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When Disaster Strikes, Community Foundations Help the Helpers

By August 2, 2022August 16th, 2022No Comments

Orange County Business Journal

by Shelley Hoss

The onset of the war in Ukraine spurred a worldwide outpouring of compassion for the millions of children and families uprooted by the violence.

That outpouring included Orange County residents.

Ed Carpenter founder of a well-known Irvine company that helps source capital for and builds banks, has long been involved in the International Medical Corps (IMC), where he is associate chairman. He’s proud that IMC got a noteworthy shoutout in the New York Times as being one of four organizations that are “especially worthy” of donations for their work in Ukraine.

“To meet the needs of Ukrainians displaced by the conflict, the organization plans to increase its presence in the country, focusing in particular on mental healthcare and access to food and water,” the Times wrote in March.

When the war broke out, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) researched nonprofits that were serving most effectively on the ground in Ukraine. We identified organizations with long-term relationships and expertise in the affected areas, and that were meeting critical gaps in service related to the crisis.