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Exploring Our Work in Two California Regions
This past spring I’ve had the opportunity to explore – with my colleagues at Irvine and a consultant – how we might deepen our grantmaking in two important and growing regions of the state: 1) the San Joaquin Valley and 2) Riverside and San Bernardino counties. I’ve learned a lot in the process, but then, as often happens when we dig deeper, we also learn how much more there is to uncover.
For over a decade, the Irvine Foundation has aimed to prioritize funding to these two regions, which are socially dynamic and increasingly more populated, and yet receive substantially fewer private philanthropic dollars per capita than the major metropolitan areas on the coast.
Our mission in these two regions is, as it is for the state, to expand opportunity for residents there in ways that build upon the region’s many assets. Over these past 10 years, we’ve sought to do so through our core program areas of Arts, California Democracy and Youth. And, we’ve had the privilege to work with many grantee partners engaged in important, high-impact work.
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