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From the President: Moving California Forward

BY Jim Canales
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| Jan 01, 2011
Jim Canales, President & CEO

Dear Friends,

The New Year always brings with it a sense of renewal and possibility for the future. And while it may be hard to muster a sense of optimism about the fiscal challenges that face California, there is plenty of evidence that 2011 presents an opportunity to make progress toward the kind of long-term, structural reforms that will begin to address our state's chronic fiscal and budgetary challenges.

Toward this end, Irvine and four other major California foundations recently renewed our commitment to California Forward, the bipartisan reform effort our foundations helped establish in 2008 to seek long-term solutions to the state's underlying governance problems. As a group of funders, we continue to believe that without the kind of systemic reform that California Forward is pursuing, the outcomes our foundations care about — whether in education, health care, the environment or economic development — become more elusive.

Since its founding, California Forward has advanced the cause of governance reform through its contributions to the passage and implementation of Proposition 11, the redistricting initiative, and in helping to frame the legislative debate around budget and fiscal reform. In its first three years, California Forward has established itself as a respected, bipartisan entity, and it is now launching a broad public outreach campaign aimed at informing policy development and building the coalitions that will help to push additional reforms forward.

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Irvine in the News: December 2010

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jan 01, 2011

In December 2011, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Announces $11.5 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Dec 10, 2010

San Francisco — The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 26 grants totaling more than $11.5 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 Active Arts Engagement

Grants approved as part of the Arts program include a $500,000 grant to Los Angeles Philharmonic Association for support of the YOLA Neighborhood Project, which would provide high-quality music and music making opportunities for families and community members in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods. This grant is aligned with the goal of Irvine’s Arts program, which seeks to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California.

Expanding Opportunities for Voter Participation in Redistricting

Grants approved as part of the California Democracy program include a $600,000 grant to Common Cause to expand voter participation in elections and public participation in redistricting through policy development, public education and coalition based projects. This grant is aligned with Irvine’s California Democracy program, which seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.

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Irvine in the News: November 2010

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 01, 2010

In November 2010, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Elects Samuel Hoi as Director

BY Daniel Silverman
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| Nov 11, 2010

San FranciscoThe James Irvine Foundation today announced the election of Samuel Hoi to the Board of Directors. Hoi is president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and an advocate for arts education and creative citizenship for social, economic, and cultural advancement. Leading Otis since July 2000, Hoi has shepherded new academic initiatives involving innovative partnerships and community engagement. In his former position as dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., Hoi created the Visual Arts Community Outreach Program, serving inner-city youth. The program received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. Prior to joining the Corcoran, he served as director of the Paris campus of Parsons School of Design.

"Given Irvine's long and sustained commitment to the arts, it's a pleasure to have someone of Sammy's substantive professional experience join our Board of Directors," noted Jim Canales, Irvine's President and CEO. "Sammy's knowledge and insights will be invaluable across our full range of grantmaking as the Foundation works to expand opportunity for the people of California."

Hoi has served on boards for many organizations, including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Arena Stage, and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. He recently completed a five-year term as chair of the board of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Currently, he is vice chair of the board of United States Artists. He was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Palm Academy.

Hoi’s service on the Irvine board will begin in January 2011.

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Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region

BY Jim Canales
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| Nov 10, 2010

On November 10, 2010, Irvine CEO Jim Canales moderated a panel discussion about the 2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. The panel included National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Ann Markusen, an economist and leading national arts researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

The Otis report found that the creative economy is the second largest business sector in Los Angeles County, bringing 835,000 direct and indirect jobs to the region, and generating $113 billion in sales in Los Angeles and $14 billion in Orange County. The Nov. 10 event included a presentation of the findings by Nancy Sidhu, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., which prepared the report, and opening remarks by Samuel Hoi, president of the Otis College of Art and Design, which commissioned the report.

Watch video of the Nov. 10 event.

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Irvine in the News: October 2010

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Nov 01, 2010

In October 2010, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Announces $21.4 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Oct 06, 2010

San Francisco The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 31 grants totaling nearly $21.4 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.)

Improving Sustainability of Leading Arts Organizations

Grants approved as part of the Arts program include nearly $3.8 million to 12 leading organizations in the Central Valley that are participating in phase two of the Arts Regional Initiative. Each grantee proposes projects that would address the dual challenges of building organizational capacities and financial stability, while improving programs to increase cultural participation. These grants are aligned with the goal of Irvine’s Arts program, which seeks to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California.

Advancing Reforms to Improve California’s State Governance and Fiscal Systems

Grants approved as part of the California Democracy program include a $6 million renewal grant to California Forward that provides support for the organization to advance reforms to improve California’s state governance and fiscal systems. California Forward is a bipartisan organization bringing Californians together to advance governance and fiscal reforms that lead to a more responsive, effective and accountable government in California. The grant is aligned with Irvine’s California Democracy program, which seeks to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.

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Twelve Central Valley Arts Institutions Receive $3.8 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability

BY Ray Delgado
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Ray Delgado was with The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013, last serving
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| Oct 05, 2010
San FranciscoThe James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.8 million in grants to 12 arts institutions in the Central Valley that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations selected this year for the Arts Regional Initiative are planning to use the grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities. While each institution is developing specific plans, initiative participants are updating their strategic plans to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen existing ones.

“The Central Valley has been hit harder than most California regions by the recession, so it is more important than ever that we emphasize our commitment to these regional arts organizations as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences,” noted Jim Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO.

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. A complete list of grantees follows:

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From the President: Engaging Our Partners

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Oct 01, 2010
Jim Canales, President & CEO

Dear Friends,

Many ingredients contribute to effective philanthropy, but one of the more important approaches is an authentic commitment to listen and learn from the communities and institutions we support. While we at the Irvine Foundation can certainly do more in this regard — a theme I will turn to later in this letter — I wanted to share some recent activities we have undertaken to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to this approach.

For me, this commitment must start with the governing board. Irvine has built a board that both brings a range of perspectives and experiences to its leadership role and that broadly represents the rich diversity of our state. In addition, for each of the past four years, we have focused one of our quarterly board meetings on opportunities for board members to engage directly with community leaders and to see first hand the work of our partners.

Last year, our board met in Los Angeles, where we explored the challenges and opportunities facing arts organizations in the context of that region’s vibrant arts economy. The previous year we met in Sacramento, where our board heard from our partners in the public policy arena and observed through a site visit the power of the Linked Learning approach to high-school education. And just this year, in early October, we traveled to Fresno, with the goal of deepening the board’s collective understanding of both the challenges and opportunities facing the San Joaquin Valley. This region has been a priority for our funding in recent years based on its rapidly growing population and shifting demographics, a high proportion of low-income residents, and a history of being underserved by traditional philanthropy.

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