Generations of immigrants have shaped Orange County from our earliest beginnings to our present standing as an international hub of entrepreneurship and innovation. In fact, approximately 913,000 immigrants live in Orange County, making up nearly one-third of our county’s population.
Spearheaded by OCCF in 2016, the OC Opportunity Initiative is a collaborative dedicated to ensuring that Orange County embraces the promise and potential of our immigrant communities to create a stronger future for our region. To date, the initiative has granted $2.0 million to 23 nonprofit partners to provide outreach, education, and legal services. The OC Opportunity Initiative is helping immigrants realize their potential within our community by providing funding for nonprofits that provide legal services, outreach, and education in order to:
The ability for immigrants to successfully integrate into the economic and civic life of our community is essential to the prosperity of our county. By removing the greatest obstacles that immigrants face, we’re putting everyone closer to achieving the American Dream.
See the Orange County Immigration Profile for insight into the demographic, economic, and social make-up of Orange County’s immigrant populations. This report also includes the stories of immigrant youth, community leaders, and business owners, offering their personal stories to illuminate the data presented.
The OC Opportunity Initiative is now enhancing the regional capacity of immigrant-serving organizations by developing leadership and a shared governance model that builds on existing collaborative efforts to guide the vision and strategy for Orange County. OCCF is transitioning a funder-driven initiative to a shared governance model supported by an Administrative Director with the knowledge and expertise to build trust and collaborative capacity alongside an 11 member Executive Committee funders and nonprofit providers.
Members of the Executive Committee will be responsible for:
|Hairo Cortes, Executive Director||Chispa Education Fund||Small/Emerging Nonprofit|
|Jorge Alvarado, Director of Litigation, Training and Advocacy||Public Law Center||Legal Services|
|Jose Serrano, Associate Director Immigration and Outreach||World Relief Corp||Legal Services|
|Georgina Maldonado, Executive Director||Community Health Initiative of Orange County||Outreach and Education|
|Vattana Peong, Executive Director||The Cambodian Family||Outreach and Education|
|Carlos Perea, Director of Policy and Programs||Resilience Orange County||Advocacy and
|Peg Corley, Executive Director||LGBT Center Orange County||Advocacy and
|Jennifer L. Koh, Professor of Law and Director||Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic||Law School|
|Keith Swayne, Founder and Director||The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation||Funder|
|Katie S. Ellis, Executive Director||Opus Community Foundation||Funder|
|Jason Lacsamana, Senior Program Officer||St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund||Funder|
The OC Opportunity Initiative is spearheaded by a regional collaborative of grantmakers dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants in Orange County. The group originated as a coalition of funders with a range of grant-making priorities who initially wanted to be educated about, work together on, and ultimately improve outcomes for immigrants in Orange County. Members of the OC Opportunity Initiative believe that philanthropy can and should play a defining role in shaping a successful immigrant integration strategy in Orange County. The group is committing to helping to foster an even bolder, more cohesive and stronger future for our community.
Representing local private, corporate, and family foundations, and regional funders, the founding members of the collaborative include:
The OC Opportunity Initiative also includes several individual donors, including
In partnership with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, the OC Opportunity Initiative capitalized on a national matching fund opportunity made available by Open Society Foundations.
Following is a summary of grants awarded to provide legal services, outreach and education. To enhance grantee capacity, funding was also awarded to provide training and technical assistance, as well as evaluation support.
|Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA||$45,000|
|Building Skills Partnership||$5,000|
|Catholic Charities of Orange County||$45,000|
|Council on American-Islamic Relations – Los Angeles (CAIR-LA)||$45,000|
|Freedom for Immigrants (CIVIC)||$20,000|
|Korean Resource Center||$30,000|
|Legal Aid Society of Orange County||$30,000|
|Public Law Center||$45,000|
Outreach and Education
|Access California Services||$20,000|
|Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC)||$20,000|
|Friends of Orange County Detainees||$5,000|
|Latino Health Access||$20,000|
|LGBT Center OC||$30,000|
|Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)||$40,000|
|Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD)||$20,000|
|Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO)||$20,000|
|Orange County Rapid Response Network||$30,000|
|The Cambodian Family Community Center (TCF)||$20,000|