Spirit of Volunteerism Recognizes Shining Stars

April 16th, 2015

OneOC was pleased to host he 39th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards honoring 382 individuals, families, groups and corporate teams for their exceptional volunteer service to communities in Orange County.  More than 1,100 guests packed the Disneyland Hotel to salute these shining stars in our community.

photo (2)    Special guest, Mickey Mouse, joined OneOC CEO, Dan McQuaid, on stage to present the 2015 Giving is Living Award to Bolsa Chica Conservancy and Boeing for the exemplary nonprofit/company partnership that extends over 25 years.  Boeing employees devote time, energy and skills to support the Conservancy’s mission to provide environmental services and promote sustainability through community restoration, leadership and education.

This special day recognizes the selfless and dedicated effort of volunteers to build a stronger more vibrant Orange County in the areas of Arts, Law Enforcement, Human & Community Services, Education, Health, Animal and Environmental.  The Orange County Register and Union Bank were the Co-Presenting Sponsors for the event.

OneOC is dedicated to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and fiscal sponsorship services.  OneOC recently launched the Center for Business and Community Partnerships, a one stop shop that provides smart, easy and impactful giving and employee volunteer solutions to companies to maximize their charitable activities in the community.



Women’s Circle Grants Wishes

April 1st, 2015

Over 200 women gathered at the Balboa Bay Club to help grant wishes to children with life threatening diseases at the second annual This Old Bag – Power of the Purse event benefiting Make- A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire.  A highlight of the day was hearing Wish Kid Kate, share her journey of survival after being diagnosed with  Osteosarcoma a type of bone cancer.  Kate told the crowd how much being granted her wish to be a model meant to her and her family.


This group of women shared an enhanced desire to help and a deepened commitment to philanthropy.   Through their collective giving at the event, more deserving children will be granted their wishes.  Since 1983, our chapter has granted over 5,000 wishes.

Watch this video to learn more about the Women’s Circle of Wishes and how you can get involved with Make-A-Wish OC/IE.

Delight in the Possible

March 27th, 2015

Spring is in the air.   As the trees bud and flowers bloom we think about renewal and rebirth.   It’s a time of change.  Many of us have something we’d like to change in our lives, but we are paralyzed with fear.  Why? People don’t like uncertainty, so instead of delighting in what’s possible we stay the same rather than risk the unknown.


Our brains also get in the way of change.  Our brains view change as a threat causing us to use a part of our brain used for survival and diverts resources from our thinking brain.  Change takes effort, focus an energy and given the choice our brain wants the familiar.

One thing that can help is for the rewards of the change to be clearly understood and referred to often.   A certain level of stress can accompany a change, so having skills to help you recover quickly  from this stress helps too.  As does tapping into your ability to identify and focus on what matters most and challenge yourself to deliver on that capability.

Following Pareto’s Principle, list in order of priority the 10 things that you most want to change to improve the quality of your life, relationships and well-being.  Then focus on the top two, and you’ll get an 80% return on everything you want and need in your life.  It’s worth a try.  Put fear aside and delight in the possible.

OneOC honored by Pacific Life

January 26th, 2015
OneOC is honored with the presentation of the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award and a $50,000 unrestricted cash grant from the Pacific Life Foundation.

The Pacific Life Foundation’s initial 2015 grants were presented to local Southern California organizations on the evening of January 21st at the annual Grants Reception.  Since 1985, the Pacific Life Foundation has provided $270,000 in grants to support OneOC’s efforts in the Orange County community.  Pacific Life’s endorsement and generosity to OneOC has contributed to their upcoming opening of the Center for Business and Community Partnerships.

For a second consecutive year, Pacific Life will provide $6 million in funding to support the areas of arts and culture; civic, community, and environment; education; and health and human services.