The James Irvine Foundation



The James Irvine Foundation was established in 1937 by James Irvine himself as a primary stockholder of The Irvine Company.


The guiding principle of the foundation is the idea of expanding opportunity.



The goals of the foundation is to advance the educational and economic prospects of low-income Californians to share in and create California's prosperity; to engage a broad cross section of Californians in the civic and cultural life of their communities and the state; to enhance mutual understanding and communication among diverse, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups; and enrich the state's intellectual and creative environment.

Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from Irvine Foundation


We're Hiring: Development Director
Foundation: California Endowment, James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Irvine Foundation

The San Francisco Public Press, a 12-year-old independent nonprofit news ... on the design and execution of a growing, diversified fundraising strategy. ... work with the Public Press's management...more

A Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention | AAPIP
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Boston Foundation, California Community Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Essex County Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rose Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, California Endowment, Chicago Community Trust, Cleveland Foundation, Columbus Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Minneapolis Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, San Diego Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, William T. Grant Foundation, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Open Society Foundations, California Wellness Foundation, Simons Foundation, Central Valley Community Foundation

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. As Asian American philanthropic leaders, we are outraged and horrified by the racially...more

The James Irvine Foundation Invests $2.7 Million in the First Phase of Just San Bernardino ...
Foundation: James Irvine Foundation, Irvine Foundation

... $2.7 million project grant from The James Irvine Foundation, and support from its community partner, the Inland Empire Community...more

Service CU Impact Foundation raises $250K for veterans, military families
Foundation: Irvine Foundation

The Robert Irvine Foundation's grants program has benefited the USO-Metro, Valor Service Dogs, Warrior Reunion Foundation, Gary...more

We stand with 30+ CA philanthropic... - The James Irvine Foundation
Foundation: James Irvine Foundation, Irvine Foundation

We stand with 30+ CA philanthropic organizations to address deep racial inequities and call to increase public investment in our communities....more

Call for Nominations: Invest in California’s Future
Foundation: James Irvine Foundation, Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation announces its open nominations for the 2021 Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize exceptional leadership, characterized by significance, innovation, effectiveness,...more

$100000 grant awarded to valley collaborative for career training
Foundation: James Irvine Foundation, Irvine Foundation

(KSEE/KGPE) — The South Valley Industrial Collaborative (SVIC) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation...more

College Futures Foundation Adds Director of Public Policy and Senior Program Officer to Team

... educational opportunity for California's diverse students, playing key roles in policy research, advocacy, nonprofit strategy, and program...more

Inland Empire Nonprofits Organize to Close Funding Gap
Foundation: Irvine Foundation

And, as a recent report by Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy illuminates, Native Americans receive philanthropic support at roughly...more

Illustrative Grants from Irvine Foundation



Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music-$225,000

Kuumbwa Jazz Center-$250,000

Lobero Theatre Foundation-$325,000

Monterey Museum Of Art-$300,000

Monterey Symphony-$275,000

Museum of Ventura County-$275,000

National Steinbeck Center-$275,000

Ojai Festivals Limited-$250,000

Rubicon Theatre Company-$325,000

San Luis Obispo Art Center-$225,000



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