Four of the grants will support organizations participating in the Future of California Elections, a network of election officials, civil rights organizations, and election reform advocates working to increase voter participation and access in the state. They include $500,000 over a year to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California; $1.2 million over three years to the California Common Cause Education Fund; $400,000 over two years to the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund; and $350,000 over two years to the NALEO Educational Fund. The foundation also awarded five grants in the area of voter and civic engagement, including two-year grants of $1.7 million to the California Calls Education Fund and $375,000 to the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.
Eleven grants were awarded to support the expansion and replication of linked learning efforts in the state, including $2 million over two years to ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career; $1 million over a year to the Foundation for California Community Colleges; and $400,000 over two years to the Oakland Community Organization. In addition, the foundation awarded four grants to media organizations — three of which will support the California Dream project, a collaboration of multiple media outlets aimed at covering issues related to living and working in California.
Grants also were awarded in the areas of arts engagement, immigrant rights, and research.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Irvine Foundation website.
To explore data about philanthropy's role in U.S. democracy, visit Foundation Center's Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy portal.