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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.

Maximize your Charitable Giving by using your IRA

Did you know that you can minimize taxes owed by using your IRA to make a charitable donation? If you are over age 72 and have an IRA, you already know that you must start taking required minimum distributions from your IRA and include those distributions in your taxable income.  If you subsequently donate to charity, you will be donating with after-tax dollars. There is a better way to give to charity and pay less ...
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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Judge Frances Muñoz 

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of the Honorable Judge Frances Muñoz, founding member of the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) and former OCCF board member.   A fierce advocate for the Latino community, Judge Muñoz devoted a lifetime to the issues she was passionate about, including immigration, education, diversity in the legal system and family. Her commitment to the Latino community also led her to co-found The Luévano Foundation and the ...
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Nonprofit Spotlight: Human Options Endowment Fund – Maricela Rios, CEO

We recently interviewed Maricela Rios, CEO of Human Options who opened their endowment fund at OCCF eighteen years ago.  Read our Q & A below!   OCCF- Tell us more about Human Options?   Marciela Rios- We ignite social change by educating Orange County to recognize relationship violence as an issue that threatens everyone, advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for victims, and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.  Our vision ...
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Indigenous People’s Day

As we honor Indigenous People’s Day, we begin with an important acknowledgement: We acknowledge and honor the fact that Orange County is located on the traditional and unceded lands and waters of the Acjachemen and Tongva Tribal Nations. Land acknowledgments allow us to reconsider practices of power and privilege. They allow us to unveil histories that aren’t shared in contemporary educational systems while uplifting the experiences and visibility of Native peoples. We respectfully recognize our ...
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How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Ian: Relief and Recovery Resources

How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Ian: Relief and Recovery Resources Hurricane Ian is one of the strongest storms to make landfall on the west coast of Florida, leaving behind massive damage, displacement, and widespread power outages in its wake. Several organizations are on the ground to assist Floridians as they begin to recover. Here’s how you can support Hurricane Ian victims. All Hands and Hearts is in Florida responding to Hurricane Ian’s devastating impacts. The team is ...
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How to Help Victims of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico

The devastation of Hurricane Fiona has caused an island-wide blackout, leaving millions of Puerto Rican residents without power, or running water. Local nonprofits and grassroots organizations are mobilizing as quickly as possible and calling for additional aid to help meet the urgent needs of the island. Here are some nonprofits you can support to help Puerto Ricans and others in the Caribbean recover and rebuild.  Community Foundation of Puerto Rico  The Puerto Rico Community Foundation ...
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Inside Philanthropy | Five Questions for Tammy Tumbling, COO of the Orange County Community Foundation

Five Questions for Tammy Tumbling, COO of the Orange County Community Foundation INSIDE PHILANTHROPY | September 08, 2022 Raised in Compton, California, Tammy Tumbling overcame adversity to find a place in philanthropy. At the age of 17, she became a teen mom and then tragically lost her own mother. She took legal guardianship of her three younger siblings and finished her undergraduate business degree at California State University-Dominguez Hills. She later went on to get ...
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Creating Your Legacy

Creating Your Legacy What Mark Do You Want to Make? How Do You Want to be Remembered?  Since 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) has supported the charitable dreams of those who want to make a lasting difference during their lifetimes and beyond. We are honored to work with donors to steward legacies of giving that will last for generations. Today, OCCF stewards over 100 Legacy Funds for donors who have entrusted us to ...
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Mended Heart

Orange County Community Foundation and Cal State Fullerton Partner for Successful Black Student Scholarship Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Alex Torres [email protected] (323) 412-1160 ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND CAL STATE FULLERTON PARTNER FOR SUCCESSFUL BLACK STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND CSUF Announces 16 recipients for the first year of the scholarship program. Orange County, Calif. (June 27, 2022) — The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) is proud to host the CSUF Black Student Scholarship Fund supporting self-identified Black or African American Students at Cal State University Fullerton. In its inaugural ...
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Support for Ukraine

Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Resources

Many of our partners and donors have asked for ways to help and support the people of Ukraine. The following is a list of organizations that are capable and well-positioned to deliver aid directly to those who need it most. Center for Disaster Philanthropy has been helping individuals, foundations and corporations increase the effectiveness of their philanthropic response to disasters and humanitarian crises since 2010. Razom for Ukraine was created to provide critical medical supplies ...
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