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ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. (March 8, 2022)— Orange County Grantmakers, the regional philanthropic serving organization for Orange County, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new, equity focused strategic plan. OCG commits to advancing equity through its various spheres of influence, envisioning an Orange County where philanthropists and nonprofits work together as partners to achieve equity for our most impacted communities.

 The new strategic plan will be shared with the community during an “open house,” March 9that the Delhi Center and asks community members to provide critical feedback on the strategic plan, and identify the leaders and organizations who should be part of the journey. The open format is the first step in an open, power-balanced space for philanthropy to develop action items in collaboration with front-line community partners.

The new, outward facing strategic plan sets an impressive agenda for philanthropy in Orange County to think deeply about how philanthropic commitments engage impacted communities, invites nonprofits to sit at the table, include BIPOC leaders in key decisions, address root causes of inequity and implement strategies informed by historical and ideological context. Key to the new OCG strategic plan are eight key equity goals that all future OCG programming, resources and funding will be built around including the goal of creating power sharing spaces with the nonprofit community and serving as a  hub for funders to connect to organizations doing equity work. Recent examples include the creation if issue tables co-led by nonprofit and funder partners around topics such as health equity and immigration as well as events on topics such as “Trust Based Philanthropy.”

 “OCG has, over the last five-years undergone significant growth, cultivating transformational relationships and expanding our leadership among OC philanthropists and nonprofits,” said Cathleen Otero, Sr. Vice President, Donor and Community Engagement, Orange County Community Foundation and OCG’s Chair. “We are thrilled to now turn our plan into action, intentionally starting by inviting our partners to be a part of developing the strategy to accomplish our goals.”

To register for the March 9th event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocg-equity-plan-launch-event-tickets-267836535287. Results of the open house will result in new opportunities for public facing trainings, pooled fund grants and inform the 2022 OCG Summit. If you are interested in becoming an OCG member, funders, philanthropists and grantmaking organizations must fund a minimum of $100,000 in Orange County, CA.   To join, please visit www.ocgrantmakers.org and email OCG Executive Director Taryn Palumbo at taryn.palumbo@ocgrantmakers.org.

About Orange County Grantmakers

The Orange County Grantmakers (OCG) is a funder collaborative committed to advancing social impact by supporting, strengthening, and building adaptive leadership across our nonprofit and philanthropic community. To learn more about Orange County Grantmakers, visit www.orangecountymakers.org, like them on Facebook or follow on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Taryn Palumbo

Executive Director

Orange County Grantmakers


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