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Outside appearances paint Orange County as a vibrant community filled with happy, active families and a robust economy. But what you don't see on the surface tells the tale for thousands of our neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed, homeless or in unstable housing, and...

If community health is sub-optimal, we are all impacted.  Whether we talk about the possibility of a major outbreak of a communicable disease (think measles, influenza or tuberculosis), or we talk about how the long-term implications of increasing chronic conditions such as diabetes will impact our...

by Dick Allen When Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian, toured America in the early days of our democracy, he observed that philanthropy was very different in the United States than in any other country. Our giving spirit was “uniquely American,” as we...

When launching a major initiative, it’s hard not to hold your breath until you see whether your vision will find its way to receptive hearts and minds.  We are thrilled to see this happening already with ConnectOC, thanks to a warm welcome by the media...

Community leadership. The phrase that sparked a vision that has led the Orange County Community Foundation to re-think everything about our role as a community foundation. Go big or go home, as they say. Community leadership has been the rallying cry of Emmett D. Carson, PhD,...