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i❤oc Giving Day is powered by the Orange County Community Foundation, but your tweets, posts, images and social sharing offers the real fuel that will drive the 30-hour online giving marathon. This is a unique opportunity to help Orange County nonprofits increase awareness about their work and attract new supporters to further their missions. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! You get to shine the spotlight on your favorite nonprofits while introducing your family, friends and coworkers to the causes you care about most. In fact, social media is the most common and effective method of communication for i❤oc Giving Day. During the first i❤oc Giving Day last year, your efforts helped #iheartoc be seen 2.4 million times – that’s a lot of eyes! So, download our social media graphics to help generate excitement and help others give where their hearts live this year.
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Neighbors taking care of neighbors. Rather than a small-town sentimentality, that’s the kind of countywide commitment that made the 2015 i❤oc Giving Day a success. The “power of one” also proved essential to HomeAid Orange County, which won the Top Dog Prize — the award for top-grossing nonprofit – last year. Although HomeAid attracted 41 contributions totaling $54,162 during the 30-hour giving marathon, its biggest gift came in the form of a “yes” – a commitment from one of its board members to serve as an ambassador and champion HomeAid’s participation in i❤oc Giving Day. As Director of Development Anita Rodriguez explains, having one ambassador not only proved to be a winning strategy, it also demonstrates that one person can provide the spark to ignite a movement.
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They say that home is where the heart is. For all of us who call Orange County home, we will have a unique opportunity to give where our hearts live April 27-28, 2016, during the second annual i❤oc Giving Day. Are you inspired to help students through after-school programs? Support research to find a cure? Maybe art is where your heart is. Whatever your passion, i❤oc Giving Day is a great way to show your love for our community! And with 415 organizations participating this year, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to support the causes closest to your heart. You can support your favorite nonprofit by visiting iheartoc.org from your smartphone, tablet or PC during the 30-hour giving marathon. Every dollar donated will be leveraged by bonus awards and prizes to increase the impact of your contribution. Here’s how – watch our video to learn more.

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On April 27-28, you’ll have 30 hours to give where your heart lives during the second annual i❤oc Giving Day. And with 415 nonprofit organizations participating this year, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to support the causes closest to your heart. It’s not about how big your bank account is, but the generosity of your heart. It’s about giving so that others can receive. So, what’s your philanthropic passion? We’ve made it easy for you – just head over to Nonprofit Central to learn about Orange County nonprofits as you prepare for where you will be giving on Giving Day.

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During the inaugural i❤oc Giving Day, we learned that every contribution, no matter the amount, makes a collective impact for good. Mika Community Development Corp. also discovered another lesson: the power of leverage. Given that its mission is to reduce poverty in Costa Mesa by developing leaders from low-income communities, the team relies on hard work, trusted partnerships and enthusiastic outreach to change people’s lives. Mika put this winning combination into action even further last year. Thanks to the generosity of a committed donor who offered a matching gift, the nonprofit was able to turbocharge its Giving Day fundraising – bringing in more than 10 percent of its total annual revenue during the 30-hour online marathon. This feat so inspired others that OCCF is adding a way for nonprofits to promote matching gifts during the 2016 i❤oc Giving Day to extend the impact of every donation.
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