The San Joaquin Valley and Riverside and San Bernardino counties are traditionally underserved by philanthropy, are experiencing major demographic shifts and rapid population growth, and have low-income Californians residing in disproportionate numbers.
Over the past 10 years, we have funded projects in these regions to:
Identify organizations with potential or a proven track record in our program areas and invest in them to continue, strengthen, or expand their services and organization
Help these organizations better respond to the changing demographics in their regions
Expand the pool of sustainable financial resources available
Build nonprofit capacity and support the development of regional leaders
Support regional collective impact efforts by funding infrastructure and capacity needs
The New Leadership Network brings together diverse leaders across issues, sectors, and generations to learn, build relationships, and collaborate, for a better future for their region. The Network launched in Fresno in 2013.
A three-year $710,000 grant to support implementation work on the cradle to career continuum, through an entity such as the Fresno Cradle to Career Partnership; a 14-month $250,000 matching grant to strengthen and cultivate donor investment; and a 24-month $250,000 grant for general operating support.
A 42-month $300,000 grant to help facilitate the replication and long-term sustainability of the New Leadership Network in Stanislaus County with backbone support and network weaving; and a 24-month $300,000 grant to expand the Stanislaus READS! initiative and facilitate a set of systemic change efforts in Stanislaus County.
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