Our Programs

OCG provides a number of learning and networking opportunities for funder members, nonprofits and community leaders throughout the year.

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All Member Forums to learn about general issues in philanthropy

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Issue Tables for deeper conversations around health equity, immigration, food security, early childhood, corporate philanthropy and more

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Networking Events to provide a feeling of community and strengthen the network of funders and nonprofits in OC

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Learning Groups, encouraging members to find commonality and alignment with each other

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Community events, like "Meet the Funder", "Beyond Equity," "Leader to Leader" and our Annual Summit!

Why Us, Why You, Why Now?

Membership with OCG supports the overall philanthropic ecosystem of Orange County. As a member of OCG, you are immediately "connected in" with the philanthropic community, recognized as a funder invested in equity in Orange County.
Additionally, members receive:

Access to over 70+ events and programs per year, providing ample opportunity to improve in your field of practice

Visibility to the larger community, via OCG's network of both funders and nonprofits

Opportunity for collaboration. Members have access to our member-only directory, and can easily learn what others are focused on, get support, and strategize together

Orange County Grantmakers (OCG) envisions an Orange County where philanthropists and nonprofits work together as partners to achieve equity for our most impacted communities.

Orange County Grantmakers advances equity by creating strategic alignment and cultivating transformational relationships and leadership among OC philanthropists and nonprofits.

Together, We:

CONNECT &
COLLABORATE

We believe that together, we can leverage and align our philanthropic dollars to have a greater impact on our community

EDUCATE &
LEAD

As a community, we provide a space for funders to learn about the issues impacting Orange County and take action together

ADVOCATE &
VISION

Our members don't just make grants, we uplift and elevate the people, organizations and causes our members support

For Nonprofits and
The Community At-Large

Program
Value
Audience
Benefit
Frequency
Cost
Nonprofit Happy Hours
CONNECT
To provide a space for community leaders to connect with one another in an informal and fun setting
To provide a space for community leaders to connect with one another in an informal and fun setting
4x YEAR
$15 PER PERSON/FREE FOR OCG MEMBERS
Meet the Funder Learning Series
CONNECT EDUCATE
NONPROFIT LEADERS
To build bridges between the funder and nonprofit community, increasing transparency into funding strategy.
4x YEAR EACH
$15 PER PERSON/FREE FOR OCG MEMBERS
Beyond Equity Learning Series
CONNECT EDUCATE ADVOCATE
ENTIRE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY
To inform the general public about root causes of historic inequity in Orange County and inspire action.
MONTHLY
$15 PER PERSON/FREE FOR OCG MEMBERS
Leader to Leader
CONNECT
BIPOC SERVING OR LED NONPOROFIT LEADERS
Create an environment for BIPOC leaders to be empowered to excel as change-makers.
3-4x PER YEAR
$15 PER PERSON
Annual Summit
CONNECT EDUCATE ADVOCATE
ENTIRE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY
To convene the entirety of the nonprofit, philanthropic and general community to inspire, discuss, and spur collective action.
1x PER YEAR
$75 PER PERSON/FREE FOR OCG MEMBERS

For Funders

Program
Value
Audience
Member Benefit
Frequency
Cost
Member Forums
CONNECT EDUCATE
MEMBERS ONLY
Network with fellow funders while learning about general issues important to philanthropy
4x YEAR
INCLUDED IN DUES
Issue Tables
CONNECT EDUCATE ADVOCATE
ALL FUNDERS
Deep dive conversations on:
  • Health Equity
  • Immigration
  • Food Security
  • Early Childhood
  • Corporate Philanthropy
4x YEAR EACH
INCLUDED IN DUES
Networking Events
CONNECT
MEMBERS ONLY
Strengthen the Community of Funders in Orange County
2-3x PER YEAR
INCLUDED IN DUES
Community Foundation Learning Group
CONNECT
FUNDERS ASSOCIATED WITH COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS
Strengthen the network of community foundations in Orange County
1-2x PER YEAR
INCLUDED IN DUES

Annual Summit

Four times per year the full OCG membership comes together to learn and share around a variety of topics. These lunch-time meetings are an opportunity for funders to connect with one another, share best practices, and learn about issues impacting the Orange County community

Community Programming

Orange County Grantmakers supports education and learning opportunities for the funding and nonprofit community alike. Throughout the year we host events focused on specific topics or current issues.

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Membership Development & Education

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Quarterly Member Forums

Four times a year OCG convenes all of its members to network, share best practices, and discuss pressing issues of the Orange County philanthropic community. These meetings provide the opportunity for funders to engage with their peer network and discuss strategies for impact change.

Past meetings have covered topics such as Immigration, Homeless Collaboratives, An Equity Profile of Orange County, and Prop 47 and the impact on the Re-Entry Population.

Social & Community Events

Throughout the year, OCG members come together to catch-up and relax in an informal setting. This is a perfect chance to reconnect with other members and share information on current projects.

We also partner with other collaboratives and organizations in Southern California to host a variety of events for the nonprofit community. These events are open to the full nonprofit community and present a chance for networking.

The OCg Annual Summit

Once a year, Orange County Grantmakers hosts a one-day summit for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. This event brings together the entire nonprofit community, funders and nonprofit leadership alike, for a full day of learning, collaboration and networking.

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

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.