In 2016, Irvine’s grantmaking focus and structure shifted away from separate program areas to multiyear initiatives focused on a singular goal: creating a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
We have ended grantmaking in the below areas but are proud of what grantees accomplished and want to share what we learned.
Irvine launched the Voter and Civic Engagement initiative in 2003 with the aim to expand California’s electorate to better represent the state’s population and ensure that diverse voices informed public decision making. Though we made our final grant in 2019, elements of this work are reflected in our other initiatives such as Fair Work. We are honored to have supported powerful leaders and organizations whose work will have a lasting impact on Californians for generations to come.
Our goal with this program was to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians and advance the diverse ways that people and communities experience the arts. We partnered with 15 nonprofits through the New California Arts Fund — a cohort reflecting a wide range of arts disciplines and operating budgets. These organizations are working to strengthen and sustain the ability to keep arts engagement central to their work with diverse and low-income communities. Through the Exploring Engagement Fund, we seeded more than 100 experiments in arts engagement, helping arts nonprofits of all sizes take risks and engage new participants. We made our final grants for this program in 2018.
Irvine launched this three-year initiative in 2014, to explore new ways to support programs that effectively serve California’s most vulnerable people. We partnered with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a community development financial institution, to launch the California Pay for Success Initiative. Our goals were to find creative approaches to funding high-quality social services for California’s most vulnerable individuals, and to bring new, significant, and reliable resources to proven programs. We concluded our participation in this effort in 2018.