The James Irvine Foundation’s grantmaking is changing. While we will fulfill our commitments to current grantees and initiatives, our focus is evolving, with the goal of expanding 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 to “initiatives” rather than three separate program areas and 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, 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.
Through the course of 2016, we plan to make some initial grants to existing leading organizations to expand effective solutions that serve working poor families and young adults and to continue to learn about what works as we explore additional grantmaking. 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 these 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 2017, we will share more of our plans for any grants related to our planned initiatives. Please look for updates on our grantmaking here.