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Those of us in philanthropy still have a critical role to play here in California. Redrawing California’s electoral maps from the state down to the local level will depend on a fair and accurate Census.
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While FCCP member funders are often supporting power building and equity work in communities, we are now turning that lens inward to assess and positively change our institutions in ways that better support the field.
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What does it take to support millennials in becoming civic leaders, given the unique lived experience and points of view they bring?
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Three years ago, we launched the California Pay for Success Initiative as an experiment. With this time-limited project, we sought creative approaches to funding high-quality social services for society’s most vulnerable individuals, and to discover ways to bring resources to proven programs.
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We believe that expanding economic and political opportunity — the goals we have set for our work — are all the more critical for California’s future success. That’s why we’ve been working hard to turn our evolving focus into grantmaking strategies.
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A recent report released by the Public Policy Institute of California, “California’s Exclusive Electorate: Who Votes and Why it Matters,” shares lessons learned from California funders on growing civic engagement in communities of color.
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The James Irvine Foundation has a deep commitment to ensuring that all Californians have the opportunity to fully participate in the political process, that their voices can be heard, and that their perspectives shape our future. Photo from SCOPE.
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Early this year, the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund launched the California Pay for Success Initiative to provide flexible funding and expert support for government and community leaders exploring opportunities to create Pay for Success agreements.
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To complement our ongoing civic engagement efforts, the James Irvine Foundation and its grantee partners are launching ambitious nonpartisan voter outreach and mobilization efforts for 2014’s primary and general elections.
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