OCC Foundation

About the Orange Coast College Foundation

The Orange Coast Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to support the college by encouraging gifts of time, treasure and talent from alumni, campus & community members.  

A 22-member volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 17 community members, four members of the college administration, a faculty representative, and the president of the college’s associated students oversee the activities and programs of the Foundation. The Foundation has four full-time employees, an executive director and three administrative assistants. 

Since its founding in 1985, the Orange Coast College Foundation has received over $100 million that has been split almost equally between cash donations and in-kind gifts of property, boats and equipment.  As of June 30, 2018 the Foundation had an endowment valued at $22,339,369 and total assets over $32 million. 

Over the last 33 years, the Foundation has undertaken several successful fundraising campaigns and activities including efforts that resulted in the establishment of the OCC Community Planetarium, construction of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, renovation of the Robert B. Moore Theatre, construction of the Harry & Grace Steele Children’s Center, celebration of Orange Coast College’s 50th and 60th Anniversaries, the construction of a Nautical Library, and renovation of the crew facilities at the OCC Sailing Center.

Currently, the Foundation is supporting a campaign to build a new state-of-the-art Planetarium with construction scheduled open March of 2019 and the installation of an Astro Turf baseball field at Pirate Park.

Last year the Orange Coast College Foundation provided more than $700,000 in scholarship support to new, continuing and transferring Orange Coast College Students.

Boats are donated to the School through the Orange Coast College Foundation. All of the School’s boats with the exception of the Lido 14s, and the Catalina 42 “Betty” were gifts to the sailing program from private individuals.

Orange Coast College Foundation Administration

  • Doug Bennett                Executive Director
  • Elizabeth Parker           Foundation Development Specialist​
  • Rene Kinn                      Administrative Assistant
  • Sean Wellengard          Administrative Secretary