OVERVIEW: The James Irvine Foundation aims to improve the well-being of people in the state of California by expanding economic and political opportunity. Its initiatives include arts engagement, civic participation, immigrant integration, linked learning, pay for success, better careers, fair work and postsecondary success.
IP TAKE: Aiming to improve the lives of Californians through expanded economic and political opportunity, the James Irvine Foundation supports K-12 education through its linked learning initiative. This funder does not accept unsolicited inquiries.
PROFILE: James Irvine, an agricultural and real estate pioneer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founded the James Irvine Foundation in 1937 to “promote the general well-being of the citizens and residents of the state of California.” Based in San Francisco, the foundation continues to invest in economic and political opportunity for Californians through its arts engagement, civic participation, immigrant integration, linked learning and pay for success initiatives. The foundation also runs a leadership awards program and three exploratory initiatives: better careers, fair work and postsecondary success.
K-12 education is funded mainly through the foundation’s linked learning initiative, which “prepares students to graduate from high school ready for college and with skills to thrive in the workplace.” The program aims to motivate students by connecting education to their real-life priorities. The program operates through the Linked Learning Alliance, a network of schools, private companies, and nonprofit organizations that work together to improve high school outcomes. The foundation also supports Children Now, a California-based research, policy and advocacy group that promotes health and education of children state-wide.
The James Irvine Foundation’s grants range from $50,000 to $2 million, supporting organizations of every size. While the foundation’s main geographic focus in the state of California, some national research and policy initiatives have been funded. A database of grants is available on the foundation’s website.
The James Irvine Foundation does not accept unsolicited inquiries or proposals.
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