We believe grantmaking in communities can have significant impact on the barriers to economic opportunity facing low-wage workers. Therefore, we piloted a new approach to grantmaking in 2018 and 2019 in Fresno and Salinas that allows local partners, who know their communities best, to decide where to invest in working Californians.
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 grantmaking dollars to grassroots organizations in three areas to strengthen their capacity to inform local community issues and develop local leaders (individuals and organizations). We also helped increase access to quality information by supporting culturally competent, local media organizations.
You can read a blog post from us about these early pilots, as well as one about listening we recently did in our priority regions. We’ll also announce the evolution of our strategy and investments later in 2020.
A one-year grant of $195,000 to support the Fresno County Cradle to Career sustainability efforts and cross-sector data system, through an entity such as The Foundation at Fresno County Office of Education.
Listening to and engaging Californians is a core value for us at Irvine. It’s also critical for achieving our singular goal: a California where all workers have the power to advance economically. Recently, we convened community leaders from our Priority Regions pilot communities of Fresno and Salinas to inform, deepen, and scale the impact of our work as we consider expanding to new communities.Read the Story
At the Irvine Foundation, we believe California cannot thrive unless the inland regions of the state also thrive. That is why, as part of Irvine’s mission to expand opportunity for the people of California, the Foundation has long prioritized support for leaders and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Southern California.Read the Story