OC Community Foundation helps raise nearly $400,000 to support OC Boys and Girls Clubs

On August 24, the Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) hosted Greatness Amplified – an online collaborative giving day to support 12 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Orange County, including the club Boys & Girls of Newport Beach, part of the Orange Central Coast Boys & Girls Clubs.

The OCCF announced that 458 donors have donated $396,342 to participating clubs to support their vital missions on behalf of Orange County youth.

According to the 27th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County, nearly half of the county’s students, or a total of 222,111 children, were eligible for the national free and reduced-price lunch program, which is considered as an indicator of children living in poverty. or poor working families. These are startling statistics considering the impact of socio-economic barriers on student academic achievement when nationwide, a group of researchers found that very poor schools were disproportionately affected by distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year.

With the academic progress of so many at-risk students, the efforts of experienced youth-serving organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs are more crucial than ever. Boys and Girls Clubs enable young people to excel in school and contribute positively to their communities through engaging programs focused on academics, health and leadership.

Clubs participating in the OCCF’s Greatness Amplified Giving Day will use contributions received to support initiatives that help students improve their academic, career and life skills, develop healthy relationships, and cultivate a commitment to learning and lifelong service.

Nonprofit participants of Greatness Amplified included Boys and Girls Clubs of Brea – Placentia – Yorba Linda, Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Boys and Girls Clubs of Orange Central Coast, Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton, Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress, Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, Boys and Girls Clubs of La Habra, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast, Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, and Boys and Girls Club of Tustin.

“We thank the Orange County community for supporting local Boys and Girls Clubs who are invaluable allies to our young people,” said Shelley Hoss, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Orange County. “OCCF is proud to host Greatness Amplified to ensure that every young person feels empowered to succeed and reach their full potential.”

Greatness Amplified is part of the OCCF’s iheartOC Collaborative Giving Days, an annual initiative that designates cause-specific giving days focused on critical community issues. The online giving model connects OC nonprofits with shared missions — from homelessness and workforce development to preserving ecosystems and supporting local veterans — to create momentum on a shared day and leveraging a combined outreach effort for collective success.

In 2021, the 10 Days garnered support from 8,485 donors and raised a record $4.5 million for 112 local nonprofits. Since launching in 2015, OCCF’s Collaborative Giving Days have raised nearly $18 million for nonprofits in Orange County.

For more information about the Community Foundation of Orange County Collaborative Giving Days, please visit www.oc-cf.org/givingdays.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector, and strives to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, the OCCF has awarded $900 million in grants and scholarships, ranking the organization the 3rd most active funder among all US community foundations.

For more information, visitwww.oc-cf.org.

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