On September 1, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) hosted Protect & Preserve – a collaborative giving day to support Orange County’s open spaces and marine protected areas. During the 24-hour online effort, 450 donors contributed $144,502.
The Orange County community pledged to help protect local open spaces and marine protected areas by donating to seven local nonprofits. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are areas seaward of the high tide line that have been designated by law to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. MPAs cover 26% of U.S. waters, with approximately 12 miles of Orange County’s coastline designated as an MPA.
Participating organizations included Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Ocean Foundation, Newport Bay Conservancy, OC Habitats, Ocean Defenders Alliance, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and The Ecology Center.
“It’s gratifying to see members of the Orange County community choose to support local environmental nonprofits that will protect and conserve our coastline and unique ecosystems,” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation. “We are thrilled with the final results of this collaborative fundraising effort that will help ensure our natural resources flourish and are enjoyed by Orange County residents for generations to come.”
This event 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 6,476 donors and raised a record $3.2 million for 98 nonprofits. Since its start in 2015, OCCF’s Collaborative Giving Days have raised nearly $13 million for Orange County nonprofits.
For more information about Orange County Community Foundation Collaborative Giving Days, please visit oc-cf.org/givingdays.