OC Community Foundation Holds Annual Meeting
Nearly 700 philanthropists and business leaders discovered how their charitable passions can change their communities at Orange County Community Foundation’s 2017 Annual Meeting.
Addressing the sold-out Nov. 8 event at Hotel Irvine, OCCF President Shelley Hoss announced that the Newport Beach-based Foundation’s assets grew to $302 million during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 – more than doubling from $144 million in 2012.
“During the same five-year period, OCCF also granted more than a quarter of a billion dollars to philanthropic causes in Orange County, across the nation and around the world,” Hoss said. “Of course, the driver of this achievement is the passionate and inspired donors whose contributions to OCCF totaled $82 million over the past year.”
For the second consecutive year, OCCF grants and scholarships reached an all-time high of nearly $60 million.
“OCCF has been through a period of dramatic growth over the last five years in particular,” said outgoing OCCF Board Chair Doug Holte, president of Irvine Company Office Properties. “Our financial strength puts OCCF in the top 5 percent in grantmaking among U.S. community foundations and in the top 10 percent in assets among more than 780 U.S. community foundations.”
Also during the annual meeting, OCCF recognized Holte for his leadership as board chair over the past two years and welcomed Keith Swayne, founder and director of Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation, as the new chairman.
During intimate fireside chat-style segments, prominent Orange County community and business leaders shared their reasons for investing in philanthropy and why they work with OCCF. They included Buchanan Street Partners CEO Robert Brunswick, Ginny Ueberroth and her daughter Vicki Booth, chairman and president of the Peter and Ginny Ueberroth Family Foundation respectively, and Donnie Crevier of Crevier BMW and Crevier Classic Cars.
As part of the annual meeting, Swayne presented the Judith Swayne Leadership Fund award — named after his late wife who founded OCCF — to Rusty Kennedy, who became executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission in 1981 and founded the nonprofit OC Human Relations Council in 1991.
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On June 15, 2017, Buchanan Street Partners took the Shatterproof Challenge and rappelled down 16 stories at 620 Newport Center Dr. in Newport Beach to raise awareness and funds to end the devastation addiction causes families. Buchanan Street was joined by industry partners at The CAPROCK Group, Hotel Irvine, Irvine Company, LBA Realty, PIMCO and many more to raise $183,000.
Since Shatterproof was launched in September 2013, advocacy campaigns led by the organization and several others have helped influence public policy at the state and federal level to save lives and end the stigma of drug addiction. The community's advocacy support helped 14 states pass life-saving legislation, drove the passing of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, important guidance for physicians that will save lives by reducing the overprescribing of opioid painkillers, and supported passage of the federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and the 21st Century Cures Act—all while uniting families affected by addiction and providing a platform for those families to make their voices heard.Back to Top
BY CARRIE ROSSENFELD
ANAHEIM, CA—Encore for Education, the signature fundraising event for Buchanan Children’s Charities, has raised more than $2.2 million to give back to the kids of Orange County, Buchanan Street’s Robert Brunswick tells GlobeSt.com.
Encore for Education, the signature fundraising event for Buchanan Children’s Charities, will take place on April 20 at the House of Blues Anaheim. This year’s event will feature a live concert by the rock band Cheap Trick.
Buchanan Children’s Charities is a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 2007 by Buchanan Street Partners, a real estate investment management company in Orange County, that has measurably improved the lives and education opportunities for children in the local community. Encore for Education is a private, intimate concert with 1,200 to 1,600 attendees to support the Charity’s Music Matters initiative, which is aimed at restarting the music programs in Orange County public schools.
Robert Brunswick, co-founder and CEO of Buchanan Street Partners, tells GlobeSt.com, “We have built a culture as a firm that provides good corporate stewardship and gives back to the community, and that is just one reason we founded Buchanan Children’s Charities. Since inception, we’ve raised more than $2.2 million to give back to the kids of Orange County. Encore for Education has turned into the foundation’s signature event that is built around our commercial real estate industry—and we make a night of it!”
Last year, Encore for Education generated more than $200,000 for Orange County public schools that revitalized arts education across 16 school districts impacting 160,720 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also provided 3,786 teachers access to professional development tools to improve their arts and dance programs.
For this year’s event, a VIP reception will begin at 7 p.m., doors open to the audience at 7:30 p.m., and there will be formal remarks at 8:30 p.m., followed by a 90-minute set beginning at 9 p.m. A DJ will close the night beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Encore for Education 2017 will be the fifth concert hosted since the founding 10 years ago. Money is raised through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales to a targeted local audience. Past bands to perform include Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gin Blossoms and Blues Traveler.
This year’s event is generously underwritten by sponsorships from more than 50 industry leaders including Ten-X, Seyfarth Shaw, Allen Matkins, Arnel, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, First Bridge Lending, Lowe Enterprises, Metro Commercial Properties, SquarMilner, Bixby Land Co., Devcon Construction, Essex Realty Management, Irvine Co., LBA Realty, the New Home Company, Shopoff Realty, Wells Fargo and many more.
For more information on Encore for Education, click here. To buy tickets, click here. To view video footage from last year’s event, click here. To find out more about where the proceeds go, click here.Back to Top
BY ARLEEN JACOBIUS
Buchanan Street Partners and the real estate firm's foundation, Buchanan Children's Charity, are looking for real estate professionals wanting to rock out to attend at an April 20 benefit concert featuring Cheap Trick.
The show, to be held at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif., will be the 5th concert partially underwritten by Buchanan Street Partners to benefit Music Matters, a program created in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation to bring back music programs in Orange County public schools.
Some of the proceeds also go to Buchanan Children's Charity, which works
to improve the lives of and educational opportunities for children.
Past shows have featured such rock luminaries as Crosby, Stills & Nash; Third Eye Blind; Goo Goo Dolls; and Blues Traveler, said Robert S. Brunswick, CEO of Newport Beach, Calif.-based Buchanan Street Partners.
Mr. Brunswick declined to give the foundation's size, but he said it has donated $2.2 million total since it was founded in 2007. “We want to build a culture ... as a firm that provides good corporate stewardship and gives back to the community,” he said.
The annual concert has turned into the foundation's “signature event,” he said. Last year's concert raised $225,000 for the music program.
The fundraiser “is built around the industry, and we make a night of it.” Mr. Brunswick said.
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By Carrie Rossenfeld
IRVINE, CA—The Center for Real Estate at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business paid tribute to four of the top leaders in the real estate industry at a recent awards luncheon and presentation of the lifetime achievement award at the Hotel Irvine here. The luncheon was sponsored by FivePoint, a California-based community real estate development company, and Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company; more than 500 guests attended the celebration.
Among the honorees were Douglas C. Neff, partner/president at IHP Capital Partners, who was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. According to long-time friend John Duncan, “Doug is one of the brightest people any of us know. He’s also one of the most competent and one of the most effective.” Larry Webb, CEO of the New Home Co., commented, “Doug is a powerhouse in the real estate industry. He’s easily the smartest guy in every room.” Gordon McNeill, president of Sage Hill School, added, “In an organization, there’s always a few people who really transcend the entire institution. Doug is one of those people.”
Marco Vartanian, SVP of Colony, Starwood Homes, received the 2016 Rising Star Award. John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. remembers giving Vartanian advice. “I told him to always remember one thing: the early bird gets the worm, and the harder you work, the luckier you get. And, that’s Marco.”
According to Vartanian, “What motivates me is to encourage the people I work with to see a vision of the future that is greater than what they can see for themselves. I think of myself as a service provider for all of the people I work with every day.”
Other award recipients included Timothy L. Strader, Sr., founder/chairman of Starpointe Ventures, who received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, and Robert S. Brunswick, co-founder and CEO of Buchanan Street Partners, who received the Orange County Community Foundation Power Packed Philanthropist Award.Back to Top
By Tina Borgatta and Kristen Schott
There is a need in every community; but generosity runs deep in Orange County. From the agencies that feed and heal out children to the individuals whose dedication and altruism are changing the lives of many; here are the organizations and leaders driving our philanthropic scene right now.
You can hear the smile in Shana Baker’s voice when she talks about her 1 ½-year-old adopted son, Jaxson: “He likes to go, go, go!” The same happy note reverberates when she talks about her philanthropic “itch.” It grew out of her grandmother’s charitable passion, took root in her teens when she served Thanksgiving meals with the Salvation Army and has led her to numerous efforts, like the Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation. She’s championed the cause since 2012, when her then-3-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Type 1. “I asked myself: Were there a lot [of kids] like him?” recalls Baker, the VP and controller for Newport Beach’s Buchanan Street Partners (she’s also on its charitable board and was an ambassador for Talk About Curing Autism). It fueled her to join PADRE; she held various board positions before being named president last spring. And it’s been a banner year for the Orange-based nonprofit, which provides educational and psychosocial programs to 2,500-plus children affected by the life-threatening disease of the pancreas. It’s boosting its research focus through partnerships with local projects for a cure; it recently donated $25,000 to UCI’s Clinical Islet program. And the annual fashion show—Baker’s co-chaired it for the last two years—landed a record $300,000. She’ll take on that role next year too (the bash is set for May 13). Then there’s her hope that PADRE will soon expand with satellite offices: “I see how happy these kids are,” she says. “When they are with others [with Type 1], they don’t feel alone.” PADRE Foundation, padrefoundation.org