FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2016
Senior Communications Officer
The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $7.73 million in grants. These grants reflect the Foundation’s continued commitments to current grantees, as well as new investments related to the Foundation’s new focus: increasing economic and political opportunity for California families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. (Read more about that new direction here.)
For example, three of the new grants are part of Career Readiness and Living-Wage Work, a new initiative Irvine is exploring to ensure that low-income, working Californians can secure and succeed in family-sustaining jobs. Another grant is part of the Foundation’s emerging Voice and Influence initiative aiming to increase the ability of low-wage workers to improve working conditions and express their political will. All of these grants are designed to expand effective efforts in the field as well as to inform Irvine’s future grantmaking under its new focus.
Highlights of this current round of giving include:
A two-year grant of $450,000 to support Big Sing California, using advances in live-streaming technology to enable thousands of Californians to come together throughout the state to connect with others through a shared singing experience.
Career Readiness and Living-Wage Work
A two-year grant of $1 million to further expand CEO’s work statewide providing comprehensive employment services to men and women returning home following incarceration.
A two-year grant of $1 million to support the growth and sustainability of ICA Fund Good Jobs in its work with entrepreneurs who are dedicated to becoming good employers to spur economic growth in low-income communities and to create access to good jobs that pay a living wage, provide benefits, and support employee advancement.
A two-year grant of $3.3 million to expand operations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Opportunity youth are placed on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency through their high-support, high-expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships, and college credits.
A one-year grant of $380,000 to evaluate the impact of the Linked Learning District Initiative on student postsecondary outcomes. The Linked Learning District Initiative helps California school districts develop and implement plans for expanding the Linked Learning approach in their high schools.
Voice and Influence
A two-year, general operating grant of $500,000 to support CAUSE’s efforts to build grassroots power for underrepresented communities on California's Central Coast.
Voter and Civic Engagement
A two-year, general operating grant of $600,000 to help increase voter turnout and civic participation in the San Joaquin and Coachella Valleys.
Total board grants approved: $7.73 million ###
About The James Irvine Foundation The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on expanding economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.5 billion in grants to more than 3,600 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $2 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $74 million in 2015 for the people of California. For more information about the Irvine Foundation, please visit our website: www.irvine.org.