#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season of giving. 

This year,  OC Funders members celebrated #GivingTuesday by sharing what philanthropy means to them, and why they give. 

Cox California: #GivingTuesday Philanthropy is more than a buzzword it’s a mission & an opportunity to use our time, talent & technology in ways that strengthen cities, businesses & future generations. #OCFRGives #TeamCox
OCFR Vice Chair Sarah Middleton: "I give because I’m head over heels for #socialimpact and #socialinnovation. That and because we’re surrounded by some absolutely incredible and game-changing #nonprofits." #GivingTuesday
OCFR member Shari Battle: "We have 2 hands,~one to help yourself~one to help others. @BankofAmerica improving communities =responsive growth #GivingTuesday "
Edwards Lifesciences: As part of Orange County Funders Roundtable, we're proud to give to give back to our communities, including our support of the children and families of Washington Elementary School. #GivingTuesday #OCFRgives
Sisters of St. Joseph: "Nonprofits in Orange County, across California, in the United States and around the world foster unity that is not uniformity and diversity that is not divisive. The Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation believes in one human family whatever our differences may be. We encourage you to participate in #GivingTuesday, contributing to the nonprofit(s) that embrace and support our oneness. Together we foster unity."

Why We Give: Cox Communications

With one week to #GivingTuesday, OCFR member Cox Communications shares why they give: 

For Cox, philanthropy is more than a buzzword – it’s a mission and an opportunity to use our time, talent and technology in ways that strengthen cities, businesses and future generations. Our passions for the communities that we live in guide our diligence in supporting the locally pressing needs. We love the position we hold as a contributing member of the community – our business, our employees and our customers; the place we all call home. This membership, along with our concerned interest, compels us to provide support with monetary, media and premium gift contributions. We strive to develop and support initiatives that utilize our products to enhance education through innovation and technology, bridge the digital divide, and encourage environmental responsibility.
- Jodi Duva, Vice President, Cox Business

OC Forum: Ending Homelessness - Proven Strategies from Other Communities

The OC Funders Roundtable attended the OC Forum Wednesday, November 15 to take part in the initial dialogue around ending homelessness in Orange County. Hosted by OCFR member Orange County United Way, the forum featured a conversation between Keith Morrison, NBC Dateline correspondent, and Andrae Bailey, CEO of Lead Homelessness Initiative. 

Recently, Orange County United Way, in partnership with Jamboree Housing and the University of California, Irvine, developed a Real Cost Study on Homelessness in Orange County. This report, which can be viewed here, found that among other things, it costs twice as much to care for someone on the streets vs. housing them. Costs are highest in Orange County's health care service sector. 

Andrae Bailey encouraged the business, philanthropic, faith-based and government community to come together to combat homelessness, starting with humanizing the homeless and learning their stories. People need help rebuilding their lives and those with underlying challenges such as job loss, family trauma and health and substance abuse often are not able to do it on their own. Every community across America struggles with homelessness, and those that have figured out how to address the challenge have all done it by utilizing data, facts and caring for the people most impacted. 

The OC Funders Roundtable is pleased to partner around this important issue and looks forward to continuing dialogue and discussion.

The OC Funders Roundtable is a community of philanthropists committed to improving outcomes for Orange County and beyond. Our mission is to advance social impact by supporting, strengthening, and building adaptive leadership across our nonprofit and philanthropic community. 

Why We Give

I wouldn’t be the first to say that the events of this year have tested humanity. We are seeing alarming levels of racism and intolerance; we are watching the expanding plight of refugees from war-torn countries; we are witness to terrorism, an ever-increasing climate crisis, and a widening disparity between rich and poor. But I would say we are hopeful. At PIMCO, we firmly believe in the transformative effects of volunteering and philanthropy. We know we can use our skills, expertise, talents and resources to make a dent in the world’s biggest social issues. And so that is why we give. We give to make the hurts of the world hurt less, and to support innovative and awe-inspiring nonprofits right here in Orange County – and around the globe – creating real and sustainable change.

---Sarah Middleton, Executive Director, The PIMCO Foundation