Communities Enriched Through Philanthropy

“There is no other company in America that compares to Irvine Company’s unparalleled commitment to investing in and successfully enhancing the quality of life of a community.  They set the standard.”
– Bryan Starr, President and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber

Giving back to the community is at the core of Irvine Company’s culture. This commitment to philanthropy is inspired directly by Chairman Donald Bren—admired as one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. For decades, Mr. Bren has enriched communities on behalf of Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation with more than $1.3 billion in donations, according to Businessweek magazine. Focusing his philanthropic contributions in three key areas—environmental stewardship, education and research—Mr. Bren believes those pursuits have the widest-reaching potential to affect and enrich people’s lives.

Education and Research

The Donald Bren Foundation and Irvine Company have been committed to investing in education. These donations support school districts, students, teachers, universities and university scholars. Gifts include major contributions to university programs, local K-6 schools for enrichment programs, and after-school programs for low-income children.

As a major supporter of the University of California, Mr. Bren has helped establish and strengthen programs in such diverse fields as computer science, business, environmental science, medicine, law and the arts. In fact, he has contributed more to fund endowed chairs than any other individual in the history of the University of California.

In addition, major contributions to leading research institutions on behalf of Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation have created new, highly targeted research opportunities for renowned scientists, medical researchers and scholars. These contributions are helping to accelerate scientific progress in a wide range of areas, including the search for medical cures, the advancement of computer technology and protection the environment.

Mr. Bren has also supported the efforts of distinguished scientist Dr. John C. Reed at the internationally acclaimed Burnham Institute for Medical Research based in La Jolla, California. The institute conducts wide-ranging research on cancer, neurosciences and aging, and infectious and inflammatory diseases.