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Jim Doti Rallies OC Business Leaders To Make Lasting Change In Community

Jim Doti Rallies OC Business Leaders To Make Lasting Change In Community

At annual “Rally for Change,” Orange County United Way honors Corporate Partners helping organization make lasting positive impact in the lives of Orange County’s families

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Jim Doti, President Emeritus of Chapman University, served as keynote speaker at Orange County United Way’s annual “Rally for Change” on September 8.

During the event, Dr. Doti urged corporate and philanthropic leaders in attendance to continue working with the organization to tackle the community’s most critical human service issues.

“United Way has a comparative advantage to help our community,” said Dr. Doti during his address. “They’re achieving this by identifying the issues, focusing on the biggest priorities, and bringing together a community of stakeholders that make Orange County a better place to live.”

Held at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, the event coincided with the launch of several corporate fundraising campaigns. These internal employee giving campaigns support United Way’s efforts to address the serious education, health, housing and financial instability challenges facing Orange County residents.

United Way Board Member and Campaign Co-chair John McGrath noted understanding the challenges facing Orange County residents and that their organizations with solutions helps motivate people to step up and make a difference.

“Many of those I spoke with today said they’ve never felt more energized and are prepared to do whatever they can to help United Way meet the communitywide goals,” said McGrath.

Orange County United Way launched the 10-year FACE 2024 community-wide action plan in 2014 to create a positive future for the next generation. The plan focuses on long-term solutions to the most critical challenges facing Orange County children and families in the areas of education, income, health and housing – the building blocks for a good quality life.

Each year during the “Rally for Change,” United Way honors companies that have made significant investments in FACE 2024 over the past year. A few of the honorees recognized for their corporate generosity over the past year include:

  • Pacific Life Insurance Company – “Dimensions in Giving Award” for encouraging its employees to give generously during its campaign.
  • Spirit of Orange County Partners  Top 10 United Way Partners
  • Flour Corporation – Leaders Society Award
  • Ernst & Young – Tocqueville Society Award
  • Automobile Club of Southern California – Live United Award
  • Eaton Aerospace – Live United Award
  • Edwards Lifesciences – FACE 2024 Award

A full Partner Spotlight may be found on UnitedWayOC.org/Corporate Partners,

“We greatly appreciate all of our partners for their commitment to our shared goals not just this year but moving forward,” said Orange County United Way President and CEO Max Gardner. “Their steadfast support in contributing to the community by volunteering time and talent while raising funds to advance our work in Orange County, are essential to improving conditions for children and families.”

The “Rally for Change” was made possible by Champion Sponsor AT&T and Advocate sponsors Western Digital and Fluor Corporation.

For more information about Orange County United Way, FACE 2024 or the Rally for Change, please visit www.unitedwayoc.org.


Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, katheriner@unitedwayoc.org

Michael Suydam
21Strat 949.981.5008, mike@21strat.com


Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County. To do this, we focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County’s children, families and individuals, we help them meet their most basic human needs, including food, shelter and medical care, while at the same time creating pathways to self-sufficient futures through education and training. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year initiative “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), United Way is mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of Orange County youth and families. Orange County United Way holds a 4-star rating from America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

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