Our vision for this community-based grantmaking is an economy that works for all residents, with the goals of:
Partnering with regranting intermediaries — like community foundations — is core to implementing our Priority Communities initiative. We work with trusted, local partners who know the players and have designed solutions for their communities’ challenges. This approach allows us to quickly and strategically award larger grants to local organizations who are implementing key projects that benefit low-wage workers.
In 2018 and 2019, we piloted this approach to grantmaking in Fresno and Salinas.
As part of this effort, Irvine collaborated with the Central Valley Community Foundation, the Latino Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Monterey County to expand access to our grant dollars to grassroots organizations to strengthen their capacity to inform local issues and develop local leaders (individuals and organizations). We also helped increase access to quality information by supporting culturally competent, local media.
You can read a blog post from us about these early pilots, as well as one about listening we recently did in these regions.
Through Irvine’s grant dollars, we aim to achieve the following goals for the Priority Communities initiative: