On July 28, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) hosted ImpACT Anaheim– a collaborative Giving Day to support underserved youth and teens in Anaheim. During the 24-hour online effort, 540 donors helped raise $234,021 for organizations offering a range of programs in STEM education, arts, recreation, leadership development, and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of millions of Americans and has added more significant challenges to youth than ever before. Per a 2019 U.S. Census report, Orange County boasts more than 689,000 youth aged 17 and younger. Of that number, 84,000 live in Anaheim, equating to 24% of the City’s population. Like many across the United States, Anaheim youth and teens found themselves dissociated from school and isolated from friends and older family members during the peak of the virus.
The $234,021 raised during ImpACT Anaheim allow the 10 nonprofits to provide a range of supportive and necessary programs to youth. The Giving Day participants included Anaheim Ballet, Anaheim Community Foundation, Anaheim Family YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Chance Theater, Girls Inc. of Orange County, Higher Ground Youth & Family Services, Love Anaheim, Pure Game, and Voice of Refugees.
“We are thrilled with the results of the ImpACT Anaheim Giving Day and thank the organizations and contributors who supported Anaheim youth,” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation. “These rising stars are now better equipped to access the essential programs they deserve and have lacked since the onset of the pandemic thanks to the generosity of our local Orange County philanthropic community.”
ImpACT Anaheim is part of OCCF’s iheartOC Collaborative Giving Days, an annual initiative that designates cause-specific giving days focused on critical community issues. The online giving model matches OC nonprofits with shared missions – from homelessness and workforce development to preserving ecosystems and supporting local veterans – to create momentum on one shared day and leverage a combined outreach effort for collective success. In 2020, the 10 days secured support from nearly 6,500 donors and raised a record $3.2 million for 98 nonprofits. Since its start in 2015, OCCF’s Collaborative Giving Days have raised more than $13 million for Orange County nonprofits.
To give online during the 24-hour Giving Day, please visit https://impact-anaheim-giving-day.ocnonprofitcentral.org/. For more information about Orange County Community Foundation Collaborative Giving Days, please visit oc-cf.org/givingdays.
About Orange County Community Foundation
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded nearly $780 million in grants and scholarships, placing the organization in the top two percent in grantmaking among U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit oc-cf.org or call 949-553-4202. Be a part of our conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. View OCCF’s 2020 annual report here.