Our singular goal: a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
The California Dream — doing better than your parents — is increasingly out of reach for millions of working people. As our state and nation rebuild our economy, we have a chance — and an imperative — to do so in ways that honor, protect, and advance all workers.
California’s future is tied to the success of the millions of workers who live on low incomes, often in poverty. We invest in leaders and organizations that can address the daunting situation our state faces (before the fallout of COVID-19 and as we work to rebuild after it).
Almost one out of every three Californians earns low wages. That translates to 4.3 million low-wage workers. (Source: UC Berkeley Labor Center).
30% of California workers earned less than $18.02/hour in 2021. (Source: UC Berkeley Labor Center)
of Latinx and Black households in California lost earnings during the pandemic as of late 2020 (Source: California Budget & Policy Center).
We pursue impact through a portfolio of initiatives with specific goals, timelines, and grantees that inform our investments. Learn about our initiative model.
Connecting low-income Californians to good jobs with family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities
Engaging low-wage workers to secure their wages, rights, and protections
Advancing policies that reflect the priorities of low-income workers and their families
Partnering with local leaders and organizations to create good jobs and inclusive economies
Investments that complement our initiatives, such as research and journalism
Learning how we might add value with new investments focused on specific issues
Areas of support we are culminating or integrating into other initiatives
Recognizing and supporting leaders who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to California’s most significant challenges.
Go to the Awards site