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Webinar Recap: Beyond Equity Presentation

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Marking the Case for Trust Based Philanthropy - Part 2

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Webinar: Beyond Equity Presentation

Webinar: Beyond Equity Presentation

Webinar: Presentation on Beyond Equity ReportRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community.Read More »
Making the Case for Trust Based Philanthropy – Part 2

Making the Case for Trust Based Philanthropy – Part 2

Session Two: Making the Case for Trust-Based Organizational ChangeRead More »
Making the Case for Trust Based Philanthropy – Part 1

Making the Case for Trust Based Philanthropy – Part 1

Session One: Making the Case for Trust-Based Grantmaking PracticesRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community.Read More »
OCG Equity Plan Launch Event (Virtual)

OCG Equity Plan Launch Event (Virtual)

Please join OCG for an interactive celebration of the release of our new 5-year strategic plan!Read More »
OCG Equity Plan Launch Event

OCG Equity Plan Launch Event

Please join OCG for an interactive celebration of the release of our new 5-year strategic plan!Read More »
Funders Briefing: Supporting Afghan Resettlement in LA and Orange Counties

Funders Briefing: Supporting Afghan Resettlement in LA and Orange Counties

Funder’s Briefing: Supporting Afghan Resettlement in LA and Orange CountiesRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community.Read More »
AANHPI Funding in Action: A Conversation Between Funders and Nonprofits

AANHPI Funding in Action: A Conversation Between Funders and Nonprofits

#4 in our AANHPI Learning Series!Read More »
The OC API Taskforce and the Ecosystem of the AANHPI Nonprofit Sector

The OC API Taskforce and the Ecosystem of the AANHPI Nonprofit Sector

The OC API Taskforce and the Ecosystem of the AANHPI Nonprofit SectorRead More »
Who Are We: Understanding the AANHPI Community in Orange County

Who Are We: Understanding the AANHPI Community in Orange County

Who Are We: Understanding the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities in Orange CountyRead More »
Funder Briefing: Investing in Advocacy for Impact

Funder Briefing: Investing in Advocacy for Impact

Funder Briefing: Investing in Advocacy for Impact: A Framework for Successful Philanthropic Policy Change InitiativesRead More »
Funder Briefing: Orange County Vaccine Distribution & Equity Outreach Plan

Funder Briefing: Orange County Vaccine Distribution & Equity Outreach Plan

Funder Briefing: Orange County Vaccine Distribution & Equity Outreach PlanRead More »
Nonprofit Virtual Happy Hour

Nonprofit Virtual Happy Hour

You’re Invited… Nonprofit Virtual Happy Hour!Read More »
Supporting the Arts During COVID-19

Supporting the Arts During COVID-19

Please join OCG & Arts Orange County for a presentation about the ways arts and culture organizations are uniquely affected by COVID-19.Read More »
OCG/OneOC Virtual Nonprofit Happy Hour!

OCG/OneOC Virtual Nonprofit Happy Hour!

Join us for a virtual happy hour!Read More »
Nonprofit Resiliency: A Conversation around Recovery, Resources and Leaders

Nonprofit Resiliency: A Conversation around Recovery, Resources and Leaders

Pivoting Towards RecoveryRead More »
OC Community Resilience Fund Webinar

OC Community Resilience Fund Webinar

Please join OC Grantmakers for an update on the OC Community Resilience Fund.Read More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community. This is your chance to connect with one aRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community. This is your chance to connect with one aRead More »
Capacity Building Happy Hour

Capacity Building Happy Hour

Orange County Grantmakers is pleased to welcome nonprofit leaders to an informal happy hour to learn about various opportunities for capacitRead More »
Immigrant Integration 2019 Summit

Immigrant Integration 2019 Summit

Please join Orange County Grantmakers and the Orange County Opportunity Initiative for a half-day summit on immigration in Orange County. ToRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community. This is your chance to connect with one aRead More »
NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

NonProfit Happy Hour! Co-Hosted by OC Grantmakers and OneOC

OC Grantmakers and OneOC are pleased to host an evening of networking for the nonprofit community. This is your chance to connect with one aRead More »

“Nationally, 2015 was America’s most generous year ever totalling $373.25 billion” — GivingUSA

“Corporate foundations active in Orange County continued what’s now a 6-year trend of increasing overall cash contributions to OC Charities.” — OC Business Journal

“Orange County’s private foundations gave more locally and overall in their most recent fiscal years.” — OC Business Journal

How do we build a compassionate and inclusive America in an age of distrust? WAJAHAT ALI knows from personal experience that when we come together to be the superheroes of our own stories, we can create honest social change. The beloved TED speaker has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic about our urgent issues—immigration, politics, parenthood—with boldness, hope, and humor. His memoir Go Back to Where You Came From, one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, follows his life as a Muslim Pakistani-American on a surprising, emotional, and challenging quest for the good life. Iconic journalist Katie Couric says that “we are all so fortunate to be on the receiving end of his intellect, his humanity, and his heart.”

Wajahat Ali

“With wit and charm, Ali delivers a masterful meditation on growing up brown in America...he gives us a clear-eyed affirmation of the country America could be.” — Mara Gay, New York Times

Mara Gay, New York Times

Wajahat Ali uses his platform to fight tirelessly for the social change we need in our country—and he isn’t afraid to get personal while doing it. The Daily Beast columnist and former New York Times writer, TED speaker, award-winning playwright, and Peabody-nominated producer of the documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims offers us his experiences of triumph over hardship as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of life’s impossible situations. From his experiences of Islamophobia growing up as a Muslim Pakistani-American to his two-year-old daughter’s liver cancer diagnosis, Wajahat is living proof that when we share our authentic stories, we build the America we wish to live in.”

In his memoir Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American, Wajahat teaches us how to create our own superhero origin story, invest in hope for the future of America, and enact real social change. The book was called “biting and funny and full of heart” by NPR. Representative Ilhan Omar called Wajahat’s work “hilarious” and “deeply moving”, and legendary writer Dave Eggers said it was the book he’d “been hoping Wajahat Ali would write for ten years—hilarious, stylistically fearless, deeply humane.”

Wajahat is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim-Americans in a post-9/11 world. He was the lead researcher and author for the Center for American Progress’s seminal report “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” and served as a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America, where he told stories about communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media.

As Creative Director of Affinis Wajahat Labs, he worked to create social entrepreneurship initiatives to support and uplift marginalized communities. He also worked with the US State Department to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. Wajahat initiated chapters in eight countries, including Pakistan and Singapore. For his work, he was honored as a “Generation Change Leader” by Sec. of State Clinton and recognized as an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 

He has given keynote speeches around the world such as TED, The Aspen Ideas Festival, Google, the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival. His writing appears regularly in the New York TimesThe Atlantic, the Washington Post, and The Guardian. He’s a Senior Fellow at The Western States Center and Auburn Seminary and co-host of Al Jazeera’s The Stream.