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The dream of a more vibrant, prosperous Orange County is within our reach. To achieve it, we must understand and confront difficult realities faced by too many of our neighbors. And we must coordinate our response so that every effort counts.

The ConnectOC enewsletter and blog bring fresh examples of innovation and impact as we share stories of the donors, dreamers and doers who partner with OCCF, as well as insights into how we are working to help make Orange County a stronger, healthier more vibrant community for all. With an easy-to-read format and expanded content, we aim to inspire, inform and help you connect with our community and the causes you care about most.

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.

Keith Swayne Honors Wife’s Legacy by Helping to Unlock Alzheimer’s Research

As baby boomers age, they bring with them a population explosion unseen in modern times. The numbers alone indicate that Orange County will see an influx of issues we have never faced before. And coping with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia tops the list. At last count, 11.7 percent of Orange County residents age 65 and older are afflicted, as Orange County Healthy Aging Initiative ...
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Creating an OC Strategic Plan for Aging

Orange County’s senior population is growing exponentially while other age demographics are shrinking, exposing at least a third of our neighbors to problems we’ve never faced as a community. Although residents age 65 and above make up 12.4 of Orange County’s population this year, this figure will double by 2045. By then, nearly 5 percent of residents will be older than 85, an especially fragile demographic. The “silvering” of our population has wide-ranging implications on ...
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2016 OC Community Indicators Report Shows Students Are Better Prepared – But the Opportunity Gap Is Widening

Tomorrow’s leaders are getting a head start on success today. That’s the good news gleaned from the 2016 OC Community Indicators report, which was released on June 22, 2016 to local community and business leaders at an Orange County Forum luncheon. More than half of Orange County children were deemed ready for kindergarten this past year, and 55 percent of eighth-grade students met literacy achievement standards. Most Orange County school districts performed better than the ...
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Kids Under Five Get Reading Boost from Three OC Funders

After eight years in development, Orange County has a new tool to measure the developmental progress of every child at the time they enter school. Spearheaded by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, the Early Development Index (EDI) is a revealing measurement of the early learning needs of young children throughout our community. EDI is not only a population-based, validated assessment of school readiness and healthy development, it also addresses how children are ...
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Technology of Today

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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Global Car Industry

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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For the Love of Math: The MIND Research Institute Inspires Kids to See the World Mathematically

When it comes to mathematics education in Orange County, the numbers don’t always add up to a bright outlook for our youngest learners. The newest OC Community Indicators Report revealed that half of Orange County third-grade students met or exceeded the statewide achievement standard for mathematics during the 2014-15 academic year. The numbers for eighth-grade students are even more alarming, with only 44 percent meeting or exceeding the mathematics achievement standard. These statistics confirm the ...
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Return Investment

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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Ranney Draper’s Quest to Equip OC Students for College

Laguna Beach resident Ranney Draper has high hopes for Orange County students. The ardent supporter of education not only wants to see every student graduate from high school but also have equal opportunity to earn a college degree – and he’s banking on their success. Certainly, he’s eager for young adults to choose elevating careers that lead to higher income potential – perhaps even altering the trajectory of their entire families for generations to come ...
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Two Years to Remember

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below.   When I was invited by the Orange County Register to become a contributing columnist for the Faith & Values section in March 2013, I couldn’t have imagined a better match with the ...
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