Irvine Community Foundation Series

The James Irvine Foundation has a long history of partnering with community foundations to support their ambitions for growth and leadership. This work has resulted in more philanthropic resources to underserved regions in all parts of the state and helped create healthier, thriving communities.

Community foundations are critical resources in understanding the needs and aspirations of their local communities and in helping to increase the resources available to meet these aspirations. Since 1995, Irvine has partnered with community foundations across California in our core program areas and in several capacity-building initiatives. Through the creativity, commitment and inquisitiveness of these organizations, we have learned a great deal about how best to increase a community foundation’s relevance, stature and sustainability. By sharing our successes and challenges, we hope to enhance the impact of community foundations everywhere.

Community Foundations Toolkit Series

The work of initiative participants has generated a significant body of knowledge that can benefit the larger field of community foundations and that holds particular relevance for the youngest and smallest members of the field. This information is captured and shared through the following Irvine Community Foundations Series of reports:

Learning to Lead: The Journey to Community Leadership for Emerging Community Foundations (2012)

Learning to Lead Report Learning to Lead Case Studies Learning to Lead Worksheets

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Sizing Up: Strategies for Staffing Emerging Community Foundations (2012)


Sizing Up Report Sizing Up Case Studies Sizing Up Worksheets

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On Board: Engaging the Full Potential of Community Foundation Directors (2012)


On Board Report On Board Worksheets

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Reaching Out

Reaching Out: Board Ambassadors for Growth in Community Foundations (2011)

The Four Ps of Marketing

The Four Ps of Marketing: A Roadmap for Greater Community Foundation Visibility (2011)

Growing Smarter

Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations (2007)