The James Irvine Foundation’s grantmaking is changing. While we will fulfill our commitments to current grantees and initiatives, our focus is now to expand economic and political opportunity for California families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. This means we have restructured our grantmaking and our organization into initiatives rather than separate program areas (as well as some smaller projects).
We have developed multi-year plans that address the direction for those initiatives already in progress (Arts Engagement, Elections Policies and Practices, Immigrant Integration, Leadership Awards, Linked Learning, Voter and Civic Engagement, and our special projects.)
Meanwhile, we are learning from the field as we develop new initiatives aligned with our evolving focus (e.g., Postsecondary Success, Worker Voice and Influence, and Career Readiness and Living-Wage Work).
While our overarching goals and grantmaking structure have changed, therefore changing the number of organizations that will be eligible for future grants, we anticipate continued partnerships with other organizations.
In August 2016, we started giving our first grants to reflect the Foundation’s commitments to current grantees as well as new investments related to our new focus. Since then we have provided grants to initiatives we are exploring (Career Readiness and Living-Wage Work and Worker Voice and Influence initiative), with the goal to expand effective efforts and inform Irvine’s future grantmaking. Read about the initial grants here.
These grants will explore a range of different solutions; populations and regions to serve; and short- and long-term innovation and policy opportunities.
None of the initial grants will be made under an “open call” process, but we are working hard to ensure we’re representing diverse points of view.
In the future, we will share more of our plans for any grants related to our planned initiatives. Please look for updates on our grantmaking here.