Every great book has a plot. These charities have stories that began with other stories, continue with love and support and, with the help of individuals like the ones featured in this book, will have no end.

Acres of Love

Acres of Love is an established Republic of South Africa (RSA) non-profit organization with an excellent track record of providing the very highest quality of community-based and culturally appropriate and competent comprehensive care for abandoned and HIV/AIDS infants and children. The mission of Acres of Love is to provide the most vulnerable affected and infected infants and children with the highest possible quality of care and with love, a strong early childhood development foundation, a community-based safety net and hope.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

Augie’s Quest

As a partner with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, “Augie’s Quest” has raised over 28 million dollars for MDA’s ALS Division. One hundred percent of the money raised by Augie’s Quest is used to fund research, and they have already made real strides in determining the cause of this progressive, disabling, and usually fatal disease.

Buchanan Children’s Charities

In 2007, Buchanan Street Partners formed Buchanan Children’s Charities, a public non-profit organization, to measurably improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children. Buchanan Children’s Charities has donated over $2 million to children’s charities and enriched thousands of lives.

Center for living Peace

Good begets good. It’s a belief that the Center for Living Peace heeds every day — the idea that one simple act of kindness can inspire another person to “pay it forward”. The result is a stronger sense of spirit and community for all. It is a place where children, families, and adults of all ages can connect to self and their spirit, to others, and to the world. A place where each and every person can find their own special gifts and feel empowered to make a difference.

Chapman University

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in California. Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, College of Educational Studies, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Law, College of Performing Arts and Schmid College of Science. The university’s mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.

Children’s Bureau

Children’s Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children -- especially in the early years -- the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults. Our vision is to significantly change the lives of at-risk children by providing state-of-the-art child abuse prevention and treatment services. While increasing the scope, depth and volume of services, we will engage in continuous discovery through research to determine and implement what works and be a passionate advocate on behalf of children and families.

CHOC Children’s Foundation

For more than 45 years, CHOC Children’s has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC offers many primary and specialty care clinics, over 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopedic Institutes. Over two million children across four counties count on CHOC — regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

County of Orange

The 25 departments (and respective divisions) that make up County government strive to make Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work and play, by providing vital services to the community. From enjoying books and scenic parkland to receiving social services and peace officer protection, community members interact with the County of Orange everyday.

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Founded in 1985 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is one of more than 900 CASA programs nationwide dedicated to providing quality intervention and advocacy services for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Advocates for CASA monitors a child’s circumstances and speaks up for the child in court. CASA advocates only work with one child at a time, building a relationship of friendship and trust, serving as ongoing mentors, some all the way up to the child’s emancipation at age 18 and beyond.

Cure Duchenne

Cure Duchenne was started by parents whose only child has DMD. Cure Duchenne is a grassroots effort to bring back focus. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the leading genetic killer of children; two boys die of DMD every day. We have the leading scientists in the world helping us to determine the most viable research projects, accelerate the clinical trial process, and bring potential life-saving drugs to help this generation of Duchenne boys.


Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status in the U.S. since 1945, Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through research-based programs and advocacy that empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value, and assert their rights.

Healthy Smiles for Kids, Orange County

Healthy Smiles For Kids was founded in 2003 as a funded program of the Children & Families Commission of Orange County. A collaboration took place between the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, Healthy Smiles, CHOC and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove to develop a comprehensive pediatric health and dental center committed to families in need to improve the oral health of children in Orange County through collaborative programs directed at prevention, education, access to treatment and advocacy.

High School, Inc.

Valley High School’s unique partnership with the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce resulted in the creation and implementation of seven Career Academies supporting high-growth industries in Santa Ana - Automotive & Transportation, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Engineering & Construction, Global Business, Health Care, Manufacturing and New Media. One of the goals of this partnership is to bring high-level technical and academic skills to Valley’s students. This collaboration is a commitment to our students to demonstrate acquired proficiency in a specific industry, thereby encouraging post secondary education/training and/or employment.

Human Options

Human Options was founded in Laguna Beach, California in 1981, with a crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence. One year later Human Options opened the first battered women’s shelter in south Orange County, California. Through research, education and the art of listening, Human Options has developed from a small grassroots agency to a multi-service, countywide program that breaks the cycle of domestic violence at every stage.

Irrelevant Week

Irrelevant Week is a week long celebration of the Underdog, the final pick of the NFL draft held in Orange County. Events include a golf tournament, a regatta and a sports banquet, and are open to the public. The idea for this celebration was formulated in 1976 by Irrelevant Week’s founder and chief spokesperson, Paul Salata. Capped by the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy, many sports celebrities join in the fun of roasting and toasting the final NFL draft pick before he ventures to NFL Rookie Orientation Camp.

Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) provides financial support and enrichment programs for the students of the Irvine Unified School District. IPSF believes that only through community support can we provide the best educational opportunities for our children. When you make an investment by donating to IPSF, you’re making a statement. That you won’t settle for mediocre education in your community. That your children deserve the best.

Life Changing Lives

Life Changing Lives is the creation of Glenn and Mindy Stearns of Stearns Family Charitable Foundation. The organization is dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids and troubled youth reach their full potential and reach their dreams. The annual Life Changing Lives event raises hundreds of thousands for Wounded Warrior Project, Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance, and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire along with several arts and education charities. The event is held annually on September 11th with the theme attributed to American Heroes.

LIGA International

Since 1934, LIGA International, a philanthropic volunteer organization, has been providing medical, dental and eye care to impoverished people in rural Mexico. Each month, 12-15 privately owned airplanes deliver volunteers and supplies to LIGA clinics in remote, impoverished areas where hundreds of needy people are given medical, dental, and eye care that they would not get otherwise. LIGA works closely with the local Mexican community who provide valuable assistance as interpreters and help in coordinating and maintaining the clinics.

Literacy Project Foundation

The goal of the Literacy Project Foundation is to enable at-risk and disadvantaged youth to increase their reading skill levels and to become self-sufficient, productive and contributing members of our society. The Literacy Project Foundation brings the gift of literacy to children as a foundational learning element to help achieve their personal dreams.

Megan’s Wings

Megan’s Wings is a non-profit organization based in Upland, California, and serves families and children who are fighting cancer, by providing support to the families and other primary caregivers who care and provide for these children. The Foundation raises funds through gifts from individuals, events, corporate contributions and grants fund their Patient Aid, Adopt-a-Family and Hospital Support programs.

Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is a member of the St. Joseph Health System, sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve. Our vision is to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement and to create healthier communities.

National Philanthropy Day

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 227 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

NLA Kids

NLA Sports brings you the best in adult and youth social sports and a chance to meet a fun group of people through a variety of competitive sports leagues and exciting events! Soccer, Dodge Ball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Bowling, Softball, Co-ed and Hockey.

On Purpose

In 2008, the “On Purpose” Scholarship was established to recognize and cultivate purpose driven young adults to help create a better place in our community, home life and work environments. The “On Purpose” Scholarship recognizes young adults in Orange County who act with a positive purpose in all that they do, in their school, their personal life, their future careers and in their community for the good of all. The OP Scholarship grants the selected students to apply towards their college tuition.

Orange County High School of the Arts

Established in 1987, the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts. OCHSA currently serves more than 1,550 students in grades 7-12 from more than 100 cities throughout Southern California.

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

The Orangewood Children’s Foundation provides innovative services for abused and neglected children and at- risk families to end the cycle of child abuse one life at a time. The Foundation continues to support the Center and its young occupants, providing a wide range of programs, activities, equipment, supplies and necessities for the children who reside there. In addition, several hundred volunteers provide hands-on involvement and activities for the children at the Center, supporting the Foundation’s efforts through the generous donation of their time and talent.

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 1982 to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. Since its inception, PCRF has raised over $22 million to fund cutting edge research that leads to medically sound treatment protocols for childhood cancers. PCRF is privately supported through donations from individuals, charitable foundations and businesses that recognize the urgent need to improve treatment and cure childhood cancers.

Pipeline to a Cure

The goal of the Pipeline To A Cure is to increase awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by rallying the surfing and action sports world. Since 1955 the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has worked to assure the development of the means to cure and control CF and to improve the quality of life for those born with the disease.

Project Access Resource Centers

Project Access is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999. The seniors and families served by Project Access are “low-income”– that is, with incomes at or below 60% of the area median; and a substantial number are “very low-income” – often with incomes below $10,000 per year. Project Access runs resource centers at more than 35 low-income properties throughout California.

Read All Over

The Read All Over organization was started in 2001 that calls for children in schools and organizations across the nation to reach out to others and promote peace through sharing books. RAO accomplishes this by helping kids to organize and promote book drives - and donating the books for other kids to read and enjoy.

Soldiers of the Sea

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the Southern California Business and the Marine Corps Communities by promoting Corps values, fostering patriotism and promoting service to our Nation and communities; To promote Marine Corps’ esprit de corps and camaraderie; and To facilitate and coordinate gatherings of Marines and friends of our Corps to commemorate the Marine Corps Birthday in pursuit of the forgoing aims.


Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.

Sound Body, Sound Mind

Sound Body Sound Mind was founded in 1999 by Cindy and Bill Simon in response to the appallingly low fitness levels of students in Los Angeles. Sound Body Sound Mind promotes self-confidence and healthy lifestyle choices among our nation’s youth and is one of the most exciting fitness programs to be introduced at the high school and middle school level.


Springboard is a non-profit agency formed in 1974 by business leaders and credit grantors. Springboard’s mission is simple, yet vital: To improve the lives and financial well being of individuals and families by providing quality financial education and counseling.

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 12 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now has provided more than $70 million of direct aid and 34 million meals to 72 countries worldwide.

Taste of Ladera

The Taste of Ladera is a premier food and music festival in Ladera Ranch, the community’s signature fundraising event that helps local schools, youth programs and other local nonprofits. The two-day event is South Orange County’s biggest party, celebrating the finest local cuisine from local restaurants, a family fun zone, live music, specialty vendors, community fun and more.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation

Established in 1997, The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

The Gateway Foundation

Gateway believes that investing in our communities is a corporate responsibility, and we fulfill this responsibility through the Gateway Foundation. Our corporate giving focuses on our mission: to invest in our communities and future by providing state-of-the-art technology and technical support to underserved youth and schools and give these children access to the tools necessary to help them succeed in a technology driven society.

The Spanish Village Foundation

The Spanish Village Foundation is a non-profit group whose mission it is to recognize, celebrate and promote the positive aspects of San Clemente.

YMCA of Orange County

The YMCA of Orange County is a nonprofit, charitable organization that serves the entire community. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y serves Orange County through six Health & Wellness centers and over 50 Afterschool Program centers. YMCA programs celebrate and honor common values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring by infusing character development into the foundation and practice of all our programs.