james irvine foundation

Our mission is to expand opportunity for the people of California.

Our work is guided by a set of grantmaking principles that serve to unify the Foundation’s approach to philanthropy.

We use communications tools and strategies to bring forward both our voice and that of our partners, to expand collective understanding, propose viable solutions, and mobilize progress.

We view our most powerful role as supporting leaders and organizations that are effectively addressing some of California’s most significant challenges, both at a statewide and regional level. In all of our work, we focus on solutions, often seeking to address systemic barriers to progress and change.