This is a clinic-based intervention that addresses the healthcare, social services, and legal needs of families. The Nicholas Endowment provided critical bridge funding to sustain the program at CHOC’s Clinica Para Niños in Central Santa Ana. This was one of only five sites in the nation piloting this evidence-based program supporting the development and safety of infants and stabilizing vulnerable families.
Early Mental Health Program
The Nicholas Endowment was at the forefront of a new effort to improve the mental health of young children in Orange County. Consistent with CHOC’s Mental Health Initiative, the Early Childhood Mental Health Program (now called Start Well) is a collaborative effort with community partners to help childcare and pre-school providers effectively address challenging behaviors and recognize potential mental health issues as early as possible.
Palliative Care Program
This is often incorrectly associated with the end of life. Instead, palliative care provides longer-term support for any patient whose condition may be life-limiting, even as curative treatment continues. The Nicholas Endowment funded program development, training, and materials to establish this important service at CHOC that is now supporting patients and families by reducing symptoms, addressing needs, and improving quality of life.
Child Protection Program
The Nicholas Endowment is a critical partner in expanding CHOC’s prevention and intervention efforts to keep children safe and assist as-risk families. In addition to staffing, the Endowment has supported an outpatient follow-up clinic and annual education programs for community partners, including pediatricians, school personnel, law enforcement officers, and social service providers.
The Orange County Community Foundation partners with generous individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to fulfill their philanthropic and financial objectives while supporting the causes they care about most. Together we have awarded more than $732 million in grants and scholarships in Orange County, across the country, and around the world.
OCCF’s mission is to inspire a passion for lifelong philanthropy, faithfully steward our donors’ intentions, and catalyze sustainable community impact.
College, career, mentoring, prevention and other services for older youth (ages 13-18) in Anaheim.
OC Veterans Initiative
Assessment, referral, transition support, and career advancement for veterans and their families returning to OC. The Nicholas Endowment in particular supported “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study.”
OC Opportunity Initiative
Outreach, education and legal services for eligible residents to apply for immigration relief and citizenship.
School of Theater Film & Television Summer Institute
Scholarships were provided for disadvantaged high school students to study filmmaking and theater.
School of Nursing Skills Simulation Lab
Funded the purchase of two full-size robotic models designed to simulate childbirth.
Social Enterprise Academy
Program links student teams with nonprofits to develop mission-related entrepreneurial enterprise.
Veterans Legal Clinic
Providing pro bono legal and social services to veterans.
Recruited and trained volunteers in disadvantaged K-3 grade classrooms where they work with students to improve their academic and social skills.
The Ocean Institute
The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 100,000 children, teachers, parents, and visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs.
The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a historic tall ship, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.
Program brings campus-based discoveries together with Orange County’s vibrant business community to support job creation and economic growth.
Achieve Learn Mentor Asire Science Academy (ALMA)
ALMA is a multi-leveled approach to improving the Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) pipeline for youth from groups who are underrepresented in science education and in science careers.
OC Veterans & Military Families Collaborative
The Collaborative serves as a bridge connecting the mission of the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative is to serve as a bridge connecting veterans, active duty and reserve service members, and military family members to quality benefits, services, and opportunities within the community of Orange County, California.
Eye Mobile for Children
This mobile unit visits schools in disadvantaged areas and provides free vision care services.