| Jan 22, 2014

When President Barack Obama's Commission on Election Administration released its final report today, making recommendations to improve the voter experience, we were thrilled to see that the Commission acknowledged the Future of California Elections (FOCE) and adopted many recommendations made by its member organizations. Likewise, Doug Chapin and I are honored to represent FOCE's work at the White House today for a meeting about the report’s release.

In his January 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama established the bipartisan Commission in an attempt to ease barriers to voting, such as by finding ways to reduce long lines on Election Day. The Commission, co-chaired by the lead counsel for the Obama and Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential campaigns, held public hearings in four battleground states and conducted "listening sessions" with other groups around the country.

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Report from the White House Summit on College Opportunity

BY Anne Stanton
Anne Stanton
As Director of the Youth program, Anne Stanton leads Irvine’s strategies to esta
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| Jan 17, 2014

How often have we heard others — or ourselves— utter the phrase “education is more important to our economic success than ever before?” It is increasingly evident that a high school diploma is no longer the ticket to earning a family sustaining wage, and yet we also know the dismal situation. Our college attainment rates are static and inequitable. This fact lies at the heart of our Youth program, compelling us and our grantee partners to find solutions, to expand the number of students who graduate high school and earn a post-secondary credential by the time they are 25. We don’t kid ourselves — we know the issues are complex and that there are no silver bullet solutions — but we do know that we have to do better, and try harder to form new partnerships if we are going to help more young people succeed.

Yesterday, I had the unique privilege of watching the power of partnership in action. At the White House Summit on College Opportunity, I was surrounded by over 100 college presidents, business and nonprofit leaders, and colleagues in the philanthropic sector. I was wholly inspired by the President's and the First Lady's personal call to action to collectively commit to increasing college opportunity for low-income students. I was also inspired by the resounding response that it received: By the end of the day there were hundreds of tangible commitments to tackle the barriers to college opportunity, a palpable sense of enthusiasm to take on the task, and a clear willingness to work differently to get it done for our nation’ young people.

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Nominations for our $125,000 Leadership Award are Open

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
Amy Dominguez-Arms
As Director of the California Democracy program, Amy leads strategies aimed at i
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| Jan 16, 2014

We’re now seeking nominations for the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, which will be our tenth class of California leaders recognized for implementing proven approaches to addressing critical state issues.

We have been tremendously heartened over the years to learn of the many ways in which Californians are contributing to a better future for our state. Each round we find out about hundreds of individuals working in a range of fields – from education to health, from public safety to economic development, and other arenas – who are achieving positive outcomes. We have been privileged to share their approaches and help them expand or replicate their projects for greater impact.

Past recipients have worked on issues as diverse as providing mental health care for returning veterans, increasing the skills and education of low-wage workers, reducing youth recidivism and installing solar panels in low-income communities. In addition to the $125,000 award from the foundation and assistance in sharing their effective approaches with policymakers and others, many award recipients have benefited by connecting with other innovators through the alumni network.

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White House Summit Builds Momentum for 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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| Jan 16, 2014

The White House today will be hosting an all-day summit dedicated to increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. In addition to President Obama and the First Lady, participants will include college presidents from around the country, along with other educators and advocates working on college access and opportunity. I am certainly honored to be participating in this summit, but I’m mostly excited because of what it indicates about the growing national interest and momentum for Linked Learning.

Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Thanks to the hard work of our grantees and other partners, Linked Learning is expanding throughout California and recent evidence shows that it’s posting measurable success for high school students. We certainly believe that Linked Learning is a great way to prepare all students for success in college and their careers, and are pleased that policymakers across the nation are taking notice.

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An Update from Irvine Board Chair Greg Avis on CEO Search

BY Greg Avis
Greg Avis
Greg Avis is chair of the board of The James Irvine Foundation. Avis is a Foundi
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| Jan 16, 2014

With the start of the new year, I wanted to provide another update on our search for the next Irvine Foundation President and CEO. The search committee has selected Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm, to partner with the committee and the board. The decision comes after committee interviews with several national search firms.

Spencer Stuart is one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms, and has completed national foundation CEO search assignments for the Gates, Ford, and MacArthur foundations, among others. We are delighted to partner with Spencer Stuart and have full confidence that they will support the search committee in developing a careful process that takes into account the importance of this position for the Irvine Foundation, its grantees and partners.

We will continue to provide updates here, when available. When the position specification is finalized, we will post it with the appropriate contact information. In the meantime, if you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact us here. Read more >>
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