The James Irvine Foundation’s grantmaking shifted in January 2016. While we are fulfilling 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).
In December 2017, we launched our first two initiatives under our new 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 (e.g., Postsecondary Success).
Meanwhile, 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, and Voter and Civic Engagement).
While our overarching goals and grantmaking structure have changed, therefore changing the number of organizations that would likely be eligible for future grants, we anticipate continued partnerships with other organizations.