Established to support a specific charitable area, field-of-interest funds target specific interests, such as education, health, animal welfare, medical research or veterans’ needs. Inherently flexible, this type of fund allows you to identify and support a broad charitable purpose or category of interest, such as the arts, education, animal welfare, medical research, veterans needs or human services.
With a field of interest fund, you can rely on the Orange County Community Foundation to identify organizations capable of making the greatest impact in the specific issue area or region of particular importance to you. A field-of-interest fund with OCCF may be opened with contributions of $250,000 or more.
Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women
Margaret E. Oser left a remarkable philanthropic legacy to benefit women’s health, education and social welfare through the establishment of a private foundation in her estate plans. After partnering with the Orange County Community Foundation for several years to carry out its grant-making programs, the Oser foundation’s trustees decided in 2005 to transfer its $9.1 million corpus to OCCF — the largest endowed gift in OCCF history. Since 2001, OCCF has awarded grants totaling $3.5 million from the Oser fund to nearly 100 nonprofit agencies in Southern California working in the areas closest to Margaret Oser’s heart.
James H. Warne
In 2014, the generosity of the longtime Orange County resident James H. Warne resulted in the largest single contribution in OCCF history: an estate gift of nearly $35 million. Mr. Warne worked with his estate planning attorney and directed OCCF to steward his charitable legacy by establishing an endowed fund decades before his passing. He wanted to ensure that his vision yields never-ending returns for the causes he held closest to his heart, including providing educational resources for local students, preserving endangered species and supporting guide dogs for disabled individuals.