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Philanthropic Giving

Philanthropic Giving Mission

It is the goal of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association to make charitable gifts to non-profits in the spirit of assisting the advancement of the status of women and children in law and society in matters including, but not limited to:
  1. Offering legal, education, awareness, and prevention services to the women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
  2. Gender discrimination, harassment or bias against women.
  3. The unmet legal needs of females and children, particularly programs that support and improve the administration of justice.

Philanthropic Giving Application Policy

One time each calendar year, the OCWLA board shall review all applications for OCWLA’s philanthropic giving. All submissions must be received by January 31. After the submissions are received, each applicant will be assigned to an OCWLA Philanthropy Committee board member who will learn about the applicant organization. The board member should consider speaking with the applicant and conducting a site visit. Philanthropic gifts may range up to $5,000 per organization in a one year period. Maximum gift amounts may be modified by the board.  Grants will be awarded during the first quarter of the year.

Any OCWLA board member who is affiliated with an organization that submits an application for a philanthropic gift, either as a member, board member, or officer, shall refrain from voting on that organization’s gift from OCWLA.  

In deciding which organizations should receive philanthropic gifts, OCWLA’s board should consider the following:

  1. Whether the gift will facilitate volunteerism and community service by members of OCWLA.
  2. Whether the gift will bring positive public attention to OCWLA.
  3. Whether the gift will meet OCWLA’s philanthropic giving policy.
  4. Whether the goals and objectives of an organization are consistent with OCWLA’s philanthropic giving application mission.
  5. Whether the Organization is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
OCWLA shall observe the following limitations, and should not make philanthropic gifts to the following organizations:
  1. Organizations having a religious, political or lobbying purpose, unless these activities are incidental to the primary organizational mission.
  2. Organizations whose primary function is to allocate funds to other charitable organizations or projects.
  3. Projects that will take place outside Orange County.

Philanthropic Giving Application Requirements

  1. All applicants must complete the OCWLA philanthropic giving application form.
  2. Applications must be scanned and submitted electronically only to info@ocwla.org.
  3. Applicants must provide the following information:
    1. Organizational information
    2. How the philanthropic gift will be used
    3. Amount of the philanthropic gift requested
    4. Organization’s 501(c)(3) status
    5. Financial statements for last two years
    6. Current year operating budget
    7. List of Board members
    8. List of Staff of the Organization or organizational chart with staff names
    9. Copy of Organization’s current bylaws

The OCWLA Currently Supports The Following Organizations

OCWLA is proud to announce charitable contributions being made in 2018, with proceeds raised in 2017. Charitable contributions include:

WHW, Formerly Known As Women Helping Women

Donation: $5,000.00

WHW, formerly known as Women Helping Women, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of providing the unemployed and the underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.  Since 1993, WHW has served over 90,000 job seekers referred by over 275 partner agencies at no charge.  Each year thousands of job seekers participate in programs focused on equipping each of them to be the most marketable candidate for the job they seek. WHW envisions a day when every person in Orange County who wants to work enjoys gainful employment.

Girls, Inc.

Donation: $5,000.00

The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves girls ages 6-18 at more than 1,400 sites in 400 cities across the United States and Canada. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.

Elder Law & Disability Rights (ELDR) Center

Donation: $3,600.00

The ELDR Center believes that low income seniors and people with disabilities are among the fastest growing vulnerable populations falling into a gap in our justice system. ELDR Center is committed to filling the justice gap by providing free and low cost legal services and education to seniors and people with disabilities.

Project Youth OCBF

Donation: $1,000.00

Project Youth OCBF (Orange County Bar Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. The programs of Project Youth OCBF empower youth and families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

Project Hope Alliance

Donation: $1,000.00

There are more than 28,000 homeless children attending Orange County Schools. For over 25 years, Project Hope Alliance has been ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

Hands Together

Donation: $1,000.00

The long term objective of our Academic Excellence and Kindergarten Readiness program is to prepare our 125 pre-k students for kindergarten every year. Hands Together believes that participation in an established early childhood education program for low income children directly leads to better educational and social outcomes.

CASA of Orange County

Donation: $1,000.00

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a non-profit organization serving our county’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteers who advocate for their best interests.

The Collaborative Courts Foundation of Orange County

Donation: $1,000.00

Collaborative or “problem solving” Courts are specialized court tracks that address underlying issues that may be present in the lives of persons who come before the court on criminal, juvenile, or dependency matters. These life-changing programs involve active judicial monitoring and a team approach to decision making, and include the participation of a variety of different agencies, such as Probation and health treatment providers.

Laura's House

Donation: $1,000.00

Laura's House provides domestic violence-related services to the 915,000 residents of Orange County, California and beyond. Over the past 22 years, Laura's House has provided shelter and supportive services to more than 4,000 abused women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 50,000 persons.


OCWLA thanks its members and sponsors for their generous support and contributions, and looks forward to partnering with members, sponsors and the community, to carry forward the OCWLA’s commitment to the community, women in the legal profession, and all those who support their advancement.

The OCWLA Has Also Given Support To The Following Organizations

El Viento

Caterina's Club

Women Helping Women

Project Short Stop

Human Options

Public Law Center

Orange County Bar Foundation

Olive Crest

Casa Teresa

Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Project Access

Project Military Sexual Trauma at Veterans Legal Institute

UCI Law Domestic Violence Clinic

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