The James Irvine Foundation’s focus, since 2016, 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 launched our third initiative (Priority Communities) in April 2020. We are also continuing to learn from the field as we explore new areas of grantmaking aligned with our focus.
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.