As we start the new year here at the Irvine Foundation, we have finished our move to a new strategy. And I am tremendously grateful to my colleagues at Irvine for their commitment to reimagining and transforming our work here at the Foundation.
We have completed the shift we began in 2016: moving away from the program-based model that is more common for foundations to one where all our efforts are directed toward a singular goal. That goal, for Irvine, is a California where all low-wage workers have the power to advance economically.
This transition has meant culminating our previous program-focused efforts and launching a new portfolio of grantmaking focused on our goal. A core aspect of this approach is large initiatives with specific timelines and outcome goals.
We have learned a lot in the past three years! For example:
Going forward, our grantmaking will link to our foundation-wide goal at three levels:
Meanwhile, we remain committed to responding to developments that affect low-wage workers. In recent years that has included efforts to protect immigrants’ rights and to help residents and service providers affected by devastating wildfires in our state.
Looking forward, we are eager to partner with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in new ways. Our focus on economic advancement for low-wage workers is an issue that we believe cuts across ideologies and is critically important to every Californian. We seek to be a bridge-builder that works toward pragmatic solutions with everyone who cares about the future of low-wage workers and the viability of the state’s economy.
We will continue to share what we’re learning and thank you for all you do for California and its workers. And, we look forward to a new year of collaboration and progress.