OCCF announced that 873 donors contributed $513,566 to participating nonprofits in support of their vital missions to offset the inequitable effects of the pandemic.
A recently released study by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that over the past two school years, nine-year-old students lost significant ground in math, and reading scores fell by the largest margin in more than 30 years.
Additional research showed that the effect of school closures on Black and Hispanic students was consistent with the 27th Annual Conditions of Children in Orange County (showing Hispanic third graders had the lowest rates of meeting or exceeding math standards while Black students had the third-lowest rates).
These results reveal the pandemic’s devastating impact on K-12 students, hitting students of color and those already most vulnerable especially hard.
Participating organizations in OCCF’s Igniting Potential Giving Day will utilize their funds to ensure all youth have equitable access to resources that elevate their academic and emotional success.
Giving Day participants included Newport Beach-based The Literacy Project as well as Assistance League of Irvine, Child Creativity Lab, Common Ground, Dreams For Schools, Giving Children Hope, Helping Others Prepare for Eternity, Hispanic Educations Endowment Fund, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, Kidworks Community Development Corporation, Lions Hearts Teen Volunteers and Leaders, MOMS Orange County, Parentis Foundation | ONE KIND WORD, Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County, Scholar’s Hope Foundation, The Prentice School, The Youth Center, and Unidos South OC.
“We thank the Orange County community for rising to the occasion amid new data confirming the enormous impact of the pandemic on our most vulnerable students,” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation. “This important effort will ignite the promise and potential of all of our county’s youth, and we are proud to support these local nonprofits during this pivotal time.”
Igniting Potential 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 2021, the 10 days secured support from 8,485 donors and raised a record $4.5 million for 112 local nonprofits. Since its start in 2015, OCCF’s Collaborative Giving Days have raised more than $18 million for Orange County nonprofits.
For more information about Orange County Community Foundation, visit www.oc-cf.org.