Q. What is Orange County Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund?

The purpose of OCCF’s Social Innovation Fund is to support nonprofit innovations that advance social and economic wellbeing in Orange County.  

OCCF established this program in 2019 in partnership with Orange County philanthropists and entrepreneurs willing to support the best new ideas and cutting-edge solutions. Now in its second year, this program is open to all nonprofits serving Orange County who have a program that is in alignment with the purpose of this fund.

To qualify an organization needed to present a program which meets one of the following criteria:

  • They are ready to start a new program implementing an innovative idea to solve an existing problem.
  • They will bring an innovative program operating in another part of the state/country to Orange County.

The Social Innovation Fund review committee received more than 70 proposals and after careful review narrowed it down to the top six which are being featured during the Demo Day.

Q. What is the Social Innovation Fund Demo Day?

The Demo Day is modeled on the pitch sessions of the venture capital community where promising startups present their plans to potential investors. Our Social Innovation Fund offers venture-oriented philanthropists the opportunity to support innovative solutions to some of our community’s most urgent needs.

Six nonprofits will be presenting their innovative program, and participating philanthropists will be invited to support the programs that are in alignment with their interests. Support can be provided by credit card through this website, and donations can also be mailed directly to the Orange County Community Foundation.

Q. How long will the Orange County Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund be open for donations?

The Orange County Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund opens on September 25, 2020 and will be live through October 31, 2020.

At any time, you can view the Social Innovation Campaign Site for live updates on funds raised for each project as well as the entire fund.

Q. Which organizations can participate?

The six projects that are seeking funding are all run by organizations that are verified 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered in Orange County or will provide services in Orange County through their funded project. These are the six projects seeking funding for their innovative projects.

You can also make a general donation to the Social Innovation Fund which will be split evenly between the six projects. Click Here to make a general donation to the fund.

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the Social Innovation Fund online portal will be distributed to the Orange County Community Foundation who will provide grants for funds raised to each of the six participating nonprofits. The gifts are tax-deductible & cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit, debit card, checks and thorough Orange County Community Foundation Donor Advised funds. Online donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.

Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner. OCCF uses the GiveGab platform for the Social Innovation Fund and for the many Giving Days we host throughout the year.

Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will distributed to the nonprofit at the end of the Social Innovation Campaign.

Q. How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

GiveGab retains a 2.5% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

Donations via a donor advised fund or checks will not incur any platform fees. The entire contribution will be passed on to the participating nonprofits.

Any donations processed outside of Orange County Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund donation period, through GiveGab.com, or subsequent recurring donations are subject to transaction fees outlined on the GiveGab.com pricing page: http://info.givegab.com/pricing.

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.

Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.

Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://occf-sif.ocnonprofitcentral.org on your mobile device.

Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for Orange County Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund?

You cannot pre-schedule an online donation to the Social Innovation Fund, but you may send a check to the Orange County Community Foundation or make a donation request from your donor advised fund before or after the Social Innovation Fund campaign timeframe and the project will receive the funds. Be sure to note the project you’d like to fund.