The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 10 grants totaling just over $4 million in support of the Foundation’s mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. (For a list of approved grants, click here.)
Supporting Education and Outreach on Governance Reform
Grants approved as part of the California Democracy program include an $800,000 grant to Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education for its public education and outreach regarding state budget and fiscal issues. This grant is part of the program’s Governance Reform priority. Irvine’s California Democracy program seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.
Expanding the Linked Learning Approach
Grants approved as part of Irvine’s Youth program include a $400,000 grant to the California School Boards Foundation to raise awareness of Linked Learning among California school board members and district leadership teams. These grants are part of the program’s Linked Learning Policy priority. Grants made as part of Irvine’s Youth program seek to increase the number of low income youth in California who complete high school on time and attain a postsecondary credential by the age of 25.
Promoting Cultural Participation
Grants approved as part of the Arts program include a $425,000 grant to Cornerstone Theater to train and support community-engaged artists and develop new works of community-based theater. Irvine’s new Arts program strategy seeks to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians.
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The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2010 for the people of California.