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President’s Commission Recommends Voting Fixes

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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Weaving Arts Engagement into our DNA

BY Josephine Ramirez
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As Arts Program Director, Josephine is leading the implementation of a new grant
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| Jan 10, 2014

At Irvine, we talk a lot about the “new California.” It’s shorthand for the ongoing evolution of our state, one driven by demographic shifts, innovations in technology and other forces that drive home the adage, the only constant is change.

For the past two years, our arts program has focused on encouraging arts organizations to adapt to these changes. Through our Exploring Engagement Fund, we’ve made grants to nonprofits that are experimenting with arts engagement practices and reshaping the who, how and where of engaging new and diverse audiences and participants. This type of risk innovation is essential for the future and health of the field and we will continue to invest in it.

But piloting innovation has always been just one aspect of our strategy. From the beginning, we’ve known that, to truly adapt to a new California — which is to say, a state of continual change — requires a much deeper approach: one that shifts engagement from something we do to who we are.

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In the News: December 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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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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As Digital Communications Officer, Joyce Sood leads Irvine's social media and di
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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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As the California director for the national business leaders organization Americ
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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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Greg Avis is chair of the board of The James Irvine Foundation. Avis is a Foundi
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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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