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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.

It Takes Two: A Father-Daughter Duo Advances a Family Tradition of Giving

The Swayne family has left an unparalleled legacy in Orange County, which they continue to build on through an innovative approach to their family’s philanthropy. Judy Swayne’s dream to create an enduring home for local philanthropy was realized with the founding of the Orange County Community Foundation in 1989, and furthered through her leadership of OCCF over the next ten years. At the same time, her husband Keith was building his family’s company—Case Swayne Co.—into ...
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Resolve to Make a Difference All Year Long

Local nonprofits need volunteers year-round, not just during the holiday season. Each holiday season, Orange County reveals its generous heart through the hundreds of volunteers who serve at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and local nonprofits helping our neighbors in need. It’s an admirable way for individuals and families to connect with our community, and can help teach children the importance of giving back. But as the “season of giving” passes, the needs of our most ...
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Making the System Count

2-1-1 Orange County believes new system to connect people in need with real-time resources could reduce homelessness by 80 percent in six years. Living on the streets alone in 2010, 50-something Ellen became an unlikely agent of change in Orange County. The San Clemente High School graduate once lived the typical Orange County dream. Then a diagnosis of cancer turned her life into a nightmare. She lost her job, her home, and her health insurance ...
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Finding Help and Hope on the Spectrum

Orange County center provides cutting edge resources for parents and children dealing with autism spectrum disorders. Newport Beach mom Danielle grew up in a family of all girls, so when her son, Matthew, didn't click with his preschool classmates, she chalked up his behavior to that of a “goofball” boy. But when the admissions counselor at a private kindergarten denied admission to Matthew saying that he “wasn't quite with us,” Danielle and her husband Dave ...
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Meant to Make It

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. Gabriel Sanchez is proof that every child deserves a chance to succeed in school and in life. They said he wouldn’t make it. At 11, Gabriel Sanchez was already living on the ...
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One Size Does Not Fit All

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. New Research Gives Insight into Breast Cancer; Fuels Hope for a Cure. Although controversy has surrounded actress and activist Angelina Jolie during most of her career, her decision last year to submit to a voluntary double ...
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Breaking the Cycle of Teenage Pregnancy

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. Local programs offer teen mothers and their babies a healthy start and a bright future. At just 17, Elizabeth learned she was pregnant. At a time when her peers were daydreaming about prom dresses, Elizabeth ...
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It’s Time to Stand Up for Girls

By Nancy Nygren 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. As the leader of an organization dedicated to empowering girls, I am heartened by the ads that have recently flooded facebook, twitter, and my email inbox. Companies are advocating for social change, ...
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Sparking a Creative Community

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. Local arts organizations fuel minds and hearts as well as our local economy. Long before the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) opened in Costa Mesa in ...
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Charting a Course for Orange County’s Future

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. United Way President and CEO Max Gardner shares an ambitious 10-year plan for collective impact. United Way is one of the best-known brands in U.S. philanthropy. The first United Way was founded in Denver in ...
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