OC Community Foundation announces $120,000 in grants from the African American Alliance Fund
African American communities in Orange County have benefited from a series of grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations by the African American Alliance Fund of the Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF). The fund supports organizations that demonstrate their investment in Black communities in and around Orange County.
Following June 16, 2022 – the Fund’s second anniversary – the OCCF is announcing a new round of grants totaling $120,000 to 15 organizations, bringing the total amount awarded since its inception to more than $340,000 in 46 grants to 31 organizations.
On June 19, 2020, OCCF Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tammy Tumbling established AAAF with a mission to raise awareness of systemic racism and support programs that advance African Americans in the region.
In response to the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the social injustice that African Americans continue to experience, the AAAF is the first in an enduring commitment to invest in the promise and potential of diverse communities at the OCCF .
“Watching the African American Alliance Fund grow year after year brings joy to my heart. I am proud that we have been able to support 31 outstanding organizations to date for their tireless commitment to advancing Black communities,” said Tumbling. “We look forward to continuing this annual grant to support these communities with resources and opportunities for their long-term success.”
Each year, the OCCF convenes a committee to review and select funding proposals based on priority areas of education, health, social services, economic opportunity, and civic engagement.
2022 recipients include: 100 Black Men of Orange County, Bridge Builders Foundation, Innovos Robotics, Learning Rights Law Center, National College Resources Foundation, Whittier College, Cayenne Wellness Center and Children’s Foundation, Arts and Learning Conservatory, Council of African American Parents, Forgiving For Living, Inc., Legacy Ladies, Inc. Parenting for Liberation, Nehemiah Project LA, Thomas House Family Shelter, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
“We thank the OCCF for establishing the African American Alliance Fund and for believing in the Gospel Voices of OC project,” said Debora Wondercheck, President and CEO of the Arts & Learning Conservatory. “The AAAF was the seed that gave birth to this amazing event!”
The Gospel Voices of OC, produced by Wondercheck, is a multigenerational artistic celebration of African Americans through the lens and influence of gospel music as a source of historical impact and resilience presented from June 19 to the present day.
Last year, on June 16, the OCCF awarded $132,500 to 15 organizations in celebration of the AAAF’s first anniversary. AAAF grantees have educated and supported Black communities in Orange County, connecting them to vital resources to help them thrive.
2022 grantees include organizations that have reapplyed for funding and new organizations that have met strict eligibility criteria. Grantees exemplified AAAF’s mission by investing in diverse, underrepresented communities.
In addition to making grants, the AAAF hosts community gatherings that connect 30 OC and LA-based organizations focused on racial equity and education. AAAF hopes to serve as a convener in the county, building on relationships with grantees to create a coalition of Black-led, Black-serving organizations.
For more information on previous and current recipients of the African American Alliance Fund, please visit https://www.oc-cf.org/african-american-alliance-fund-grantees/.
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector, and strives to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, the OCCF has awarded more than $870 million in grants and scholarships, ranking the organization the third most active funder of all US community foundations.
For more information, visitwww.oc-cf.org.