Progress with Pay for Success
Early this year, the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund launched the California Pay for Success Initiative to provide flexible funding and expert support for government and community leaders exploring opportunities to create Pay for Success agreements.
Exploring Our Work in Two California Regions
This past spring I’ve had the opportunity to explore – with my colleagues at Irvine and a consultant – how we might deepen our grantmaking in two important and growing regions of the state.
Announcing the California Pay for Success Initiative
One of the most valuable roles a foundation can play is to invest in promising solutions being tested out by talented leaders at a moment in time when, if they succeed, a breakthrough just might be possible.
New Leadership Program Launches in Fresno
As the San Joaquin Valley’s economic, social and educational challenges have gained more national attention, it’s easy to get lost in the myriad of well-documented problems and issues facing the valley.
A Blueprint for Community Foundation Impact
One of the most fundamental values we hold at Irvine is to share what we’re learning. We want our colleagues—both nonprofits and other funders—to be able to apply the most promising ideas, approaches and strategies to their work—and to also avoid the ones that aren’t working.
Refining Our Support For Grantee Leadership
Building leadership is one of Irvine’s core values, and one of the ways we try to realize that value is through the Fund for Leadership Advancement.
Napa Valley Community Foundation Opens Dialogue on Immigration
Earlier this month, I was part of an event in Napa County that shows why a creative and resourced community foundation is one of the most important assets a community can have.
Small Calif. Community Foundations Get Big Results
Over the past six years, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with a set of small, young community foundations in under-resourced parts of California as they aim to grow faster, smarter, and increase the positive impact they are having in their communities.
Building Capacity Among Community Nonprofits
The Community Leadership Project is a $10 million investment, made collaboratively by Irvine and the Packard and Hewlett foundations, to support the effectiveness and impact of a set of small organizations that are deeply rooted in low-income communities and communities of color.