In recent years that has meant:
In January 2016, the Foundation announced that new grantmaking initiatives would focus on expanding economic and political opportunity
for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. Read more here about that shift.
Economic opportunity so more California families and young adults are self sufficient
Political opportunity so more low-income Californians are engaged and have influence
We hope that this 2014 Year in Review 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 important, that of the talented leaders and organizations that we are privileged to support.
The Year in Review is based on the Annual Performance Report that we make each year to Irvine’s Board of Directors as a way to measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable. It examines the progress we’re seeing in our core grantmaking programs, as well as other areas that we believe contribute to our impact as an institution. The Year in Review includes information on the diversity of our staff and board, as well as our financial reports and investment policies.
This year’s edition contains essays by our President and CEO Don Howard, as well as our Chief Investment Officer John Jenks. We share our own assessment of what worked well and where we can improve. And, of course, we review some accomplishments that we are particularly proud of, as well as some highlights from our grantees that deserve particular attention.
Glass Pockets is an initiative of the Foundation Center designed to promote online transparency and accountability among large private foundations. Irvine is committed to transparency, and we invite you to take a look at our Glass Pockets profile.