Better Careers and Fair Work are the first two initiatives under our new focus. We are also exploring potential grantmaking initiatives through research, convenings, and initial grants.
The following are current grantmaking and special projects, some of which will conclude in coming years as we fully shift to our new focus. Click on each one to learn more about the goals, timelines, and specific grantmaking.
Irvine invests in research and development to help the Foundation explore ideas, issues, approaches, and/or organizations that could align with future initiatives — or generally inform our work to expand economic and political opportunity for working Californians who are struggling with poverty. These resources could support efforts that help us to better understand people or regions we aim to serve, problems we aim to solve, and/or existing solutions.
For example, in 2016 we gave a grant to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, related to their California Poverty Study, to build quantitative and qualitative capacity for monitoring poverty and evaluating policy in California.