Issue Table

Environmental Funders

Issue Table

Health
Funders

Issue Table

Immigration Funders

Issue Table

Food Security Funders

Issue Table

Early Childhood Funders

Issue Table

Housing Funders

Community of Practice

Corporate Philanthropy

2024 Environmental Issue Table

The purpose of this new Issue Table is to bring funders together who are giving in the Environmental sector. We will serve as a hub for members to have deeper conversations on gaps in funding, knowledge sharing, new initiatives members are working on, and potential for alignment.

The Environmental Issue Table will also dedicate time to touring local nonprofit organizations, and learning from professionals in this space on important issues, updates and inequities that they may be facing in Orange County.

  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.
  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.
  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.
  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.

Time is TBD 

  • Q1: April 22, In-Person (Earth Day)
  • Q2: October 21, Zoom
  • Q1: Find a local nonprofit who is addressing Environmental Sustainability and tour to learn about their program.
  • Q2: Facilitated conversation on the future of this specific issue table for the new year. 
    • Move to 4x per year? 
    • More of a “community of practice” approach? Or looking to fund specific initiatives 
    • Who is funding in what?
  • Determine the future of this Issue Table and what members hope to accomplish while being apart of it. 
  • Determine what topics members are interested in exploring:
    • Costal Resilience
      • Health of the coast
      • Wetlands
      • Nonprofits doing work on the ocean
    • Policy & Advocacy work in the county 
      • Coordination between nonprofits
      • Green Vision Map
    • Solar Panel & Water Purification (policy lens)
    • Urban Farming 
      • Ecology Center
      • Environmental Nature Center/Pre-school

2024 Health Funders Issue Table

We are excited to introduce the 2024 Health Funders Issue Table, a dynamic platform designed to unite philanthropic leaders dedicated to making a positive impact in the healthcare sector. This collaborative space aims to foster meaningful discussions among funders, facilitating the exchange of insights, best practices, and innovative solutions. Our primary goal is to serve as a central hub where health funders can delve into in-depth conversations about critical issues such as funding gaps, knowledge sharing, ongoing initiatives, and potential opportunities for alignment.

By providing a collaborative environment, the Health Funders Issue Table aims to enhance collective efforts towards addressing health-related challenges in Orange County. In addition to these discussions, our Issue Table will actively engage in on-site visits to local nonprofit organizations, allowing members to gain firsthand insights into the impactful work being done in the healthcare sector. Through these visits, we aim to learn directly from professionals and organizations, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges, updates, and inequities they may be facing. Join us in this collaborative endeavor as we work together to enhance the effectiveness of health funding, contribute to positive changes, and promote a healthier and more equitable community.

  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.
  • To provide a space for funders to share how they are supporting move health equity forward in Orange County
  • To share what individual funders are doing in the space of advocacy as it aligns to County needs and individual goals 
  • To foster and strengthen the relationships among health funders
  • To inquire what funders what to know more about in this space

The Health Funders Partnership of Orange County was founded in 1999 by a group of 8 organizations to allow funders to leverage their resources around specific health issues in an effort to create systems change. Over the last 20 years, the Partnership has implemented successful health care programs, helped incubate new organizations, and brought together the health care community in order to find ways to advance health care for all in Orange County.

  1. Knowledge sharing: Provide space for members to come together to learn about current trends, and initiatives in the Environmental sector and find ways to align work with one another. Members will have the opportunity to connect with one another on the current work they are doing to address these issues in Orange County. 
  2. Highlight nonprofit organizations and initiatives: We will dedicate time within our meetings in the year to highlight the work of local nonprofit organizations by visiting their space and learning about their programs. This aspect will not only be highlighting the work and voices of local efforts, but will also serve as a learning opportunity for members in this sector.
  • To provide a space for funders to share how they are supporting move health equity forward in Orange County
  • To share what individual funders are doing in the space of advocacy as it aligns to County needs and individual goals 
  • To foster and strengthen the relationships among health funders
  • To inquire what funders what to know more about in this space
  • The Health Funders Issue table will provide a space for learning, networking and collaborative investment 
  • Throughout the year, members are invited to attend 4 learning sessions per year (some in-person and others virtual) that provide key insights into relevant and timely issues impacting health equity in Orange County 
  • Each of these learning sessions will also provide a space for member sharing, supporting alignment of the funders individual giving strategies 
  • Additionally, the Health Funders will commit to supporting the work of the Collective of Health Collectives. This is a year-long (and potentially longer) strategy 
  • 4x per year virtual meeting (mix of in-person and virtual)
  • Schedule:
    • Q1 – January 15th, In-person
    • Q2 – April 18th, Zoom
    • Q3 – July 25th, Zoom
    • Q4 – October 24th, In-person 
  • Open to all OCG members
  • Q1: Planning Session for 2024 
  • Q2: Presentation by CalOptima to address the question: How can funders fill the gaps? How are smaller nonprofits engaged? 
  • Q3: Presentation by County on their County Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
    • What are the County’s goals and strategies? 
    • What are the funders doing/supporting that aligns with the County’s priorities?
  •  Q4: Presentation on the Impacts of Prop. 1 on behavioral health and housing funding (assuming it passes in March)
  • Remaining questions: 
    • What are the top/needs and priorities from each of the 7 Pops? 
    • What is the sustainability plan?

2024 Immigration Issue Table

The Immigration Issue Table (formerly known as the Orange County Opportunity Initiative) is a collaborative space for funders and nonprofits working on issues of immigration in Orange County. This issue table provides a space for funders to have aligned conversations around need and giving strategies, while also providing a place for nonprofits and funders in this space to discuss the current landscape. 

Through this Issue Table, we aim to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits, promote effective solutions, and enhance the overall ecosystem of immigration serving nonprofits and funders in Orange County.

  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in immigration can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. We will also use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the immigration space across our communities. 
  2. Support Collaborative Work of the Nonprofits: The Immigration Funders Issue Table will serve as a space to foster and support collaboration of nonprofits in this space by providing an opportunity for regular dialogue and sharing of ideas and initiatives. 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Immigration Issue Table will support community initiatives such as the Liberty Fund, among others, that aligns with the interests and giving priorities of the funder partners.
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in immigration can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. We will also use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the immigration space across our communities. 
  2. Support Collaborative Work of the Nonprofits: The Immigration Funders Issue Table will serve as a space to foster and support collaboration of nonprofits in this space by providing an opportunity for regular dialogue and sharing of ideas and initiatives. 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Immigration Issue Table will support community initiatives such as the Liberty Fund, among others, that aligns with the interests and giving priorities of the funder partners.

Founded in 2015, 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. Do date, the initiative has granted $2.0 million to 35 nonprofit partners to provide outreach, education, and legal services.

OC Opportunity Initiative partners are working to build a coordinated infrastructure for immigrant-serving organizations that both enhances their direct service capacity and provides a platform for collective action on shared goals. This involves investing in strategic drivers of change: narrative change, systems change, infrastructure development, and cross-cultural and multi-racial work.

  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in immigration can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. We will also use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the immigration space across our communities. 
  2. Support Collaborative Work of the Nonprofits: The Immigration Funders Issue Table will serve as a space to foster and support collaboration of nonprofits in this space by providing an opportunity for regular dialogue and sharing of ideas and initiatives. 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Immigration Issue Table will support community initiatives such as the Liberty Fund, among others, that aligns with the interests and giving priorities of the funder partners.
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in immigration can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. We will also use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the immigration space across our communities. 
  2. Support Collaborative Work of the Nonprofits: The Immigration Funders Issue Table will serve as a space to foster and support collaboration of nonprofits in this space by providing an opportunity for regular dialogue and sharing of ideas and initiatives. 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Immigration Issue Table will support community initiatives such as the Liberty Fund, among others, that aligns with the interests and giving priorities of the funder partners.

All scheduled from 12:00-1:30 unless otherwise noted 

  • Q1: January 11th, In-Person

  • Q2: April 9th, In-Person 

  • Q3: July 11th, Zoom

  • Q4: November 12th, In-Person

  • Q1: Immigration Convening 
  • Q2: Conversation around a Get Out the Vote Campaign and our Immigrant Communities OR Invite CIELO to report on their findings of cottage industries in Orange County. How far along their reporting is is still TBD.
  • Q3: The Holistic Aspect of Immigration work – how does it tie in with housing, legal needs and workers rights
  • Q4: Immigrant vs. Refugee, diving into the narrative around labels

Additional → Tours: Anaheim Initiatives of OCCCO/OCCORD/Kennedy Commission and Ahri AND a Immigration 101 Workshop → What happens within the immigration system? 

2024 Food Security Issue Table

The Food Security Issue Table is a collaborative space for funders addressing food insecurity across our county. This provides a space for deep-dive conversations among funders to  identify gaps in funding and inequities, and explore ways of aligning resources to make a collective impact. Through this Issue Table, we also aim to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits, promote effective solutions, and enhance the overall ecosystem working towards a world with equitable access to nutritious food.

  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in food can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. Use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the food security space across our communities. 
  2. Support the OC Hunger Alliance: The OCG Food Security Issue Table will serve as a philanthropic hub for the OC Hunger Alliance. This issue table will support streamlined communication between the Alliance and Funders in regards to grant needs, future plans and county-wide coordination 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Food Security Issue Table will bring funders to nonprofit organizations taking new and unique approaches to the issues around food insecurity in Orange County to ensure funders are well versed in the most up-to-date strategies and methods for countering food insecurity
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in food can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. Use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the food security space across our communities. 
  2. Support the OC Hunger Alliance: The OCG Food Security Issue Table will serve as a philanthropic hub for the OC Hunger Alliance. This issue table will support streamlined communication between the Alliance and Funders in regards to grant needs, future plans and county-wide coordination 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Food Security Issue Table will bring funders to nonprofit organizations taking new and unique approaches to the issues around food insecurity in Orange County to ensure funders are well versed in the most up-to-date strategies and methods for countering food insecurity
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in food can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. Use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the food security space across our communities. 
  2. Support the OC Hunger Alliance: The OCG Food Security Issue Table will serve as a philanthropic hub for the OC Hunger Alliance. This issue table will support streamlined communication between the Alliance and Funders in regards to grant needs, future plans and county-wide coordination 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Food Security Issue Table will bring funders to nonprofit organizations taking new and unique approaches to the issues around food insecurity in Orange County to ensure funders are well versed in the most up-to-date strategies and methods for countering food insecurity
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide a space where funders investing in food can share who and how they are funding in Orange County to encourage alignment of dollars and reduce gaps. Use this space to learn of trends that are happening in the food security space across our communities. 
  2. Support the OC Hunger Alliance: The OCG Food Security Issue Table will serve as a philanthropic hub for the OC Hunger Alliance. This issue table will support streamlined communication between the Alliance and Funders in regards to grant needs, future plans and county-wide coordination 
  3. Highlight Community Initiatives: The Food Security Issue Table will bring funders to nonprofit organizations taking new and unique approaches to the issues around food insecurity in Orange County to ensure funders are well versed in the most up-to-date strategies and methods for countering food insecurity

Third Thursday, 9:30 – 11:00 

  • February 15, In-Person

  • May 16, Zoom

  • August 15, In-Person

  • November 19, Zoom ** Moved because of National Philanthropy Day

  • Q1: Tour South County Outreach
    Conversation/presentation with Katie Martin author of “Reinventing Food Banks”
    LaVal to speak on book, South County Outreach, and work with OC Hunger Alliance
    Leave time in discussion to go over one-sheet and potential interest in future sessions
  • Q2: Bring in Jack Toan to give an update and perspective on the OC Hunger Alliance outreach initiatives.
  • Q3:
  • Q4:
  • Food recovery 
      • Models, successes (Mike)
  • Impact pantry Model
    • Successes coming out of OC Hunger Alliance
  • Katie Martin, Reinventing Food Banks 
    • Read the book and come speak 
    • Via Zoom

+ South County Outreach Tour

  • Highlight for-profit tech organization
      • Project Food Box
      • Ecology Center (accepting ebt and calfresh)
      • Bento 
  • Choice Market Food Truck (anaheim)
  • Food Waste 
      • Mike can share 
      • Represent Abound, food waste 
  • Urban Food Waste 
      • Recovery kitchens 
      • Urban Agriculture 
  • Affordable Housing
      • Panties on site 
      • Early stages of conversation
  • Faith Based approach to the food pantry model 
  • National level -> Food and Housing Conversation
  • Medically tailored meals

2024 Early Childhood Issue Table

The purpose of the Early Childhood Issue Table is to bring together members who fund in the Early Childhood sector. This Issue Table will serve as a hub for members to have deeper conversations around gaps in equity and funding, new strategies and potential alignment.

Meetings and tours will also be used as a space to highlight nonprofits, initiatives, and current programs to funders who are interested in learning and funding in Early Childhood. 

  • Identify Key Challenges in Early Childhood Sector:
    • Identify, learn and understand the pressing challenges and gaps in early childhood across not only the county, but the nation and how it can be applied to Orange County 
  • Facilitate Relationship Building and Cross- Sector Collaboration
    • Provide a platform for members to connect, collaborate, and share insights on the topic of Early Childhood 
    • Build relationships and partnerships between funders and nonprofits working in the Early Childhood sector
  • Share Research and Data:
    • Serve as a resource to our members to receive up to date information in regards to Early Childhood
  • Identify Key Challenges in Early Childhood Sector:
    • Identify, learn and understand the pressing challenges and gaps in early childhood across not only the county, but the nation and how it can be applied to Orange County 
  • Facilitate Relationship Building and Cross- Sector Collaboration
    • Provide a platform for members to connect, collaborate, and share insights on the topic of Early Childhood 
    • Build relationships and partnerships between funders and nonprofits working in the Early Childhood sector
  • Share Research and Data:
    • Serve as a resource to our members to receive up to date information in regards to Early Childhood
  • Identify Key Challenges in Early Childhood Sector:
    • Identify, learn and understand the pressing challenges and gaps in early childhood across not only the county, but the nation and how it can be applied to Orange County 
  • Facilitate Relationship Building and Cross- Sector Collaboration
    • Provide a platform for members to connect, collaborate, and share insights on the topic of Early Childhood 
    • Build relationships and partnerships between funders and nonprofits working in the Early Childhood sector
  • Share Research and Data:
    • Serve as a resource to our members to receive up to date information in regards to Early Childhood
  • Identify Key Challenges in Early Childhood Sector:
    • Identify, learn and understand the pressing challenges and gaps in early childhood across not only the county, but the nation and how it can be applied to Orange County 
  • Facilitate Relationship Building and Cross- Sector Collaboration
    • Provide a platform for members to connect, collaborate, and share insights on the topic of Early Childhood 
    • Build relationships and partnerships between funders and nonprofits working in the Early Childhood sector
  • Share Research and Data:
    • Serve as a resource to our members to receive up to date information in regards to Early Childhood

First Tuesday, 9:30 – 10:30 Combination of Virtual and In-Person 

  • March 5, via Zoom

  • June 4, in-person tour

  • September 10, via Zoom

  • December 10, in-person tour

  • Q1: Provide an overview of the landscape around philanthropic investment in early childhood from funders across Southern CA. 
    • Bring together OC Funders with counterparts in San Diego and LA 
  • Q2: TOUR – Expert who can provide insight into the work in action 
  • Q3: ZOOM – Discussion 
  • Q4: TOUR – ??

What does this group want to have accomplished at the end of 2024?

  • Does the group stay as a place for discussion only? 
  • Is there a specific issue or nonprofit the issue table wants to champion? 
  • Are there specific nonprofits the group wants to tour and visit? 

2024 Housing Issue Table

The Housing Issue Table serves as a collaborative space for funders who are addressing challenges within the housing security industry. This Issue Table will foster in-depth conversations to learn of the housing space in Orange County, determine gaps of funding for potential alignment, and overall determine ways to build a more cohesive approach to housing in our community. Aside from being a space to learn about housing, this group will highlight the work and knowledge of nonprofit professionals in the housing sector and support local initiatives. 

  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide space and time for members to come together to learn from one another and professionals on key topics relating to the housing industry, what programs are available, and determine if there is any way of aligning with one another. 
  2. Identify Key Topics of Interest to Support: Due to there being a multitude of topics pertaining to housing, we will identify what members are currently funding in, explore different conversations of interest, and determine challenges that members have faced in their efforts to address housing insecurity. 
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Organizations and Initiatives: Tour and learn from nonprofits who are working to address housing insecurity across Orange County. We will learn of their program, the struggles faced with and resources still needed, and why their work is essential to our community.
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide space and time for members to come together to learn from one another and professionals on key topics relating to the housing industry, what programs are available, and determine if there is any way of aligning with one another. 
  2. Identify Key Topics of Interest to Support: Due to there being a multitude of topics pertaining to housing, we will identify what members are currently funding in, explore different conversations of interest, and determine challenges that members have faced in their efforts to address housing insecurity. 
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Organizations and Initiatives: Tour and learn from nonprofits who are working to address housing insecurity across Orange County. We will learn of their program, the struggles faced with and resources still needed, and why their work is essential to our community.
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide space and time for members to come together to learn from one another and professionals on key topics relating to the housing industry, what programs are available, and determine if there is any way of aligning with one another. 
  2. Identify Key Topics of Interest to Support: Due to there being a multitude of topics pertaining to housing, we will identify what members are currently funding in, explore different conversations of interest, and determine challenges that members have faced in their efforts to address housing insecurity. 
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Organizations and Initiatives: Tour and learn from nonprofits who are working to address housing insecurity across Orange County. We will learn of their program, the struggles faced with and resources still needed, and why their work is essential to our community.
  1. Knowledge Sharing: Provide space and time for members to come together to learn from one another and professionals on key topics relating to the housing industry, what programs are available, and determine if there is any way of aligning with one another. 
  2. Identify Key Topics of Interest to Support: Due to there being a multitude of topics pertaining to housing, we will identify what members are currently funding in, explore different conversations of interest, and determine challenges that members have faced in their efforts to address housing insecurity. 
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Organizations and Initiatives: Tour and learn from nonprofits who are working to address housing insecurity across Orange County. We will learn of their program, the struggles faced with and resources still needed, and why their work is essential to our community.

February 21, 2024, In-Person

  • Q1: Presentation by Cesar with the Kennedy Commision to go over the overall landscape of the housing industry in Orange County. 
      • Time to reflect on what group hopes to get out of this group. 
      • Brainstorm for future sessions 
        • UCI initiatives
  • Q2: 
  • Q3:
  • Q4:

 

2024 Corporate Philanthropy Community of Practice

In 2024, the Orange County Community Relations Council (OCCRC) is transitioning to a Corporate Philanthropy Community of Practice. This Community of Practice aims to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking among corporate philanthropy professionals in Orange County. Through these meetings (alternating between in-person and Zoom), there will be facilitated conversation on topics specific to Corporate Philanthropy, create space for building a sense of community through networking opportunities, and showcasing local nonprofits that fellow corporate funders are supporting.

  1. Exchange Knowledge: 
    • Facilitate conversations for members to share insights, challenges, and successes that they have faced in corporate philanthropy with one another. 
    • When applicable, host forums and webinars featuring expert speakers and thought leaders in the field not limited to only Orange County 
  2. Networking:
    • Create opportunities for networking and relationship-building among corporate philanthropy professionals in-person. 
    • Lightly facilitate conversation amongst the group, but truly a space to get to know one another outside of Zoom
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Initiatives and Programs:
    • Connect with fellow nonprofit organizations that members are supporting or interested in learning more about throughout Orange County
    • This serves as a space to learn what fellow corporate patterns are doing, their perspective in awarding a grantee, and highlighting the work that is being done in the community.
  1. Exchange Knowledge: 
    • Facilitate conversations for members to share insights, challenges, and successes that they have faced in corporate philanthropy with one another. 
    • When applicable, host forums and webinars featuring expert speakers and thought leaders in the field not limited to only Orange County 
  2. Networking:
    • Create opportunities for networking and relationship-building among corporate philanthropy professionals in-person. 
    • Lightly facilitate conversation amongst the group, but truly a space to get to know one another outside of Zoom
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Initiatives and Programs:
    • Connect with fellow nonprofit organizations that members are supporting or interested in learning more about throughout Orange County
    • This serves as a space to learn what fellow corporate patterns are doing, their perspective in awarding a grantee, and highlighting the work that is being done in the community.

OCCRC was established in 1979 and its members are corporate community relations professionals whose companies make contributions of cash and in-kind donations totaling at least $100,000 per year to Orange County charities. Members meet quarterly informally to exchange views and information on community relations, share ideas, best practices and employee/community engagement needs and opportunities.

  1. Exchange Knowledge: 
    • Facilitate conversations for members to share insights, challenges, and successes that they have faced in corporate philanthropy with one another. 
    • When applicable, host forums and webinars featuring expert speakers and thought leaders in the field not limited to only Orange County 
  2. Networking:
    • Create opportunities for networking and relationship-building among corporate philanthropy professionals in-person. 
    • Lightly facilitate conversation amongst the group, but truly a space to get to know one another outside of Zoom
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Initiatives and Programs:
    • Connect with fellow nonprofit organizations that members are supporting or interested in learning more about throughout Orange County
    • This serves as a space to learn what fellow corporate patterns are doing, their perspective in awarding a grantee, and highlighting the work that is being done in the community.
  1. Exchange Knowledge: 
    • Facilitate conversations for members to share insights, challenges, and successes that they have faced in corporate philanthropy with one another. 
    • When applicable, host forums and webinars featuring expert speakers and thought leaders in the field not limited to only Orange County 
  2. Networking:
    • Create opportunities for networking and relationship-building among corporate philanthropy professionals in-person. 
    • Lightly facilitate conversation amongst the group, but truly a space to get to know one another outside of Zoom
  3. Highlight Nonprofit Initiatives and Programs:
    • Connect with fellow nonprofit organizations that members are supporting or interested in learning more about throughout Orange County
    • This serves as a space to learn what fellow corporate patterns are doing, their perspective in awarding a grantee, and highlighting the work that is being done in the community.

Fourth Thursday, 12:00 – 1:30, Zoom and in-person

  • Q1 – March 21, In-person

  • Q2 – June 20, Zoom

  • Q3 – September 19, In-person

  • Q4 – December 12 **Moved to accommodate Christmas, Zoom

  • Q1: Tour nonprofit organization that funder is supporting in Orange County 
  • Q2: Urban Institute – DEI and Corporate Philanthropy 
  • Q3: Working lunch – Lightly facilitated conversation on specific topic related to Corporate Foundations 
  • Q4:TBD

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