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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

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| Dec 01, 2013

Guest Post: Immigrant Integration - California Leads the Way

BY Reshma Shamasunder
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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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In the News: October 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Nov 01, 2013

Teaching Lessons

BY Aaron Pick
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| Oct 24, 2013

Teaching runs in my blood. My parents were elementary teachers, my sister currently teaches, and I’m a former high school math teacher. Together, we taught for over 50 years. Of all my jobs, teaching is the one that helped me most in being able to read an audience, adjust a plan midstream, and motivate others on a daily basis. It had a huge impact on my life. But a recent visit to a high school had me thinking about the power of learning to teach as a tool for young people and the many ways in which it can prepare them for success in college, career and life.

Enter Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino City Unified School District. Arroyo Valley serves over 2,000 high school students, mostly from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. About 150 of these students attend the Teaching Academy, which is just one example of a Linked Learning pathway set within one of California’s high-demand industry sectors that combines rigorous academics with career-based learning. Linked Learning integrates these real-world professions with rigorous academics in a way that makes school relevant and engaging. Students at Arroyo Valley serve as teaching interns at local schools and receive a course of study that prepares them for both college and the teaching profession.

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Refining our Work on California Democracy

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Oct 21, 2013 1

Improving the health of California's democracy is both an exciting challenge and a formidable task. What's exciting is the possibility of transforming how important public decisions are made, so as to benefit all Californians. Our goal is for California to have a representative electorate, with policymaking bodies incentivized to consider the long term, and public decisions made based on good data about effective solutions.

Also exciting about working in this field is the diverse set of highly capable, committed and strategic organizations here in California that are building alliances across sectors and geographies to change how we make decisions and plan for our future. We are honored to be working in partnership with many of them.

But a challenge we face is that with many aspects of our democracy that could be improved, how do we best approach grantmaking in this arena?

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From the President: A Region Vital to our Future

BY Jim Canales
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| Oct 16, 2013

Dear Friends,

One of the opportunities afforded to institutions such as the Irvine Foundation is the ability to take a long-term view. As a perpetual institution dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California, the Irvine Foundation needs to look at not only today’s challenges, but also must understand the trends and forces that will shape the California of the future.

For the past decade, our work has been informed by the realization that the inland parts of California — particularly the San Joaquin Valley along with Riverside and San Bernardino counties — are increasingly vital to the future of our state. The population of those regions continues to grow at rates far beyond California’s overall growth. In fact, between 2010 and 2030, it is projected that fully 46% of the state’s total population growth will occur in those regions alone.

It is this reality that led us to hold our quarterly board meeting in October in Riverside and San Bernardino, to provide our board members with an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and residents of the region regarding the assets and opportunities in their two counties. (We conducted a similar board visit to the Fresno region in 2010). There is simply no substitute for such visits; they provide the opportunity to listen and to learn and to have our strategies informed and shaped by the authentic experience of people who live there.

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