Disneyland Resort's Philanthropic Legacy Honored with Power-Packed Philanthropy Award
Newport Beach, Calif. (July 8, 2013) – The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) presented a Power-Packed Philanthropy Award on May 2 to the Disneyland Resort, which was nominated for the honor by Orange County Human Relations. Shelley Hoss, president of OCCF, presented the award to Lisa Haines, Vice President of Public Affairs, Disneyland Resort, at the 42nd Annual Human Relations Awards Gala at the Grove of Anaheim. The honor comes with a $500 grant to the nonprofit of the Disneyland’s choice.
The Disneyland Resort has generously supported OC Human Relations for more than two decades to further their innovative programs promoting diversity, equality and safety in our community.
The Disneyland Resort has a long-standing history of commitment to service. In Orange County, Disneyland leaders serve on 50 nonprofit and industry boards. In the past year alone, the organization hosted nearly 600 Make-a-Wish families at the Magic Kingdom and has been one of the community’s biggest champions for CHOC Children’s, raising nearly $2 million through the CHOC walk at the Resort in 2012 and nearly $20 million over the 22-year history of the walk. Disney made a landmark $5 million grant in 2012 to support the expansion of CHOC.
In addition to corporate giving, Disneyland shares the resources and talents of its cast members, who have contributed 92,000 volunteer hours through the Disney VoluntEARS Program during the past year. As the county’s largest employer with approximately 20,000 “cast members”, Disneyland turned to the Orange County Community Foundation to establish an employee giving fund in 1997. The Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund has since granted millions to nonprofit agencies using innovative approaches to address critical community needs.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with Disney, as the generous nature of the corporation and its cast members are reflected over the past 15 years, having granted more than $5 million to local nonprofits through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund,” says Shelley Hoss, President of Orange County Community Foundation.
Above all, the Disneyland Resort is leading the charge in creating and supporting the needs of Anaheim youth and creating a safer community for all. Disneyland recently commissioned an in-depth research study to examine existing programs that serve local youth, identify gaps in services and develop viable solutions to fill identified gaps that will strengthen the Anaheim community, and Orange County as a whole.
About the Orange County Community Foundation:
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. The Foundation has granted more than $200 million since its inception. In 2011 OCCF ranked as the 10th most active grantmaker among more than 750 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org or call 949-553-4202.
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