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United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, the Orange County Community Foundation announced the launch of the Orange County Social Justice Fund.

Strength in Diversity

On Feb. 17, in concert with the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, the Orange County Community Foundation announced the launch of the Orange County Social Justice Fund.

The Orange County Social Justice Fund was established with a vision that all residents should have full access to economic, political and social rights and opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other characteristics.

Keith Swayne, CEO (ret.), Case Swayne Co./International Food Solutions and co-founder, Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation, seeded the Fund as a permanent endowment at the Orange County Community Foundation, with the goal of building the corpus to $10 million as an enduring source of support for the Orange County community.

An initial round of grants totaling $400,000 was awarded to 25 local nonprofits aligned with the Fund’s focus and priorities.

The inaugural grantees of the Fund include Arab American Civic Council; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast; CAIR LA – Council on American-Islamic Relations; Human Options Inc.; KidWorks Community Development Corporation; Latino Health Access; LGBT Center OC; Orange County Human Relations Council; OC Environmental Justice; Public Law Center; Taller San Jose Hope Builders; VietRISE; Young Adult Court (Orangewood Foundation); and 100 Black Men of Orange County.

“If we are going to be a strong thriving county, then we have to be a county that accepts everyone, and sees diversity as a strength, not a weakness and a challenge,” Swayne said. “My hope is that other funders will join us and help call attention to the social justice issues that need to be addressed in Orange County.”

Expanding Access to Art

More than 160 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 15 for the Hilbert Museum of California Art’s expansion, an event that kicked off a yearlong construction project that will triple the size of the existing museum.

Chapman University’s art museum will increase in size from 7,500 square feet to 22,000 square feet as the adjacent building (the university’s former Partridge Dance Center) becomes the north wing of the Hilbert.

An events courtyard, topped by an architectural element dubbed “the floating rectangle,” will join the two buildings, and the museum’s façade will feature a 40-foot-long mosaic composed of thousands of tiny pieces of Murano glass called “Pleasures Along the Beach,” which was designed by artist Millard Sheets in 1969.

The expansion will allow the museum to add more exhibition galleries, including more room for the Hilbert Collection’s inventory of paintings by noted California artists from the 1890s to today, expanded space for the animation and movie arts collection, an Indigenous American arts gallery, an American Design gallery and more.

In addition, the museum will add a café, research library, and a classroom/community room space.

The building’s expansion redesign was created by Johnston Marklee & Associates. A grand opening celebration for the public will be scheduled in early 2024. Until the grand opening, the Hilbert Museum is still open in a temporary space in downtown Orange and is currently showing the exhibition “All Aboard: The Romance of California’s Railroads,” featuring more than 40 paintings of trains, train stations and railroad-related imagery by many of California’s most noted artists.

Breakfast of Leaders

More than 50 leaders from Orange County and Inland Empire-based nonprofits attended the PNC-hosted nonprofit breakfast on Jan. 25, which was held at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa.

The event included a panel discussion that explored topics such as inflation, economic volatility and its impacts on nonprofits, increased need in Orange County, hiring and retention, fundraising and philanthropic giving trends and strategic planning for adverse scenarios. Boys & Girls Club Laguna Beach, Food Finders, South County Outreach, Pretend City and Mrs. B’s Table were among the nonprofits with executives at the event.

The panel discussion featured several of PNC’s top executives, including Jarrod Ingle, regional president, head of corporate banking, PNC; Carole Brown, chief executive, Asset Management Group, PNC; Alistar Jessiman, CEO, Institutional Asset Management, PNC; Raquel Bone, market managing director, Institutional Asset Management, PNC; and Kate Azar, senior nonprofit strategist, Institutional Asset Management, PNC.

Among the outcomes was a new partnership between Mrs. B’s Table and Food Finders, with Mrs. B’s Table becoming an official partner to help Food Finders fulfill its local mission of combatting food insecurity in Orange County and Inland Empire.

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