Newsom Issues 2021 Social Innovation Impact Report

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom released the 2021 second annual Social Innovation Impact Report, detailing California’s multisector approaches to addressing the state’s most persistent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Newsom Administration, California has led 44 public-private partnerships totaling more than $4 billion in corporate and philanthropic contributions and engaging more than 1,600 community-based organizations. In 2021, public-private partnerships invested more than $138 million in communities throughout the state.

The most notable partnerships occurred across the following areas:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Equity and Outreach – The Newsom Administration details partnerships with the California Community Foundation, Public Health Institute (PHI), and Sierra Health Foundation to provide COVID-19 vaccine appointment assistance, at-home vaccinations and transportation services, and targeted community outreach. According to the Governor’s Office, these partnerships have funded and mobilized over 700 community-based organizations across the state to each 14 million residents.
  • Housing for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness – Governor Newsom highlights the state’s expansion of Homekey, investing $2.75 billion to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, and vacant apartment buildings to convert them into interim or permanent, long-term housing.
  • Support for Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers – California launched the California Dignity for Families Fund to support migrants and asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children. A partnership with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), the fund supports integration of new arrivals and their families to California.
  • Climate Resilience and Disaster Relief – The Newsom Administration highlights historic climate-related investments made this year and hints at more public-private partnerships to be announced in 2022, including the High Road Training Fund, Community Economic Resilience Fund, Drought Recovery and Resilience Fund, and Wildfire Relief.

Additional information, including the full 2021 Social Innovation Impact Report, is available here.