Initiatives

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

We invest our capital using three approaches to create systemic change: civic capital, seed capital, and expansion capital.

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

  • 1. Opportunity

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

    • GDIGM

      Providing mentorship and educational pathways for girls across Los Angeles to achieve greater gender equity in media.

    • Opportunity Fund

      Establishing financial and referral networks for minority, immigrant, and women entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    • 826LA

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

    • Library Foundation of Los Angeles

      Providing in-person assistance, study materials and access to services and resources for citizenship and naturalization through the New Americans Initiative.

    • Surf Bus Foundation

      Providing access for inner-city youth to engage in ocean sports and develop lifelong relationships with the sea.

    • Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration

      Via Economic Security Project, piloting a basic income program to ensure opportunity and economic security.

  • 2. Sustainability

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

    • AltaSea

      Bridging gaps in STEM education to grow the Blue Tech economy and investing in sustainable aquaculture.

    • 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.

    • Heal the Bay

      Employing science, hands-on education, advocacy to improve the quality of life and the health of beaches, ocean, and inland waterways.

    • T.R.U.S.T. South LA

      Working to create affordable homes for local families, with a plan to make better use of the 3000 acres of underutilized land in South LA.

    • Sierra Club

      Leading conversations on climate disruption and the future of energy; launching coalitions for energy justice to push Los Angeles towards a clean energy economy.

  • 3. Activation

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

    • XPRIZE

      Bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

    • ProPublica

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

    • Los Angeles Social Venture Partners

      Amplifying impact through building social capital, investing in collaboration, and increasing funder engagement.

    • Tierra del Sol

      Empowering adults with developmental disabilities through workforce development; providing opportunities for paid employment or professional volunteerism.

    • Kiva

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

    • CicLAvia

      Catalyzing vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events in Los Angeles.