The James Irvine Foundation’s grantmaking shifted in 2016. While we are fulfilling our commitments to earlier grantees, our focus now is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. This means we have restructured our grantmaking and our organization into initiatives rather than separate program areas (as well as some smaller projects).
In December 2017, we launched our first two initiatives under this focus (Better Careers and Fair Work). We are also continuing to learn from the field as we explore new areas of grantmaking aligned with our focus.
Meanwhile, we have developed multi-year plans that address the direction for those initiatives already in progress (Leadership Awards and Protecting Immigrant Rights) or that are culminating (Arts Engagement, Linked Learning, and Voter and Civic Engagement).
Changing our overarching goals and grantmaking structure has changed the number of organizations eligible for future grants, though we anticipate continued partnerships with other organizations as a regular part of our work.