Irvine’s grantmaking focus and structure shifted in 2016. We replaced separate program areas with initiatives focused entirely on creating a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
We are fulfilling our final commitments to earlier grantees to responsibly culminate our previous program-based efforts — and transition elements of some of that work into our other initiatives. We have made final grants in these areas, and we share what we’ve learned as each comes to a close.
Irvine launched Protecting Immigrant Rights in 2016 to support grassroot and statewide efforts that inform, engage, and protect immigrant families. We made our final grants under this body of work in 2020 and are considering what the shifting landscape — including the devastating impact of COVID-19 — means for California’s immigrants, the nonprofits that serve them, and what role Irvine can play going forward.
Linked Learning was a decade-long initiative by Irvine to prepare young people to graduate from high school ready for college and with the skills to thrive in the workplace. Growing evidence shows this approach works for all students, particularly those facing significant barriers to graduate.
We concluded the initiative in 2019 with an investment in the Linked Learning Alliance, who leads the growth and sustainability of Linked Learning as a means to improve equity in education and workforce development.