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Project DULCE

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.

Orange county community foundation

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.

ACT Anaheim

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.

OCCF Press Release

Spectrum News Story on Workforce grantee Hope Builders

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.

Generation Xchange

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.

Marine Mammal Cruises

Trained marine biologists take students to sea learn about whales, dolphins, sea-lions and other ocean creatures.

Girls in Ocean Science
Teen Conference

A day long conference connecting successful female scientists and leaders with the next generation of ocean ambassadors.

Adopt A Class Program

Providing free marine science programs for underserved students in low income areas.

Research Partnership with CSULB Shark Lab

Using cutting edge technology to study white sharks and to educate the public.

Marine Science Aboard the R/V Sea Explorer

Beall Applied Innovation Student Startup Fund

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 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.

Stepping Back in Time

Visiting students engage with history and gain a comprehensive understanding of the Mission’s role in shaping California today.

Journeys into the Past

Native American descendent Jacque Tahkua Nunez takes students on a journey into the lifestyle and contributions of the indigenous people of California.

Adopt A Class “Thank You”

Students from low-income backgrounds are able to participate in the many educational programs free of charge.

Goal Setting

Nearly all Breakthrough SJC students are from low-income backgrounds and will be the first in their families to go on to college.

Program Graduates

96% of Breakthrough SJC students are on track to graduate college.

Breakthrough SJC Summer Program

American Mariachi

Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s heartwarming story about a group of women determined to break through gender barriers to make music.

Where the Sun Meets the Moon

A musical adaptation adapted from Grace Lin’s best selling book based on Chinese folklore.

Theater for Young Audiences
The Velveteen Rabbit

SCR’s production of Margery Williams’ story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real through the love of his owner.

The Siegel

Michael Mitnick’s featured production in the Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

The Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world's finest arts and cultures.

Bowers Museum Virtual Family Festivals

Acclaimed tabla player Robin Sukhadia performs for the virtual audience of over 1,000 viewers.

The Bowers Museum Art Access Program

The program delivers art kits to Title I schools that enable learning and creativity in conjunction with the virtual school tour program at the Bowers Museum.

Virtual International Drum Festival

DAFRA West African Drums and Dance Company with Willy Souleny and Company performs at virtual event.