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The Illumination Foundation held its sixth annual OC Chef’s Table at the Disneyland Resort on March 3, raising more than $1.1 million dollars to help break the cycle of homelessness. The funds will help secure recuperative care, emergency housing and permanent housing for homeless families, children and individuals.


Gary and Julie Crisp, founders of digital printing company Crisp Imaging, hosted five busloads of active duty Marines from Camp Pendleton at the 10th Crisp Family Super Bowl Event on Feb. 3 at the American Legion Post 291 on Balboa Peninsula overlooking the Newport Beach harbor.


The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation donated more than $21.4 million to 28 nonprofits in 2018, including Doctors Without Borders and CHOC Children’s.


Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and individuals were honored at the 32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon attended by 920 guests on Nov. 16 at City National Grove of Anaheim.


More than 600 philanthropists and business and community leaders assembled at the Orange County Community Foundation’s annual meeting on Nov. 14 at Hotel Irvine, featuring keynote speaker Mike Mussallem, chairman and chief executive of Edwards Lifesciences Corp.


More than 300 guests gathered on Sept. 22 at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach to say, “Bon Voyage!” to domestic violence at the 24th annual Laura’s House gala, which was themed “Ports of Call” this year.


Tilly’s Life Center held its fourth annual I Am Giving Gala at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. The event benefitted the center’s social and emotional learning program.


City National Bank was the Corporate Legacy Harvest sponsor of the Harvesters 26th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on Oct. 3.

CHOC Children’s Finds Partners in Pediatric Mental Health Fight

Segerstrom, PacLife, Others Take Lead On a Crisis ‘Not Talked About’

“If only he had told me he was in pain … if only she had told me she was struggling … if only I had known … if only.” The words are heart-rending.

PacLife’s Long Legacy of Community Commitment

Giving in Great Depression Became Part of Its Culture

Sometimes when you’re at the beginning of starting something—taking on a new project at work, for example, or building a brand from scratch—it can be hard to see the long-term impact it may have.

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Firm Demonstrates Its Values Through Action

KPMG Programs Seek To Boost Youth, Their Places

Poet Maya Angelou wrote that, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” What better way to show the world who you are than through action?

Good Citizens, Good Co. Make Great Community

Founding Father Set Giving-Back Philosophy

One of the commonalities among companies with a philanthropic perspective seems to be that they place employee well-being at the top of their priorities, particularly their purpose and fulfillment. Fluidmaster Inc. says it’s embraced that idea since its 1957 inception.

Law Firm Leverages Experience for Those in Need

Philanthropic Work Goes Beyond Just Pro-Bono

O’Melveny & Myers LLP might seem at first blush like a law firm a Netflix show could be centered on, with plotlines of interoffice dealings and palace intrigue. It’s in one of the best spots in Orange County—a Newport Beach tower next to the Fashion Island mall granting views of the ocean—and is filled with dynamic people whose energy is palpable the minute a visitor arrives.

Employee Purpose at PIMCO: Give, Act, Advocate

Efforts Help Many Causes Achieve Max Optimization

In 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast created pilot program College Bound to introduce club members to the idea of attending college. Many came from families whose idea of a college education was a dream rather than a given. They were smart, though, hard-working and capable. With the right support, including one-on-one case management, there might be no stopping them.

EY Employees Use Skills to Build Better World

Firm Treats Recipients Of Its Aid Like Clients

Helping solve the world’s complex challenges is at the heart of Ernst & Young LLP’s approach to corporate responsibility.


n Sept. 22, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice celebrated 15 years of advocacy at Priceless, the university’s sixth annual luncheon valuing justice, freedom and dignity.

BofA’s Outreach Based on Connection

Encourages Employees To Take the Lead on Projects

Bank of America’s Orange County community outreach efforts are so vast that it’s hard to encapsulate them in a concise way. You’ll find it simultaneously delivering financial education to military veterans while also committing billions to help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and making sure people with disabilities have access to advocacy, employment and support.

Ex-Google Staffer Helps Employees Find Purpose

Nonprofit Co-Founder Says That Also Helps Employers

Two people: comparable professional backgrounds, same job title, similar number of hours invested each week, two different companies.

Clearinghouse Operates Business of Doing Good

B Corp Lender Must Give Back to Maintain Its Cert.

In essay “In the ‘People Business’: A Call for Interdependence” Clearinghouse CDFI President and Chief Executive Doug Bystry wrote as his final point, “What we build in our minds is just as important as what we build with our hands.”


The Mission Preservation Foundation held its annual Romance of the Mission benefit gala on Sept.14 on the grounds of the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. More than 500 guests attended the event, which raised more than $600,000.


On Aug. 31, Wells Fargo presented Hope Builders with a $100,000 check at Angel Stadium. The donation enables Hope Builders to continue empowering disadvantaged youth with job skills and support that lead to enduring personal and professional success.

Business Leaders Help Foster Youths Realize Goals

Drawn by Their Stories Of Struggles and Dreams

It was 1999. Granite Investment Group Chief Executive Allen Boerner was one of about 30 guests, most of them donors, at a special graduation event. He attended somewhat reluctantly, his wife, Susan, having gently nudged him. It was the first Guardian Scholars graduation celebration, she said, and she really wanted to go.

United Way Homeless Campaign Draws Top Execs

‘It’s Our Brand. It’s Who We Want to Be as a Community’

Leaders of Orange County’s top corporate, philanthropic, government and faith-based organizations gathered in February to officially announce United to End Homelessness. The initiative boasts a coalition of nonprofit and private interests joining to create solutions for a pressing problem: growing homelessness in a county with some of the country’s wealthiest cities.

Vet Off-Broadway Exec Produces Success in Laguna

Richard Proposed Cash Infusion, Bigger Shows

The revitalization of a theater takes an investment of time, talent and treasure. Two years ago, Laguna Playhouse received an infusion of all three, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since.

Funding Model Sets Rare-Disease Nonprofit Apart

CureDuchenne Leverages Venture Capital Investments

Paul Miller, co-founder of the CureDuchenne nonprofit group and chief operating officer of Irvine-based Patman Meat Group, recalls the first time he met the woman who would become his wife and the mother of their son, Hawken.


The Audi Mission Viejo/Infiniti of Mission Viejo/Volvo Mission Viejo 2018 Golf Classic was held on June 7 at Pelican Hill Golf Club.


Free Wheelchair Mission celebrated its 15th Annual Miracle of Mobility on July 26 at Segerstrom Center of the Arts, raising $1.63 million to provide more than 20,000 wheelchairs to impoverished people around the world.


Sterling BMW, the Argyros Family Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Northern Trust Bank of California, Refrigeration Equipment Specialist Co. and Western Mutual Insurance were among the underwriters of the 2018 Hoag Summer Fest, formerly known as the Hoag Summer Classic.

Youthful Energy Positions Corient Atop Small-Cos. List

Wealth Manager, Itself Young, Builds Community

There’s a youthful energy at Corient Capital Partners LLC that has very little to do with the ages of the people who work there. Though very few of the people in the office appear to have hit the half-century mark, or even the big 4-0, the boundless zest for life they all seem to share is rooted in a company culture that they say emphasizes respect, connection and most of all, camaraderie.

Satisfying, Productive Culture More Than Lip Service

Real Estate Co. Says It’s Big on Valuing Employees

Sometimes it’s on the tip of your tongue. You know what you want to describe, but somehow the words elude you.


Whittier Trust Co. hosted a private reception and tour for clients and VIPs at the Hilbert Museum immediately following Chapman University’s Economic Forecast Update on June 21.

Bold Mission, Values Keep Firm Atop Ranking

Irvine Staffers Say They Look Forward to Work

They come because they believe in Hughes Marino Inc.’s mission, which is to serve and protect the interests of tenants and buyers in the commercial real estate industry.

Family-Like Atmosphere Elevates Finance Firm

Whittier Trust No. 2 On Medium Companies List

Lauren Peterson says she felt welcome at Costa Mesa-based Whittier Trust Co. from her first day at the investment and wealth management firm. Everyone she met greeted her with genuine warmth, interested in getting to know her, not just as new co-worker, but as a whole person. Later that day, she was treated to a get-to-know-you lunch with Executive Vice President Greg Custer and Senior Vice President Caleb Silsby. A few days later she received a birthday card from Chief Executive David Dahl.

Commitment to Values Guides Duke Realty to Nod

Irvine Office Leader Says Egos Have No Place There

The folks who work at Duke Realty gladly gave up a Friday before a long holiday weekend to drive out to a client 60 miles away, just to help set up the racking in a new building. They took a Saturday to travel as a team to the Inland Empire for a day rejuvenating the former home of the area’s most famous African-American resident, the late Dora Nelson, to help turn it into a museum. And the company partners with clients, such as online home furnishings seller Wayfair LLC, to deliver a holiday party for underprivileged children.

Diversity, Inclusion Make SendGrid Top Place to Work

Tech Company Fosters Collaborative Energy

SendGrid’s employee kitchen is huge. You can fit in everyone who works in the Irvine office and still have space for guests.

Illumination Foundation’s Homelessness Tack

NONPROFITS: Program partnerships; ‘discharge problem’

He wandered Orange County for almost a decade, 29 but looking much older from harsh street living.

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The Stairway to the Stars event, held on June 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, raised $755,000 toward The Campaign for Radiant Health Centers, bringing the capital campaign fund to $1.2 million.


A sold-out crowd gathered at the Ritz-Carlton on March 3 to enjoy the best of Napa Valley wineries and help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


The Allergan Foundation, Capital Group Cos., First Republic Bank, Haskell & White LLC, the Moulton Co., Nolet’s Spirits and U.S. Bank were among the corporate sponsors that, together with community philanthropists and supporters of the arts, raised $1.7 million for the Laguna Playhouse at its annual gala.


UCP of Orange County celebrated its annual Life Without Limits gala on May 5 with more than 300 community and business leaders and other supporters.

Agents Explore the Gender Divide in Real Estate

Five Longtime Female Realtors Share Insights

According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of Realtors in the U.S. are women—a marked contrast to representation of women in commercial real estate—not just brokerage, but all segments.


The 2018 Men of Character dinner was held on April 19 at the Irvine Marriott by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

A Lifetime of Devotion

Born Leader Discovered She was Born to Serve

When someone receives an award like Women of the Year, it’s typically a capstone on a career marked by success, drive and unique talents to stand out among accomplished contenders.

RE Firms Tackle Needs of Returning Servicepeople

Firms, OCCF Team To Raise $750K for Support

The ballroom was silent, with 650 pairs of eyes riveted on Jake Wood. The former Marine sniper shared his experience of protecting fellow Marines in a war zone. He also addressed the unique challenges military veterans face when they return home, including the potential psychological consequences of experiencing the traumas of war.


More than 2,500 volunteers from the Orange County community laced up their shoes in support of critically ill children and their families at this year’s Orange County Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids.

The Properties That Top Inland OC’s Priciest List

Horse Estates, Hilltops With Views to the Ocean

In coastal Orange County, the stunning mansions that dot the oceanview cliffs and line the sand regularly boast list prices upwards of $7 million, $10 million and more.


More Orange County students are staying in school and fewer families are struggling financially, but significant challenges in the community remain, according to Orange County United Way’s third annual FACE 2024 Scorecard Report.

OC Architectural Marvels Include Unique Homes

Glass Walls, Bridges Make Appearances

Retractable ceilings that take the concept of high ceilings to limitless heights.


More than 400 guests found themselves transported to 1940s New York on March 3, as they made their way down the red carpet for the Pacific Symphony’s 2018 Gala, On the Town, in celebration of the symphony’s April 21 Carnegie Hall debut.

Local Luxury Market Off to Robust Start This Year

Market Poised to Continue Last Year’s High Demand

As last year ended, Orange County’s luxury market enjoyed high demand, thanks to stock market gains and ever-increasing investor confidence.