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Where will Irvine be in November?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Oct 29, 2014

Irvine staff will be out and about this month – deepening the impact of the work the Foundation supports. Here’s where you can connect with us and follow the conversations happening online in November:

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BY Don Howard
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Don Howard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.
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| Oct 28, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

It’s exciting, and daunting, to be asked to lead The James Irvine Foundation.

It’s exciting because we have the privilege of supporting talented and innovative leaders working to expand opportunity for the people of California. And, it’s humbling because of the enormity of the hurdles we face if we are to ensure that everyone in our state truly has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

Although I have been at Irvine for two years now, neither our board nor I see this leadership transition as a continuation of business as usual. All of us at Irvine are committed to capitalizing on this transition to reflect and to innovate. We know that our current programs are enabling tremendous impact in communities. We also know that we can, and need to, do much more.

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BY Kevin Rafter
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As Manager of Impact Assessment and Learning, Kevin oversees evaluation efforts
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| Oct 16, 2014

Working in a state as large and diverse as California is, it’s valuable for the Irvine Foundation Board of Directors to hold some of its board meetings outside of our offices. Each year, the board visits a different region, to see the work that the Foundation is supporting and to meet with leaders in the community. We return from these trips invigorated by our grantee partners and inspired by solutions they are advancing.

In past visits to the San Joaquin Valley and to Riverside and San Bernardino, we took away insights about growth and uneven economic development in these regions. Earlier this month, in San Diego, California’s second largest county and our link to Mexico, we visited a place with more resources and advantages, but which also illustrates the great scope, diversity and disparity in California as a whole.

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2013 Year in Review

BY Daniel Silverman
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A native Californian, Daniel Silverman leads the Foundation’s communications wor
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| Sep 30, 2014

Today, we release our 2013 Year in Review. We hope this site will give you a glimpse of some of the moments and progress from the work of last year—both the work of The James Irvine Foundation, and most importantly, that of the talented leaders and organizations that we are privileged to support.

You'll find that we've structured this site a bit differently than the annual reports we used to produce, with the hope that you will explore and interact as you journey through 2013 with us.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and reactions.

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Where will Irvine be in October?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Sep 26, 2014

Irvine staff are attending events all around the country in October to learn, share, and deepen our impact in the Foundation’s program areas and philanthropy. Find out where you can connect with us and/or follow the conversations happening online.

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Where will Irvine be in September?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Aug 28, 2014 1

Each month Irvine Foundation staff attend events around the state, and sometimes country, to enhance our work in the Foundation’s program areas and philanthropy. We’re launching this monthly blog series to keep you in the know of the conferences, panels and workshops where you can connect with staff and/or follow the conversations online that matter to you.

Where will Irvine be in September?

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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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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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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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From the President: A Region Vital to our Future

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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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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In the News: September 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Oct 01, 2013

In the News: August 2013

BY Daniel Silverman
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| Sep 06, 2013

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

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From the President: Building A Field

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Aug 07, 2013

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, we shared an interactive infographic on the progress of Linked Learning in California, an initiative in which Irvine has invested significantly over the past several years. Linked Learning seeks to prepare young people for success in college, career and life through an education reform that integrates work experience and professions with relevant and rigorous academics. Through the infographic, we shared voices from many of the players involved in Linked Learning, as well as preliminary data from an evaluation that shows promising and successful results.

As we released the report, I reflected upon what it takes to get to this level of coordinated work, with a diverse set of partners working together toward one goal. Obviously, clarity of strategy helps. So does a commitment to collaboration. But, in considering our work with Linked Learning, I’m reminded of an important tool that foundations can employ to create and sustain change: building a field. It has been our commitment to a field-building approach that, we believe, has been critical to the progress thus far.

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A Look at 2012 From Irvine’s CIO

BY John Jenks
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As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, John directs the Foundation’s $1.6 bi
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| Aug 05, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following letter from Irvine Foundation Chief Investment Officer John Jenks appeared in Irvine’s 2012 Annual Report.

The calendar year of 2012 was a very good year for the Foundation’s investment portfolio. In the long-term, Irvine’s investment portfolio is a claim on increased global economic activity and the business profits that can come from that activity. But the year demonstrated that in the short-term anything can happen. While the 2012 experience was one where market returns were much better than economic activity might suggest, it was a good reminder of the possibility that things can go in either direction. Irvine has a fairly aggressive payout target (5.5 percent of average asset) and therefore an aggressive earnings target to support that payout. The big challenge for the investment program is to maintain a large long-term exposure to global economic activity to earn more than 5.5 percent plus the rate of inflation, while also reducing risk so that Irvine can tolerate years when global economic activity declines or when the opposite scenario arises — when market returns deviate negatively from economic activity.
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Engagement and the 2012 Annual Report

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Jul 29, 2013

When people engage in their communities, in their work, in their state, good things can happen. At The James Irvine Foundation, where our mission is to expand opportunity for the people of California, this idea of engagement – and working to improve Californian’s prospects to engage – has often been core to our work, no matter the program area. This seemed more so than ever in 2012, during our 75th anniversary as a foundation.

Today, we release our 2012 Annual Report in a digital format that we hope you will find interactive. Through photographs, charts, videos, and highlights, we aim to reflect on each of our program areas, the work we have supported with our resources, and the impact we seek to achieve.

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Rethinking Philanthropy’s Approach: A Q&A with Jim Canales

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Jul 19, 2013

Editor’s Note: Irvine Foundation President and CEO Jim Canales gave a keynote address at the Social Impact Exchange conference in New York City in June, 2013. You can view a video of that speech here. Following the conference, Cynthia Massarsky of the Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network interviewed him about his thoughts on philanthropy’s ability to have impact. The Q&A ran in the July issue of the Scaling Report and is reprinted here.

SIE: Jim, you gave a great keynote last month at the Social Impact Exchange’s Annual Conference on Scaling Impact – and made the bold statement that philanthropy is underperforming. You quoted the cartoon charter Pogo who said, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” What did you mean by that?

Canales: I wanted to suggest that as we consider why philanthropy is underperforming, we need to look first at ourselves. I do think that we can be our own worst enemy. Our intentions are certainly good, but how we do our work can often inhibit our ability to have impact, and that’s what I wanted to explore at the Social Impact Exchange’s annual conference.

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Opportunity for an Exchange

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Jul 11, 2013

During my first few years as Irvine’s CEO, the tools available to me for communications were far more limited than today. I gave speeches, which often involved standing behind a podium and delivering a prepared text that had gone through multiple iterations. I wrote annual report letters which, at that time, represented one of the very few opportunities to communicate with a broader audience about the Foundation’s activities and our learning. Many of the forms of communication I used were both formal and designed to be one-way in nature, with little opportunity for interaction or exchange.

Today, the nature of communications has evolved and, with it, the importance of adapting to new modes and styles. For example, TED Talk formats frequently replace formal speeches, tweeting and blogging provide ample opportunities to share ideas in real time, and technology offers multiple channels to reach many different audiences and to engage with them at practically any time.

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Yes, Foster Collaborations, But How?

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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| Jun 25, 2013

The following is a blog post Amy Dominguez-Arms wrote for the Social Impact Exchange blog during the organization’s recent conference on Scaling Impact, on June 18-20 in New York City.

I was re-inspired by my fellow panelists and other speakers at the Social Impact Exchange Conference this week about the many ways philanthropy can contribute to social good. At the same time, I was struck by the complexities involved in how we select and exercise different roles.

During our panel discussion on “When is Philanthropy
(Ir) Relevant?” Sam Karp of the California HealthCare Foundation described his foundation’s leadership of an eleven-state, cross-sector collaborative to develop a standardized user-friendly interface for health care enrollment connected to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Sharon Alpert of the Surdna Foundation talked about Surdna’s work to support and network city officials across the country and others dedicated to implementing sustainability strategies. And, at the opening luncheon on Wednesday, Rip Rapson shared the Kresge Foundation’s impressive multifaceted effort to reinvigorate Detroit’s economy. In each case, funders had identified an opportunity to tackle a critical issue by pulling together creative cross-sector partnerships.

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Irvine In The News: May 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jun 01, 2013

A Transparency Mindset in the Foundation Boardroom

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| May 22, 2013

In an essay this week for the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, Irvine President and CEO Jim Canales addresses three questions that we should be asking to bring greater transparency to foundation boardrooms. The essay is reprinted here:

With its recent report, Foundation Transparency: What Nonprofits Want, the Center for Effective Philanthropy examines the nonprofit perspective, outlining the benefits of foundation transparency to the partners we support. As we continue to explore the merits of greater transparency in philanthropy, I propose we add another dimension to the discussion by asking: What about transparency in foundation boardrooms?

In my view, one of the fundamental duties of a foundation CEO is to construct time with the board in ways that engage trustees in substantive ways and that add value to the work of the foundation. Information sharing certainly deserves its place on board meeting agendas, but it should not comprise the majority of the board’s time together. Rather, we should be building into our board agendas opportunities for strategic dialogue, robust engagement, and, yes, even debate and disagreement. And, as we do so, a transparency mindset is essential.

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