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, 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 made our first round of grants to reflect the Foundation’s continued commitments to current grantees as well as new investments related to our evolving focus. Three of the new grants are part of the Career Readiness and Living-Wage Work we’re exploring, and another is for our Worker Voice and Influence initiative. These grants were specifically designed to expand effective efforts in the field and inform Irvine’s future grantmaking. Read about the initial grants here.
A second round of grants were made in October 2016, and through the rest of 2016, we will continue to make initial grants to existing leading organizations to expand effective solutions that serve families and young adults who are working but in poverty 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 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 2017, we will share more of our plans for any grants related to our planned initiatives. Please look for updates on our grantmaking here.