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Orange County Veterans Initiative

Giving OC Heroes the Welcome Home They Deserve

The Orange County Community Foundation is committed to embracing service members and integrating them back into civilian life through its Orange County Veterans Initiative (OCVI).

About the Orange County Veterans Initiative

The Orange County Veterans Initiative (OCVI) began in 2011 and expanded in 2015 based on findings from The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study, a report commissioned by OCCF to bring much needed attention to the challenges facing Orange County veterans.

The initiative aligns donors, businesses and community leaders to focus on three critical areas of need identified in the report: transitioning to civilian life, employment readiness and job skills, and health with an emphasis on mental health needs.

To date, OCVI has granted over $3 million to nonprofits reaching more than 17,000 veterans and their families.

The initiative aims to improve critical and fundamental services so that veterans:

  • Develop trusting relationships with community providers
  • Are connecting early and proactively to services they and their families need
  • Obtain employment in career-oriented opportunities and positions

The funding allows high-performing nonprofit veteran service organizations to build their capacity to serve a broader audience.

2017-2018 OCVI Sponsors

  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Beall Family Foundation
  • Charles D. Cencibaugh Foundation
  • Edith M. Key Fund
  • Elliott Family Foundation
  • Greenberg Family Charitable Fund
  • Horowitz Family Fund
  • Michael B. O’Donoghue Foundation Fund
  • Michael D. and Barbara L. Landreth Fund
  • Michel-Rhyne Family Foundation Fund
  • Nancy A. Kemp
  • Orange County Real Estate Luncheon
  • Podlich Family Fund
  • Richard Verry
  • Stewart Navarre
  • Tom Callister
  • Whitecross Foundation
  • William Gillespe Foundation
  • Wohl Family Fund

Orange County Real Estate Luncheon

In 2019, the fourth annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon raised over $700,000 to benefit the health, education and employment of Orange County’s 130,000 plus veterans. Proceeds were distributed to qualifying Orange County nonprofits in partnership with OCCF’s OC Veterans Initiative.