The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved 18 grants totaling more than $13.9 million earlier this week. The grants included support for the Foundation’s two initiatives focused on California workers (Better Careers and Fair Work), including a grant that will support restaurant workers earning low wages in California.
The full list of board-approved grants includes:
Jewish Vocational & Career Counseling Service
A two-year grant of $500,000 for a public sector job training and placement strategy that expands on existing partnerships and builds new capabilities in healthcare, utilities, and technology training.
Reading and Beyond
An 18-month grant of $1 million for the California Bridge Academy program to support workforce development in Fresno through a one-on-one workforce navigation model that enables participants with some college credits but no degrees or certificates to access and succeed in living-wage careers.
Chinese Progressive Association
A two-year grant of $600,000 for general operating support.
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
A two-year grant of $450,000 for general operating support.
National Domestic Workers Alliance Inc.
A two-year grant of $3 million to ensure labor protections and improved professional opportunities for domestic and home care workers in California.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United
A two-year grant of $970,000 to support restaurant workers earning low wages in California through expanded organizing, training, and outreach to employers.
Working Partnerships USA
A two-year grant of $800,000 for general operating support.
Protecting Immigrant Rights
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
A one-year grant of $375,000 to engage and mobilize California philanthropy on immigration issues and 2020 Census.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
A two-year grant of $600,000 to protect immigrant rights in California through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.
Regional Access Project Foundation, Inc.
An 18-month grant of $400,000 to protect immigrant rights in Coachella Valley.
A two-year grant of $750,000 for the expansion of housing organizing and education.
A two-year grant of $1.35 million for regranting and the development of a statewide plan to advance solutions that end the housing affordability, stability, and homelessness crisis by 2030.
The Aspen Institute, Inc.
A four-year grant of $400,000 to support the pilot of California Good Companies/Good Jobs in using business incentives to boost high-road employer practices and expand opportunity for frontline workers.
Voter and Civic Engagement
Korean Resource Center, Inc.
A two-year grant of $400,000 for general operating support.
Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc.
A two-year grant of $375,000 to support nonpartisan voter and civic engagement in Orange County, through the Orange County Civic Engagement Table
Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
A two-year grant of $490,000 for general operating support.