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 Volume 15, Issue 8  |  January 27, 2023

Coalition of funders launches OC Community Resilience Fund

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, and Charitable Ventures, along with regional funding partners, have launched the OC Community Resilience Fund to collectively tackle the immediate impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable communities. The Fund, which aims to raise $2 million by March 31, will award grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to community providers that support our county’s most vulnerable populations, including veterans, low-income seniors, households under the poverty line, immigrants and refugees, children of all ages and their families, and individuals who are homeless, disabled, or underinsured.

“Countless nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges in caring for extremely vulnerable residents whose well-being and basic needs are most affected by COVID-19,” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO, OCCF. “We are proud to partner with our fellow regional funders to facilitate this targeted and strategic vehicle for philanthropic collaboration. When we work together, leverage our efforts, and stay flexible in an ever-changing environment, we can help keep our community strong.”

The OC Community Resilience Fund will provide three types of grants to local nonprofits:

–Support community clinic operations to provide preventative and medical services for those affected by COVID-19, especially those caring for uninsured or underinsured patients to offset the costs of uncompensated care.

–Support emergency grants to individuals affected by COVID-19 due to quarantine (i.e. as a result of personal illness or to care for a family member), business closures and/or layoffs, and school or other community program closures and/or layoffs.

–Support community-based organizational operations for nonprofits serving vulnerable populations directly impacted by the medical or economic effects of the pandemic.

“The OC Community Resilience Fund represents a vital mobilization of Orange County’s most passionate funders intent on serving our most vulnerable neighbors,” Jason Lacsamana, senior program officer, St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund and chairperson of Orange County Grantmakers. “By extending this vital support to nonprofits at the frontlines of care during this pandemic, we will direct grants where they are most needed immediately, responding to the evolving changes we are seeing in this public health emergency.”

A review committee comprised of staff from OCCF, St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, and OC Grantmakers will review applications and make funding decisions. Charitable Ventures will administer the Fund, which will have rolling grant cycles and will work to respond to applicants on a monthly basis. All administration costs will be covered by St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund and Orange County Community Foundation.

To learn more and donate to this Fund, visit Questions on the grant opportunities can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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