Non-profit

James Irvine Foundation

Website:

www.irvine.org/

Location:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tax ID:

94-1236937

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $137,416,557
Expenses: $98,701,704
Assets: $2,185,767,087

The James Irvine Foundation is a California non-profit donor organization with a history of donations to left-of-center labor union activist organizations such as the National Employment Law Project, left-of-center immigration advocates such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and anti-energy organizations such as the Liberty Hill Foundation. [1] [2] It has given grants well in excess of $1 million to at least 20 such organizations, and smaller amounts to many others. [3]

The Irvine Foundation has made nearly $1.9 billion since its creation in 1937; total giving for 2018 equaled $95.9 million. [4] As of 2015, its total net assets exceeded $2 billion. [5]

Background

The James Irvine Foundation was created by James Irvine, an agricultural landholder in Orange County, California, in 1937. Irvine’s company, the Irvine Company, saw its landholdings grow in value as southern California experienced suburban growth in the 1940s and 1950s; when James Irvine died in 1947, the Foundation began receiving the full proceeds from his holdings. [6]

The James Irvine Foundation has given nearly $1.9 billion in grants since 1937, with a historical giving focus on non-profits in California. Total grants for 2018 equaled $95.9 million. [7]

As of 2015 its total net assets exceeded $2 billion. [8]

Present Advocacy Grantmaking

In January 2016 Irvine Foundation leadership announced the organization would focus its giving on poverty alleviation and increasing the political influence of low-income Americans. [9] Its grants to public policy advocacy organizations often fall into three general categories:

Large Left-of-Center Recipients

At least 20 left-of-center advocacy organizations have received total grants in excess of $1 million from the Irvine Foundation since 1998.

People

Don Howard is president and CEO of the Irvine Foundation; he is a career strategic consultant to corporate and non-profit clients, having worked for the Bridgespan Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Scient Corporation. [38]

The Irvine Foundation board includes a number of prominent liberal figures, including California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Lydia Villarreal, former Liberty Hill Foundation president and CEO Kafi Blumenfield, former MacArthur Foundation board chair Robert Denham, and retired Service Employees International Union officer Eliseo Medina. [39]

References

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  2. “Search Grants.” James Irvine Foundation. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://www.irvine.org/grants ^
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  4. “About.” James Irvine Foundation. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://www.irvine.org/about ^
  5. James Irvine Foundation. 2015 IRS Form 990. ^
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  8. James Irvine Foundation. 2015 IRS Form 990. ^
  9. Daniels, Alex. “Another Big Grant Maker Redirects Its Giving Toward Poverty.” The Chronicle of Philanthropy. January 28, 2016. Accessed April 8, 2019. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Another-Big-Grant-Maker/235100 ^
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  28. “Oil, Gas and Fracking.” Center on Race Poverty & Environment. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://crpe-ej.org/our-work/climate-change-and-energy/oil-gas-fracking/ ^
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  30. “Our Homes, Our Future: How Rent Control Can Build Stable, Healthy Communities.” PolicyLink. February 2019. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://www.policylink.org/resources-tools/our-homes-our-future ^
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  36. “PRESS RELEASE — CPA & Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Release Polling Results Showing Asian Voters Support Taxing the 1%.” Chinese Progressive Association. April 11, 2012. Accessed April 5, 2019. https://cpasf.org/media-resources/cpa-mobilize-the-immigrant-vote-release-polling-results-showing-asian-voters-support-taxing-the-1/ ^
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  38. “Staff: Don Howard.” About Irvine · The James Irvine Foundation. Accessed July 22, 2019. https://www.irvine.org/about/staff/don-howard. ^
  39. “About Irvine: Board and Governance.” The James Irvine Foundation. Accessed July 22, 2019. https://www.irvine.org/about/board-governance. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Latonya Slack
    Former Senior Program Officer
  2. Connie Malloy
    Portfolio Director

Donation Recipients

  1. Advancement Project (Non-profit)
  2. American Friends Service Committee (Non-profit)
  3. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  4. Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Border Angels (Non-profit)
  6. California Forward (Non-profit)
  7. California Forward Action Fund (Non-profit)
  8. California Rural Legal Assistance (Non-profit)
  9. Californians for Safety and Justice (Non-profit)
  10. Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) Education Fund (Non-profit)
  11. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  12. Center for Cultural Innovation (Non-profit)
  13. Center for Law and Social Policy (Non-profit)
  14. Center on Policy Initiatives (Non-profit)
  15. Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) (Non-profit)
  16. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) (Non-profit)
  17. Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (Non-profit)
  18. COFEM (Non-profit)
  19. Common Cause Education Fund (Non-profit)
  20. Council for a Strong America (Non-profit)
  21. Environmental Health Coalition (Non-profit)
  22. Golden State Opportunity Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. Hispanics in Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  24. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) (Non-profit)
  25. Liberty Hill Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. MapLight (Non-profit)
  27. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) (Non-profit)
  28. Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  29. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  30. National Day Laborer Organizing Network (Non-profit)
  31. National Immigration Forum (NIF) (Non-profit)
  32. National Immigration Law Center (Non-profit)
  33. New America (New America Foundation) (Non-profit)
  34. Faith In Action (Non-profit)
  35. Pacifica Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. Partnership for Working Families (Non-profit)
  37. PolicyLink (Non-profit)
  38. Power California (Non-profit)
  39. Public Policy Institute of California (Non-profit)
  40. Resources Legacy Fund (Non-profit)
  41. Rock the Vote (Non-profit)
  42. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Non-profit)
  43. SCOPE (Non-profit)
  44. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Non-profit)
  45. Sundance Institute (Non-profit)
  46. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  47. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  48. Working Partnerships USA (Non-profit)
  49. YouthBuild USA (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 1939

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form PF $137,416,557 $98,701,704 $2,185,767,087 $130,064,332 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $155,615,863 $111,531,346 $1,611,351,228 $70,679,917 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $148,321,958 $97,676,430 $1,539,281,841 $55,929,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $107,593,223 $91,806,877 $1,494,886,206 $68,559,577 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $76,253,229 $83,622,130 $1,469,455,309 $60,955,992 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    James Irvine Foundation

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