Across the state, we’ve heard from Californians about their aspirations, struggles, and frustrations. Now what?
listening to learn
Listening does not, on its own, solve big problems, but it is vital first step toward doing so. That’s why we listened to hundreds of California residents working yet still struggling with poverty — to better understand who they are, what they care about, why they continue to struggle, and what they want for their future.
Following the 2016 Community Listening Sessions, The James Irvine Foundation gave a grant to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to survey more than 3,300 California residents, including more than 1,000 who are working but struggling with poverty. The findings presented in the 2018 California Workers Report provide us a unique snapshot of California’s workforce and how the views of those working but struggling with poverty compares to workers who are economically secure.
At the Foundation, we are now committed to the important work of turning what we have learned into meaningful grantmaking — and change.