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Orange County’s issues are connected—and so are you. We invite you to get in touch with critical information, promising approaches and a growing community of partners who share your passion for our county. Already, we are making strides toward the dream we share for Orange County.

Fund for the Future

OCCF Executive Vice President & COO, Tammy Tumbling, founded the African American Alliance Fund to raise awareness about systemic racism and support programs that advance African Americans in Orange County and surrounding communities. Check out the article in the Orange County Register on her story, inspiration and philanthropic mission behind the fund ...
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KPCC Interview with Shelley Hoss on COVID-19 Relief Grants

OCCF president and CEO, Shelley Hoss, joined 89.3 KPCC public radio to discuss the OC Community Resilience Fund, which has distributed more than $4 million dollars in COVID-19 relief grants for local nonprofits. Hear her on-air interview here: ...
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The African American Alliance Fund

The African American Alliance Fund Established June 19, 2020 The Orange County Community Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the African American Alliance Fund – the first-ever OCCF fund focused on African American communities. Founded by OCCF’s Executive Vice President & COO, Tammy Tumbling, the mission of the Fund will be to raise awareness about systemic racism and support programs that advance African Americans within Orange County and surrounding communities. Inspired by her ...
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A Message to the Orange County Community

Philanthropy 1: goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially: active effort to promote human welfare - Merriam-Webster OCCF’s mission begins, “to inspire a passion for lifelong philanthropy”— or according to Merriam-Webster, goodwill to fellow members of the human race, through active effort. Philanthropy can also be defined as “love of mankind.” Philanthropy is love in action. Our country is in deep pain as we bear witness to the continued effects of systemic racism, and its most ...
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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic stimulus law intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. The CARES Act is the third law enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provisions that Impact Charitable Giving The measure increases the deduction cap for cash contributions for itemizers to 100 ...
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Information on COVID-19

We have been closely monitoring the recommendations of leading health organizations in response to the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and as Orange County’s community foundation we are taking necessary steps to limit the spread of disease in our region. Safety & Service: First and foremost, we are taking all the recommended precautions to minimize the risk to everyone in the OCCF family. In accordance with health guidelines, we will be postponing all OCCF events through ...
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California Wildfire Relief

Fires continue to burn in both Southern and Northern California, leaving thousands of residents displaced and in need of critical resources. The immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the state. Listed below are organizations you can support that are providing relief and recovery efforts for the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and ...
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Southern California Wildfire Relief

Wildfires continue to burn in areas of Southern California, leaving thousands of residents displaced and in need of critical resources. In wake of this devastation, several organizations have assembled aid and relief efforts. Listed below are organizations you can support that are providing assistance to those in need. Salvation Army Southern California Division is accepting donations to support rapid response based on immediate needs, as well as plans for long term recovery assistance. American Red ...
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Southern California Wildfire Relief

Devastating wildfires continue to burn in areas of Southern California, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced and in need of critical resources and help. The immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. Several charities and organizations have assembled aid and relief efforts in the wake of this week’s devastation. The list below contains links to information and ...
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Donate To The Northern California Fire Fund

Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties’ community foundations have jointly mobilized the Northern California Fire Fund to respond to the devastating fires that have displaced thousands of residents, and have destroyed vast numbers of homes and businesses in their region. The Foundations have begun convening decision-makers from the nonprofit sector and local government to assess urgent needs, identify short term gaps and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. Tax-deductible contributions to the Northern California ...
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