In our Youth program, that means increasing the number of low-income young people who complete high school on time and earn a postsecondary credential by age 25. In the Arts program, it means promoting engagement in the arts for all Californians — the kind that embraces and advances the diverse ways that we experience the arts, and that strengthens our ability to thrive together in a dynamic and complex social environment. And through our California Democracy program, it means advancing effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.
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.
Advance the educational and economic prospects of low-income Californians to share in and create California's prosperity
Engage a broad cross section of Californians in the civic and cultural life of their communities and the state
Enhance mutual understanding and communication among diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups
Enrich the state's intellectual and creative environment
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.
This 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.
This year’s edition contains essays by our President and CEO Don Howard, as well as our Chief Investment Officer John Jenks. It features our financial reports and information about staff and board demographics, and we also share our own assessment of what worked well and where we can improve, which we call our Annual Performance Report. 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.
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