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In the News: December 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jan 01, 2014

In December 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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What was the Buzz in 2013?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Dec 26, 2013

2013 was a big year for Irvine — from moving our San Francisco office to announcing a leadership transition to launching a new strategy in our California Democracy program. Here’s a look back at some of our biggest moments trending on Twitter this past year:

President and CEO Jim Canales blogged about transparency in philanthropy.

 

We refined our work in California Democracy.

 

Jim announced he will be stepping down as Irvine’s CEO.

 

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Guest Post: Connecting Schools with Industry Professionals

BY Jennifer Ortega
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| Dec 20, 2013

California State Director, America’s Edge

As the Linked Learning movement builds momentum throughout California, it is imperative that the field create systems to better connect schools with local industry professionals so students get essential work-based learning experiences.

Given the data on California’s skills gap, such partnerships that prepare young people for success in college and the workforce are truly needed. These partnerships give employers the opportunity to help inform students about their industry and coach students who might one day work for their company.

While this “return on investment” is a good reason for employers to get involved, a new incentive for school-business partnerships has emerged. Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg proposed and pressed for a $250 million set-aside in the 2013-14 state budget to support the development of systems for strong regional partnerships among school districts, community colleges, and employers. Known as the Career Pathways Trust, this $250 million will be distributed by the California Department of Education in the form of competitive grants in 2014.

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An Update from Irvine Board Chair Greg Avis

BY Greg Avis
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| Dec 16, 2013

Earlier this month, the James Irvine Foundation’s Board of Directors met for its December meeting. We greatly enjoy these quarterly meetings for the opportunity to deeply engage with the staff and the Foundation’s programmatic work to expand opportunity for the people of California. Among other exciting developments from this meeting, including our approval of a set of grants, we made progress on some next steps regarding planning for Jim Canales’ departure as Irvine Foundation President and CEO. I want to provide several updates for you here.

During the meeting, the board appointed our Executive Vice President Don Howard to serve as the Foundation’s Interim President and CEO upon Jim’s departure on February 14. Don has been a long-time trusted colleague for Irvine, between his current tenure overseeing the Foundation’s program and grantmaking activities, and his previous years serving as a trusted strategic advisor to Irvine. The board is deeply committed to making sure that the Foundation continues with its momentum and impact. With the tenure and strength of the senior leadership team in place at Irvine, including Don, the organization is in a strong place as we search for the Foundation’s next president and CEO.

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Irvine Board Approves $18.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 09, 2013

Our Board of Directors approved $18.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 23 approved grants, 10 grants were within Arts, nine grants within California Democracy, two in our Youth program, one in Special Initiatives, and one Special Opportunity grant.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

New California Arts Fund — The Arts program made grants to 10 organizations totaling over $8 million under the New California Arts Fund (NCAF). These grants, part of the next phase of our Arts strategy, will support arts nonprofits to adapt to change and move engagement to the core of their mission.

Voter Outreach and Technology (VOTE) Initiative — Our California Democracy program made grants to organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. The Regents of the University of California received $400,000 to evaluate voter outreach experiments and identify best practices in nonpartisan voter mobilization. Together, these grants are experimenting with new voter-targeting methods to effectively incorporate new technologies to increase the impact of voter outreach efforts.

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In the News: November 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 01, 2013

Guest Post: Immigrant Integration - California Leads the Way

BY Reshma Shamasunder
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Reshma Shamasunder has served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant
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| Nov 27, 2013

Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center

The courage and determination of immigrant Californians have transformed the state – and they will soon transform the nation.

We’re experiencing what Governor Jerry Brown declared a “grand and great transition” towards a more inclusive future. This really is the “Year of the Immigrant” in California.

I’m proud to be a Californian and advocate for immigrant rights during this exciting moment – a feeling reverberating throughout our state’s immigrant communities. Recent victories advance true inclusion of immigrants and lay the groundwork for important fights ahead.

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Irvine Foundation President to Step Down; Named Barr Foundation’s First President

BY Daniel Silverman
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| Nov 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2013

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San Francisco — The James Irvine Foundation today announced that President and CEO James E. Canales has accepted a position as the first President of the Barr Foundation in Boston, effective May 2014. He will step down from his position at the Irvine Foundation in the early spring of 2014.

"We will certainly miss Jim's exemplary leadership and are deeply grateful for his remarkable tenure of 10 years as President and CEO," said Greg Avis, Chair of Irvine’s Board of Directors. "In large part because of Jim's leadership, he leaves Irvine in a very strong position. We congratulate him and wish him the best in his exciting new position with the Barr Foundation."

Mr. Canales recently celebrated his 20th year with the Irvine Foundation, having first joined in 1993, and was appointed President and CEO in 2003.

"It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Irvine's President and CEO," Mr. Canales said. "I have had the pleasure of working with many talented and dedicated partners both within and outside of the Foundation; the honor of building upon a legacy of excellence and service for which Irvine has been well known; and the joy of observing the progress we have made toward our mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California."

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A Personal Message from President Jim Canales

BY Jim Canales
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| Nov 20, 2013 1

Having marked in 2013 my 10th anniversary as Irvine’s CEO and my 20th year at the Foundation, I have decided it is time for a new professional challenge. In early spring, I will step down as Irvine’s CEO in order to become the first President of the Barr Foundation in Boston, beginning in May 2014.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. I have had the pleasure of working with many talented and dedicated partners both within and outside of the Foundation; the honor of building upon a legacy of excellence and service for which Irvine has been well known; and the joy of observing the progress we have made toward our mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California.

I am excited about this next chapter in my professional life. I am honored to have been invited to join Barbara and Amos Hostetter as the third trustee of the Barr Foundation and to help shape the next chapter of that foundation’s work. The values of humility, excellence and rigor that the Hostetters bring to the Barr Foundation align so well with my own perspectives about how philanthropy can have greatest impact.

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A Message from Irvine Board Chair Greg Avis

BY Greg Avis
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| Nov 20, 2013

When I joined the Irvine Foundation Board of Directors in 2003, we had a new president and CEO and the Foundation was emerging from a period of change. Fast forward 10 years and Jim Canales has become one of the most respected leaders in philanthropy and the Irvine Foundation and our partners are improving prospects for California's youth, expanding engagement in the arts, and making progress on state fiscal and governance reforms.

It's that context that frames my reaction to Jim's decision to accept the offer to become the first President of the Barr Foundation, starting in May 2014. On one hand, the Board of Directors will miss his exemplary leadership. On the other, Jim has had a remarkable tenure of 20 years at the Foundation and more than 10 years as CEO and, largely as a result of that leadership, he will leave Irvine in a very strong position.

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