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In the News: February 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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| Feb 28, 2014

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

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Announcing the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

BY Don Howard
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Don Howard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.
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| Feb 27, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize Californians who are implementing effective solutions to critical state issues. This year’s recipients demonstrate how innovative partnerships across sectors and institutions often are a key part of successfully tackling our state's challenges.

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Linked Learning: Recent Successes and Looking Forward

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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| Feb 25, 2014
A number of exciting recent developments indicate how Linked Learning is growing and gaining support:
  • The Linked Learning Pilot Program, passed by California legislators through Assembly Bill 790, involves 63 school districts and county offices of education throughout the state. Together, these agencies serve approximately 600,000 high school students, about one-third of the state’s high school population. This pilot sets the stage for steady expansion and demonstration of Linked Learning as a viable approach that can benefit all California youth.
  • Legislative support is reinforced by the 2013–2014 California state budget, which establishes the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to fund work-based learning — a critical element of the Linked Learning approach — and other career pathways.
  • Last fall, the Linked Learning Fall Showcase generated new commitments from business leaders to work with local schools to get involved in providing work-based learning opportunities for high school students in Linked Learning pathways (read a News & Insights post about the event by Jennifer Ortega, California State Director of America’s Edge).
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From the President: Hope and Opportunity

BY Don Howard
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Don Howard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.
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| Feb 18, 2014

Colleagues,

I’m feeling hopeful. I’m hopeful that addressing inequitable and unsustainable gaps in opportunity is truly emerging as a priority in our nation, as evidenced by the President’s “Opportunity Agenda,” and here in California, where I see a growing recognition of the ever-widening disparities between socio-economic groups and between our inland and coastal regions. This recognition is a tribute to the tenacious and creative efforts of social sector leaders and their communities who have brought attention and solutions forward to our profound opportunity gaps. Even though we still live in a state and country where your zip code can predict your social mobility and life expectancy, I’m hopeful that expanding access to opportunity will have broad enough importance and urgency across ethical, economic, and political lines to become a shared goal.

Perhaps, I’m hopeful because we at the James Irvine Foundation, like so many of you, have committed ourselves to this very goal for Californians. We see the insidious and unfair effects of opportunity being inaccessible to so many people. We also see, in the work that so many of you do, the tremendous potential for proven approaches and innovative solutions to improve access to opportunity and to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and society.

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Measuring the Impact of Social Media: What Happens Offline?

BY Joyce Sood
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As Digital Communications Officer, Joyce Sood leads Irvine's social media and di
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| Feb 14, 2014

Editor’s note: The following post also appears on The Communications Network’s blog.

As we examine the online impact of our social media activities, a question that often comes to mind is: Can we reliably measure whether people's online engagement influences their actions and behavior offline?

During a recent webinar, held as a follow up to a spring 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) conference that began a sector-wide conversation about how to determine the effectiveness of using social media to advance causes and issues, three foundations shared how they’re assessing what they’re learning about their separate online activities.

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Picture This

BY Chris Henrikson
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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