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2020 Impact Report

This past year has been anything but ordinary. In the light of crisis and disconnectedness, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) has served as a beacon of hope for thousands. From pandemic relief to numerous community initiatives, 2020 has been a year of response, recovery and resilience.

We can’t do this alone. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, volunteers, supporters, and residents, ACF continues to put its mission into action to build community through people, partnerships, and pride.

We are pleased to release our 2020 Impact Report. Read more about how your support, and the support of all of our partners, has been the driving force of our progress in 2020.

ACF Awards Recovery Grants to 57 Grantees

November 25, 2020 – Thanks to funding from the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Community Foundation announces its latest round of grants to 57 nonprofit organizations to aid in pandemic recovery efforts.

These grants will propel efforts started in April 2020 when ACF launched its Response & Recovery Grant Program. To date, ACF has administered over $3.75 million in grants to 76 total organizations, and supported the work of Anaheim’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) through ACF’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

The latest round of Recovery Grants launched with a call for proposals Oct. 8 through Oct. 21. Out of 81 submitted proposals, 57 were selected for funding, which includes 11 new organizations. Grants totaling $970,700 are focused in the following areas:

  • Food insecurity (including meals, grocery boxes, grocery vouchers)
  • Support services (including counseling, information/referrals, distance learning and/or after-school support, mentoring, job training)
  • Safety and security (including personal protective equipment, hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, motel vouchers, gas/transportation)

Recovery Grantees (November 2020)

2-1-1 Orange CountyBuild capacity to manage the intake of calls, texts, and emails from callers in need in Anaheim during this pandemic.$25,000
Access Anaheim – Carbon Creek ShoresSecure PPE, cleaning supplies and gift cards for needy residents at Carbon Creek Shores.$5,320
Access California ServicesDelivery of the services as well as grocery store vouchers for eligible Anaheim residents.$10,000
AltaMed Health Services Corp.Distribute PPE, including masks, and travel-size hand sanitizers to the low-income patients of AltaMed’s Anaheim clinic site.$10,000
Alzheimer’s Orange CountyProvide Anaheim seniors with sanitizer, bottles, gloves, masks and other PPE supplies.$10,000
Anaheim Family YMCAFood and meal distribution to residents in Anaheim neighborhoods in Anaheim.$60,000
Anaheim Union High School DistrictProvide Anaheim families with safety and hygiene items, including baby supplies, PPE, cleaning supplies, bus passes, grocery gift cards, clothing, meals, headphones, and school supplies.$50,000
Assistance League of AnaheimSupport Anaheim students in need of headsets and microphones.$5,000
Boys and Girls ClubsSupport for food distribution and distance learning.$50,000
Bracken’s KitchenSupport delivery, access, and preparation of food resources in Anaheim.$20,000
Breast Cancer AngelsProvide assistance to Anaheim women and men with breast cancer breast cancer experiencing barriers during the pandemic.$10,000
Caterina’s ClubSupport access, delivery, and preparation of meals to needy kids and families.$22,500
Chef Martin Guerrero FoundationPrepare and distribute meals, nutrition and cooking classes, and relief aid events for low-income Anaheim families.$10,000
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)Provide provide timely COVID-19 information and resources to low-income Anaheim families and students.$5,000
Community Action Partnership of Orange CountyPurchase and distribute food boxes and grocery vouchers to families at Anaheim Indepencia Family Resource Center who are struggling with getting enough to eat because of the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.$25,000
Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHIOC)Provide information and resources to help residents with healthcare and social service benefits and referrals to food distribution, employment assistance, and other resources.$5,000
Delivering With Dignity – MoonridgeWork with restaurant partners and volunteer drivers to provide meals to the most vulnerable in Anaheim.$5,000
Eli Home, Inc.  – ESCRI East Street Community Renewal InitiativeFamily counseling, food, clothing, and household supply bags for families in need.$20,000
Families ForwardFood and safety net services to at-risk, food insecure Anaheim families.$10,000
Food FindersSupport the purchase of crucial food items, fruits and vegetables, to deliver as food boxes to those in need in Anaheim.$5,000
Give for a Smile“Promotoras” to provide assistance to low and middle-income families dealing with crisis and seeking support service programs.$5,000
Giving Children HopeProvide food, basic needs items, and parental support to vulnerable families in Anaheim.$10,000
Grace Social and Medical ServicesAddress food insecurity, workforce navigation, and social services for Anaheim families.$20,000
Higher Ground Youth & Family ServicesAfter school program support; and PPE youth, families, staff, and volunteers.$30,000
Hospitality Training AcademyMeals for the families of hospitality and food service workers who live and work in Anaheim.$35,000
Illumination FoundationConnect clients in family emergency shelters, micro-communities, and site apartments to resources for food, utilities, PPE, and household items.$15,000
Innovative Housing Opportunities, Inc.Provide critical resources such as groceries, PPE, gas and transportation assistance to low-income seniors .$15,000
Jamboree Housing CorporationSupport safety, food distribution, and support services at three affordable housing communities.$10,000
Love Anaheim – JMh – Anaheim Foundation Inc.Volunteers, leaders, and staff to provide physical and emotional support, grocery/food gift cards, hygiene kits, and personal visits/calls.$45,000
Lutheran Social Services of Southern CaliforniaHelp vulnerable households in Anaheim with food boxes, hygiene items, gloves, masks, PPE, cleaning supplies, transportation vouchers, access to essential services, and financial assistance.$20,000
Meals on Wheels OCMeal preparation, delivery, and outreach to the Anaheim senior population.$60,000
Mercy House Living CentersAssist formerly homeless residents and those with limited incomes and Coronavirus-related job losses through Mercy House’s support programs.$15,000
Miracles for KidsSupport Miracles for Kids’ Wellness Program, which focuses on the emotional impact that childhood illness has on children affected by disease and the family unit as a whole.$10,000
MOMS Orange CountyProvide financial assistance to new moms for necessities including food, baby supplies, household goods, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items.$5,000
Muzeo Museum and Cultural CenterSupport isolated seniors during the pandemic through virtual art, self-expression, and connection with others.$5,000
Orange County Conservation CorpsSupport youth actively engaged in training, employment, and educational programs, and projects to benefit the community.$20,000
Pirchei ShoshanimFood procurement, preparation and delivery to Anaheim residents in need.$5,000
Project AccessHelp isolated families with food, distance learning, referrals and application help for rental assistance programs, and volunteer-led wellness checks.$10,000
Project Hope AllianceHelp motel families with case management and basic needs, including groceries, hygiene, school supplies, clothing, gift cards.$15,000
Radiant Health CentersHealth and nutrition services and meals tailored to those experience health challenges.$5,000
Renewable FarmsFresh produce for seniors and low-income families.$5,000
Salvation Army Orange CountyProvide safety through electrostatic sprayers as part of the Red Shield Distance Learning Program.$13,000
Santa Ana College FoundationProvide low-income Anaheim-based students with support for textbooks, basic necessities, and groceries.$10,000
Saviors Road (dba Charity on Wheels)Help those struggling with homelessness with access to showers, transportation, meals and groceries, and other support.$5,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Inc.Food for 60 distribution sites in Anaheim$60,000
Seneca Family of AgenciesTherapeutic support for youth during the pandemic through guided animal intervention therapy.$5,000
Sight and Sketches Project – OneOCFamily care packages with hygiene products, PPE, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and bilingual resources to free local mental health clinics, free clinics, and free after-school resources.$12,880
Southern California Hospice FoundationGrocery gift cards to homebound hospice patients and their families in the Anaheim Area so that they can purchase meat and produce.$10,000
Special Service for Groups, Inc.PPE, hygiene kits, grocery gift cards, and case management support.$5,000
StandUp for Kids, Orange CountyHelp at risk youth and families with food, financial support, mentoring and tutoring.$25,000
Sudanese American AssociationGroceries and meal distribution.$5,000
United Across Borders FoundationSupport food distribution in needy Anaheim neighborhoods.$10,000
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County Inc.Support child patient safety by providing PPE to caregivers, child development specialists, and pediatric therapists.$5,000
Vietnamese Community Actions for Resources & EmpowermentProvide fresh meal for Anaheim residents, many of whom are elderly, unemployed, isolated, and experiencing poverty during the pandemic.$5,000
Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Vineyard Anaheim)Food pantries, food packages, and senior delivery across Anaheim.$60,000
Voice of RefugeesFood support, family counseling, and job training.$12,000
Women’s Transitional Living CenterSupport services and counseling for domestic violence survivors.$5,000

ACF Awards $1.35 million in Response & Recovery Grants to 54 Nonprofits

June 28, 2020 – The Anaheim Community Foundation has announced $1.35 million in grants to 54 nonprofit organizations to support response and recovery efforts in Anaheim. These new grants extend support started in April when ACF launched a “Rapid Response” Grant Program that provided $1.45 million in grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to address immediate needs facing residents due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The newest round of Response & Recovery Grants are focused on emerging needs facing youth, families, seniors, and others with limited access/resources. These include food/meal distribution; household and hygiene supplies; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); groceries; gas/transportation; distance learning programs; and information/support services.

ACF thanks the Anaheim City Council for allocating $3 million to ACF since March as part of the city’s $15 million Economic Recovery Plan. It has enabled ACF to lead philanthropic outreach efforts and support the work of Anaheim’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

To date, ACF has awarded over $2.8 million in grants to 65 individual organizations providing vital support to Anaheim residents in need.

Response and Recovery Grantees

ACF’s new Response & Recovery Grants total $1,354,950 to advance the work of 54 nonprofit organizations (both previous grantees and new applicants). This will provide a variety of support and services throughout Anaheim over the next two to six months.

Meals on Wheels OCContinue Grab & Go food distribution for seniors$135,000
Anaheim Family YMCAPre-packaged meals for adults transported into neighborhoods $120,000
L.A. Hospitality Training AcademyMeals for Anaheim food and service workers with lack of resources$100,000
Boys and Girls ClubsMeals and mental health support for youth and families$75,000
Anaheim Union High School DistrictHelp families with lack of resources, including baby supplies, PPE, groceries, food, gas$50,000
Vineyard Anaheim ChurchExpand mobile pantries to under-resourced areas$50,000
Higher GroundContinue food and grocery distribution program at Lincoln park$49,350
Caterina’s ClubMeal preparation and pantry packs to agency partners to feed Anaheim children$45,000
Love AnaheimContinue providing volunteer “care partners” and personal supply kits for partners and residents$38,000
City NetConnect homeless to resources, shelter/ housing, and long-term placements$37,500
Community Action Partnership of OC Food boxes, grocery vouchers, supplies for low-income families $37,500
Second Harvest Food BankFood distribution throughout Anaheim $37,500
Lutheran Social Services of SoCalFood, gas, hygiene products & bus passes for families in need$36,000
211 Orange CountyCritical information and referral services for thousands of Anaheim residents $35,000
Voice of Refugees, Inc.Food/meal distribution and youth summer programming$35,000
Grandma’s House of HopeFood and supplies for homeless women$30,000
The Priority Center Support Anaheim residents in serious need of mental health supportive care$25,000
Family Promise of OCShelter, food, groceries, gas, and support to help the unemployed transition from homelessness$20,000
Girl Scouts of Orange CountyLeadership packs and virtual summer camp for Anaheim girls$20,000
Project Hope AllianceOutreach to Anaheim motel families for educational and technology needs during the school year$20,000
Sudanese American Assoc.Food support for families$20,000
AltaMed Health Services PPE safety supplies and hand sanitizer for the low-income patients $18,000
Community Health Initiative of OC (CHIOC)Information/referrals to safety net programs like CalFresh and Medi-Cal$18,000
Girls IncSupHERvision enrichment program for at-risk and underserved girls $18,000
Alzheimer’s Orange CountyFood and PPE supplies for Anaheim seniors$15,000
Delivering With Dignity (Moonridge Foundation)Collaborative program with nonprofits, restaurants/food providers to feed vulnerable families in Anaheim$15,000
Grace Medical & Social ServicesFood for families with limited access to resources$15,000
Illumination FoundationTo help with PPE safety supplies for shelter residents$15,000
WTLC (Women’s Transitional Living Center)PPE, supportive services, food, transportation, and essentials for survivors and their families$15,000
Bracken’s KitchenFood/meal preparation, produce, and dairy products for Anaheim distribution programs$12,500
ESCRIBilingual program materials, supplies, and classes/counseling for residents near the East Anaheim Corridor$12,500
ChrysalisJob assistance and referrals to help people come out of poverty and into the workforce$10,000
Emilio Nares FoundationTransportation for low-income Anaheim children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses$10,000
FristersHelp teenage parents build healthy and stable lives through Connect to Success program and Learning Boxes for preschoolers$10,000
Give for a Smile“Promotoras” providing support and information in low-income Anaheim families$10,000
Giving Children HopeWeekly food to Anaheim families who are food insecure$10,000
GOALSDistance learning and food distribution service projects.$10,000
Miracles for KidsContinue food and supplies for critically-ill children$10,000
MOMS Orange CountyGroceries, baby necessities, phone cards, and bus passes for pregnant/new mothers in need$10,000
Project AccessFood, supplies, and services to low-income Anaheim residents $10,000
Radiant Health CentersFood and mental health services for people with health limitations$10,000
Santa Ana College FoundationVouchers to help low-income Anaheim students$10,000
StandUp for KidsTutoring, groceries, supplies, and support to Anaheim students$10,000
TGR FoundationSTEM enrichment programming to underrepresented youth in Anaheim$8,500
Anaheim Alana ClubFood distribution to seniors, homeless and those with limited access$8,000
Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange CountySupport mentees, mentors and families to fill distance learning gaps$7,500
Access Anaheim, Inc. dba Carbon Creek ShoresCleaning/sanitizing supplies, personal care items, and gift cards for low-income and impaired adults$5,600
Special Service for Groups, Inc.Food/grocery gift cards to help Anaheim residents facing barriers and instability$5,500
Access California ServicesFood vouchers for low-income Anaheim residents$5,000
Muzeo Museum and Cultural CenterSafely connect isolated seniors to the arts and creativity$5,000
Renewable FarmsGrowing and distributing fresh produce to Anaheim residents in need$5,000
Southern California Hospice FoundationPPE safety supplies for Anaheim hospice workers$5,000
United Across Borders FoundationFood distribution in low-income neighborhoods.$5,000
Veterans Legal InstituteLegal support services for Anaheim-based veterans.$5,000

ACF Raises $19,835 to Support Anaheim Youth

On June 17, ACF led ImpACT Anaheim Giving Day, a collaborative 24-hour campaign with nine organizations to support Anaheim’s underserved youth. Together, we raised $86,020 with the help of 393 donors, surpassing our collective goal of $75,000! Thank you to our fellow Anaheim-based nonprofits for joining us:

Because of you, ACF engaged 94 donors and raised $19,835 to support Anaheim youth

To the 94 donors who supported ACF, your generosity helped ACF raise $19,835 for our Youth Program Scholarship Fund and Helping Hands grant program. This will have a direct impact on Anaheim youth and teens in the coming months. 

On behalf of all the youth we serve and organizations we support, thank you for believing in our cause to enrich the lives of all our residents.

2020 ImpACT Anaheim Giving Day: June 17th

The Anaheim Community Foundation along with nine of our fellow nonprofit organizations are coming together to raise $75,000 to support the underserved youth of Anaheim.

This year’s participating nonprofits provide an array of services and programs to the city of Anaheim and its youth. These include:

Learn more about these nonprofits and donate visit:

Follow and share our event on Facebook to get live updates on the day of the event.

ACF awards over $1.4 million to help youth, families, and seniors in need

Each day we are seeing amazing stories of our community coming together to help one another through the COVID-19 crisis. The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) is here to support our nonprofits on the frontlines and address emerging needs in our city.

As part of $2 million in funding approved by Anaheim’s City Council on March 26, ACF launched a Rapid Response Grant Program to provide immediate financial support to nonprofits working on the frontlines to help kids, families, seniors and others struggling amid the coronavirus crisis. Thus far, ACF has awarded funding in the amount $1,452,500 to 40 nonprofits.

  • In the first round of funding, ACF has awarded $1,085,000 in grants to 18 nonprofits
  • In the second round of funding, ACF awarded $312,500 to 17 more nonprofits
  • In the third round, ACF awarded $55,000 to 5 additional nonprofits

With the success of ACF’s Rapid Response Grant program, City Council approved on May 5 an additional $1 million for ACF. These funds, in addition of the remaining funds, will help ACF mobilize more grant opportunities and address needs identified through the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

ACF is holding a Call for Proposals May 29 through June 12 for a new round of response and recover grants. Read more here.

“Our mission has never been clearer. We know people are struggling with daily needs, job losses and the stress of these challenging times. But they are not alone. These grants and those to come will help Anaheim get through this together,” said Ed Munson, Board Chair of the Anaheim Community Foundation.

Thus far, Rapid Response Grants have funded core needs in our community:

  • Funding for families and youth for groceries, meals, food distribution programs, family support services, gift cards and household supplies, including diapers, soap and other essentials
  • Funding for seniors and those who are homebound to provide meals, groceries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, face coverings, gloves and other household supplies
  • Funding for those living in homelessness or motels, including for groceries, hygiene kits, gift cards, bus passes and motel vouchers

Round 1 Grants | $1,085,000 | 18 nonprofits

  • $190,000: Meals on Wheels Orange County for senior outreach, meal delivery and drive-up distribution
  • $190,000: Anaheim Family YMCA for 40,000 meals focused on adults
  • $125,000: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress for family meals
  • $100,000: Salvation Army Orange County for household supplies for those who are homebound
  • $100,000: Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for two Saturday food distribution events at Honda Center
  • $75,000: Community Action Partnership for groceries for needy families in west Anaheim
  • $70,000: Orange County Conservation Corps for food vouchers, gift cards and services for 50 or more families
  • $35,000: Love Anaheim for groceries and other needs at senior mobile home parks; hygiene kits, gift cards, grocery bags for those living in homelessness
  • $30,000: Alzheimer’s Orange County for outreach and household supplies for seniors
  • $30,000: Children’s Bureau of Southern California for family household supplies
  • $30,000: Bracken’s Kitchen for meals and other food services
  • $25,000: Caterina’s Club for meals for kids and families
  • $25,000: StandUp for Kids OC for groceries and support services for youth
  • $20,000: Chrysalis Orange County to help 200 or more people living in homelessness with gift cards, gas cards, bus passes
  • $15,000: Eli Home for help to recovering moms to keep families together
  • $10,000: Project Dignity for services, groceries and other needs among those living in motels
  • $10,000: Sudanese-American Association for meals, groceries and other household needs for Anaheim’s Sudanese-American community
  • $5,000: Renewable Farms for produce and other food for families

Round 2 Grants | $312,500 | 17 nonprofits

  • $45,000: Lutheran Social Services of Southern California for food, clothing, hygiene items, and transportation assistance to low-income families
  • $40,000: Illumination Foundation for food, groceries, baby formula, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to those at risk for homelessness
  • $37,500: Higher Ground for meals and food distribution to low-income families
  • $30,000: Mercy House for food vouchers, household supplies, cleaning products, and transportation assistance
  • $30,000: Grandma’s House of Hope for meals to hungry and at-risk kids and families
  • $30,000: Pathways of Hope for meals, groceries, and transportation assistance
  • $20,000: 2-1-1 Orange County for critical helpline services to Anaheim residents
  • $10,000: Giving Children Hope for meals, hygiene supplies, diapers and formula to low-income families
  • $10,000: Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHIOC) to connect low-income Anaheim residents Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs
  • $10,000: Radiant Health Centers to provide food for those on fixed incomes and managing chronic diseases
  • $10,000: Give for a Smile to connect low-income Anaheim residents to financial assistance, MediCal, and other resources
  • $10,000: Alana Club of Orange County for food and hygiene products to seniors, sober living population, and low-income families
  • $10,000: Jamboree Housing Corporation for food distribution to Anaheim residents with limited access
  • $5,000: Miracles for Kids for groceries and support to families with ill children
  • $5,000: Emilio Nares Foundation to support low-income Anaheim children suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses
  • $5,000: Grace Social & Medical Services for food and care boxes for struggling families
  • $5,000: Mirage Manor Homecare for meals and support for elderly residents

Round 3 Grants | $55,000 | 5 nonprofits

  • $5,000: Breast Cancer Angels to provide meals for individuals suffering from cancer
  • $10,000: Colette’s Children’s Home for food distribution to needy children and families
  • $5,000: Access California Services to provide food vouchers to low-income families
  • $5,000: Santa Ana College Foundation to support for low-income students residing in Anaheim
  • $30,000: Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Anaheim to provide of grocery and meal prep items for 3,000 people weekly over three months in West Anaheim

Donate to Help Anaheim During the COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the ACF Community Emergency Assistance Fund will help provide support to vulnerable communities in Anaheim.

Your donation will provide food, supplies, and other critical services to residents through Anaheim’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Thank you for you support!

Working Together

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Anaheim Community Foundation is mobilizing resources and partnerships to help Anaheim residents. Below is information of helpful resources and ways you can give back.


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the ACF Community Emergency Assistance Fund will help provide support to vulnerable communities in Anaheim. Your donation will provide food, supplies, and other critical services to residents through the Anaheim Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and nonprofit partners on the front lines.


ACF has a Senior Emergency Assistance Fund for online donations to support one of our most vulnerable populations. Your support will help provide food, supplies, and resources to senior citizens in Anaheim. Thank you for your donation.


The city of Anaheim is closely watching the coronavirus outbreak, global and national events, federal Centers for Disease Control, Orange County Health Care Agency, and our local health authority. For up-to-date information, visit:


To help nonprofits, the OC Community Resilience Fund has been set up to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. To learn more about the OC Community Resilience Fund, visit


The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) has launched free daily “Community Club” sessions for students. The interactive online gatherings will provide fun activities, online socialization with friends, development of game skills, and insights into the careers in the esports industry. Students and families can participate in “Community Club” streams Monday – Friday at NASEF’s Twitch Channel. All streams will be monitored by UCI vetted professionals with experience working with teenage youth. The schedule of activities and other details can be found at



The Anaheim Family YMCA has set up six distribution points for grab-and-go meals for families with children under 18; and activity packets for kids. Monday-Friday from 11am-12:30pm.

  • Anaheim Family YMCA 240 S. Euclid St., Anaheim, CA 92802 
  • Franklin Elementary 521 W Water St, Anaheim, CA 92805 
  • Henry Elementary 1123 W Romneya Dr, Anaheim, CA 92801 
  • Juarez Elementary 841 Sunkist St, Anaheim, CA 92806 
  • Revere Elementary 140 W Guinida Ln, Anaheim, CA 92805 
  • Stoddard Elementary 1841 9th St, Anaheim, CA 92802 
  • Lincoln Elementary 1413 E Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805


Anaheim Union High School District and Anaheim Elementary School are also distributing meals for children daily 11am-noon. 

  • Katella High School – 2200 E Wagner Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
  • Anaheim High School – 811 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805
  • Sycamore Junior High School – 1801 E Sycamore St, Anaheim, CA 92805
  • Loara High School – 1765 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
  • Brookhurst Junior High School – 601 N Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92801
  • Western High School – 501 S. Western Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
  • Kennedy High School – 8281 Walker Street, La Palma, CA 90623
  • Ponderosa Elementary School – 2135 South Mountain View Ave. Anaheim, CA 92802


  • Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26
  • 1260 North Riviera, Anaheim 92801

Senior Emergency Assistance Fund

During the COVID-19 crisis, seniors are among our most vulnerable population. You can help by donating to the Anaheim Community Foundation’s Senior Assistance Fund. Your support will help provide food, supplies, and resources to senior citizens in Anaheim. Thank you for your donation.

2020 Anaheim Community Impact Grant

The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) announced the launch of a new fund last fall thanks to seed funding made available by the Samueli Foundation followed by a request for proposals from non-profit service agencies for the newly established Anaheim Community Impact Grant (ACIG). The purpose of the fund is to bolster and enhance the efforts of the City of Anaheim by bringing additional supportive services to seven established community hubs  found throughout the city.

“This new grant funding opportunity is like no other funding process we’ve been involved in. The opportunity to participate in this grant funding process of identifying the highest needs of our residents and pairing these with the resources available in the community has been a true cross-collaboration effort. The Anaheim Community Services Department team is very appreciative of the Anaheim Community Foundation for bridging this relationship with the Samueli Foundation to further our mission of meeting the needs of our community.” Joe Perez, City of Anaheim Community Services Superintendent.

            This is not the first investment made by the Samueli Foundation with the ACF. Last year the foundation made a commitment to Anaheim by supporting the ACF’s strategic plan by providing $200,000 in operational support; along with $25,000 in support of the Helping Hands grant program. In addition, given the proximity of the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center, the Samueli Foundation was able to lean on its private sector resources and partner with the ACF on a shared office space concept, now called “The Hive”; home to 15 nonprofit organizations all serving the city of Anaheim.

“On behalf of the ACF Board of Directors, we thank the Samueli Foundation for being a preeminent partner in our collaborative impact,” said ACF Board Chair, Ed Munson. “Beyond financial resources, the Samueli Foundation also has brought guidance and expertise, which has deeply enriched ACF’s brand and our mission to build community through people, partnerships and pride.” 

            Resources and connections are just a few of the perks that come along with funding made by the Samueli Foundation. The biggest resource is their time! In May of last year, the foundation added to their team and hired Victoria Torres, Director of Community Impact, with the sole focus of serving Anaheim. A nonprofit capacity builder, and Anaheim native, Victoria quickly teamed up with John Guastaferro, Executive Director of the ACF, to see how she could further support the ACF and meet the needs of her hometown.

“There is no greater joy than being able to serve the community you grew up in. Building up The Hive and working with the nonprofits serving our schools and residents is just a piece of the puzzle. Learning about the goals of the city through the lens of the community foundation has been key to understanding how we as a funder can make a sustainable impact. That’s how the Anaheim Community Impact Grant was created,” Victoria Torres, Sameuli Foundation. 

The ACF and Samueli Foundation want to thank the 34 nonprofit agencies who submitted proposals last fall. The following 11 nonprofit agencies were selected for the ACIG 2020 funding cycle, totaling $150,000 dispersed throughout, to support programming at the 7 identified community hubs.

West Anaheim Youth Center – The Muckenthaler Cultural Center 

  • Currently the West Anaheim Youth Center receives a high volume of youth in the afternoon for after school programming and teen services. However, between the hours of 9am-2pm, the City desires to engage the growing population of seniors near the area. The Muck will begin offering weekly arts classes and programming to seniors in March and will run year-round.

Brookhurst Community Center – Pure Game and MomsOC

  • The intention for Brookhurst Community Center is to engage youth and families to better assist the needs that are arising in the area. Pure Game and MomsOC, will partner with the City’s S.T.A.R.S and Project Support Anaheim’s Youth (SAY) youth leadership program, to serve both existing and new families to the community center.  The concept is to engage youth through the fun sport of soccer (Pure Game) and follow up with educational workshops and trainings (MomsOC) to help support moms and dads in the community. 

Central Library – Child Creativity Lab

  • The library is excited to partner with a subject matter expert like Child Creativity Lab to enhance their S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programming by developing new curriculum to enhance their existing S.T.E.A.M. kits. Once completed, each kit will be accessible at the library for different grade levels and has the potential to be scaled up for use by other libraries in the city. 

Ponderosa Park Family Resource Center – Community Action Partnership of Orange County

  • CAP OC will offer their Economic Empowerment Program, “Your Money, Your Goals” (YMYG) to help empower and educate low-income individuals, families and teens to reach financial goals and improve their family stability.

Sunkist Library – The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Public Law Center & Project S.A.Y.

  • The Muckenthaler will expand their arts and culture programming at Sunkist Library as well, starting in March; along with various information seminars hosted by Public Law Center. In addition, through the request for proposal process, the library was also connected to the community development team at Microsoft and have plans to bring monthly trainings on computer skills and technology to senior citizens, FREE of charge!  This unique and exciting program will help bridge the multi-generational gap by partnering youth from the City of Anaheim’s Project S.A.Y. Youth Leadership Program with senior citizens to educate and assist them in learning how to use new technology in their daily life.  Microsoft will provide the training and Project S.A.Y. youth will earn community service hours and a stipend for their time and effort.

Miraloma Park Family Resource Center – The Priority Center & O.M.I.D Institute

  • The Priority Center and O.M.I.D Institute are teaming up to provide mental health and case management services to the residents surrounding the Miraloma Park FRC. The Priority Center will be providing weekly educational workshops from their School Readiness program and serve as a referral provider to O.M.I.D Institute for counseling and supportive services to clients living in and around the Park Lane neighborhood that flanks the Miraloma Park FRC. 

Oak Canyon Nature Center (OCNC) – Inside the Outdoors

  • Did you know Anaheim has a nature center? In the far east portion of the city, tucked away in the hills of Anaheim, is a beautiful piece of land just waiting for everyone to enjoy. Inside the Outdoors aims to increase attendance at the OCNC throughout the year through their established partnerships with local schools through their subject matter expertise in providing curriculum-based educational experiences that will foster development.

All Community Hubs – Love Anaheim

  • In addition to the seven selected organizations, Love Anaheim was also selected as a funding recipient with the intention of providing volunteer support and coordination to all 7 community hubs. As a component of programming, each community hub is encouraged to create community service based projects and opportunities as an opportunity to give back to their community and involve external stakeholders to garner greater community support.

We look forward to the year of programming ahead!  Follow the Anaheim Community Foundation, Samueli Foundation, the City of Anaheim Community Services Department and all the grantees listed above for more updates and stories of impact throughout the year.

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