Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Mission of the Orange County Funders Roundtable?
The mission of the Orange County Funders Roundtable (OCFR) is to promote effective philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Orange County. This mission is achieved through informal networking, information sharing, and collaboration of member organizations.
Is the OCFR a grant making organization?
The OCFR is not, itself, a grant making organization. There is no OCFR grant application or funding cycle. OCFR members, however, occasionally do pool their funds in support of a regional initiative or project, such as the annual Summit for Nonprofit Leaders.
Is OCFR a legal entity?
The OCFR is a fiscally sponsored initiative of Charitable Ventures Orange County, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization which provides accounting and administration support to collaboratively funded OCFR projects.
How are the focus areas of the OCFR set?
The agenda of the OCFR, and its areas of focus, are set by the members themselves. Through discussion and debate, OCFR members identify current issues facing the community and challenges facing the nonprofit sector. If an issue requires either research or sustained discussion, a work group is formed to meet outside of regularly scheduled meetings to continue the momentum on the topic. Among past and current work groups, the following topics have been explored and/or implemented: Technical Assistance, Capacity Building, Homelessness, Leaders Summit, Job Development, Census, Loan Funds, and Financial Resources.
Do the focus areas ever change?
The OCFR is consistent in its focus on strengthening the sector through effective philanthropy. Work groups meet regularly when working on projects, but can go on hiatus throughout a given year.
How often are grants made?
As mentioned above, the OCFR does not have an open grant cycle, but may provide funding to individual nonprofits or regional initiatives in support of a critical community issue. Examples include funding for the County’s Winter Transitional Shelter Program and direct grants to several nonprofit organizations specifically to bolster capacity.
How can an organization approach the OCFR for a grant?
The OCFR does not offer a mechanism for receiving unsolicited proposals or requests. Funding is determined by the initiatives launched by members.
Can an organization present to the funders at one of their meetings?
Quarterly member meetings are dedicated to information sharing, topical presentations, and work group updates. Some nonprofits have been asked to present to the members to help educate regional grant makers on critical community issues. The presentation agenda is driven by the focus of the members, and is not an appropriate forum for organization-specific presentations.
Are the Member Forums open to the public?
No. Member forums are for members only.
Can I attend the next Summit for Nonprofit Leaders?
Each year the Summit for Nonprofit Leaders grows larger as the OCFR attempts to include more nonprofit professionals in the conference. If you do not believe that you are on the invitation list, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request that your name be added to the list, along with the name of your nonprofit organization and contact information. While we cannot accommodate every nonprofit leader in our county, we will continue to try and expand our offerings to include as many nonprofit executives as we can at the Summit and in smaller convening.
When is the next Summit for Nonprofit Leaders?
Summit 2017 will take place October 4-5, 2017.
I am a funder; how do I join the OCFR?
OCFR welcomes a wide variety of regional grant makers to its membership, with criteria including the following:
- Grant making must be primary purpose of prospective member
- Prospective member organization must fund either a minimum of $500,000 in Orange County in cash contributions or a minimum of $250,000 in Orange County AND have an annual giving total of $1,000,000
- Prospective member must be willing to engage in and potentially fund collaborative projects in the community that lead to solutions
- Attending members must be grantmakers or have the primary responsibility of contributions on behalf of their organization in Orange County