Initiatives

We support initiatives in three categories: opportunity, sustainability, and activation. Within each category, organizations deliver the following vital services:

OPPORTUNITY

Provide skills, programming, and support structures to improve educational and economic opportunity.

SUSTAINABILITY

Pursue environmental health through innovation at both the cause and response sides of the issue.

ACTIVATION

Support pro-social platforms and tools for independent expression and individual mobilization.


Here’s a glimpse of some of the organizations and specific projects we support.

Caltech Resnick Institute

Fostering transformative advances in energy science and technology.

We kick-started the graduate fellowship program by delivering critically needed seed funding to support their cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, and spurred further innovation by supporting their western regional clean-tech business plan competition.

City Year

Redefining idealism by promoting the idea that each of us can make a difference.

We lead City Year’s expansion to Los Angeles then supported their growth in L.A. We also provided seed funding for their L.A.-based education conference about how service can drive education reform.

The Imagination Foundation (formerly CAINE’S ARCADE FOUNDATION)

Finding, funding, and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in youth.


Inspired by Caine’s Arcade, we provided seed funding to build an organization that would support more kids like Caine. We want to “help kids not only to learn how to build the things they imagine, but to also imagine the world they can build.”

LIFT

Combating poverty and expanding opportunity so all Americans can pursue their life goals.

A longtime funder of LIFT, we worked with them to expand their model in L.A. We provided funding for a feasibility study and, organized meetings with city officials, social service organizations, university administrators, potential board members, and funders to learn where LIFT could do the most good.

PEER HEALTH EXCHANGE

Giving teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a health curriculum in public schools that lack health education.

A longtime funder of Peer Health Exchange, we helped expand and deepen their operations in L.A., specifically within USC, UCLA, CSU Northridge, and Occidental College, training more college students to teach the curriculum to additional 9th grade students in new neighborhoods.

WHITE HOUSE FELLOWSHIP in Entrepreneurship (via the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE)

Advancing science, serving society, and sponsoring the fellowship effort with the White House Office of Science and Technology.

We supported a fellowship designed to coordinate and launch a national agenda to achieve sustainable growth and quality jobs via entrepreneurship.


OPPORTUNITY

X PRIZE

Bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

NFTE LA (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

Providing programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.

826LA

Supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills; empowering teachers; and providing tutoring, workshops, and more.

JENESSE CENTER

Providing victims of domestic violence with support to assist them in addressing their immediate crises and changing the patterns of their lives.

SUSTAINABILITY

HEAL THE BAY

Making Southern California waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean.

LA Waterkeeper

Protecting and restoring the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action.

ENVIRONMENT NOW

Leading the creation of measurably effective programs to protect and restore California’s environment.

TREEPEOPLE

Inspiring, engaging, and supporting people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment—making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable.

ACTIVATION

PROPUBLICA

Supporting the creation of independent media stories with a “moral force.”

DIGITAL DEMOCRACY

Empowering marginalized communities to use technology to fight for their human rights.

KIVA

Connecting people through lending; leveraging the internet and a network of microfinance institutions to alleviate poverty around the world.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Promoting media freedom worldwide, protecting journalists and the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.