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Irvine Board of Directors Approves $1.85 Million in Grants on March 26, 2020

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved three grants totaling $1.85 million last week, bringing the Foundation’s total grantmaking in 2020 to $8 million. The grants, among others, included support for the Foundation’s Fair Work initiative, strategic partnerships, and Irvine’s annual Leadership Awards.

Example grants in 2020 include:


Fair Work
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
A two-year grant of $700,000 for general operating support.

Additional Grantmaking

National Immigration Forum
A 30-month grant of $650,000 to support implementation in California of a program, Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, that offers English language training for foreign-born workers, in partnership with California employers.

Foundation for California Community Colleges
A one-year grant of $500,000 to increase the capacity of the California Community College system to meet the needs of employers and low-income workers related to skills needed for today’s jobs.

Leadership Awards
Six one-year grants of $250,000 to the organizations whose leaders received the 2020 James Irvine Leadership Award, given for innovative solutions to critical state challenges that improve people’s lives, create opportunity, and contribute to a better California.