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Tustin Community Foundation

One Foundation Helping Many

aka TCF   |   Tustin, CA   |  www.tustincommunityfoundation.org

Mission

The purpose of the Tustin Community Foundation is to promote and advance philanthropy in the greater Tustin area. By partnering with its donors, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions that effectively address ever-changing community needs. The Tustin Community Foundation is supported 100% by donations from individuals and corporations and is not funded by the City of Tustin nor does it receive taxpayer dollars.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Ms. Erin McPherson Nielsen

President

Gene Micco

Main address

P.O. Box 362

Tustin, CA 92781 USA

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EIN

33-0558228

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Grants

In order to support the community and those organizations which also serve the greater Tustin area, the Tustin Community Foundation has instituted a COMMUNITY GRANT program.   Each year TCF awards grants for a broad array of charitable purposes in the areas of education, arts and culture, health and wellness, children and youth activities, social services, and for general community programs that improve the well-being of the residents of the greater Tustin area.
 
In addition, every spring, in conjunction with the Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Steering Committee, the Tustin Community Foundation selects one or two Tustin area non-profit organizations to receive a donation from event proceeds that the organization will use for their community service programs to benefit Tustin area residents.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Since 2013, the Foundation has collected new pajamas (sizes 2-18) to distribute to children in need throughout our community and in 2016 we added pajama collections for our needy seniors. Last year over 600 pair were collected and distributed through the Tustin Santa Cop program, the Tustin Family & Youth Center, Laurel House, Families Forward and to every "Little" and "High School Big" in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Families and volunteers tell us that these pajamas are much appreciated.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Connecting people with causes they care about benefits both the volunteer and the nonprofit organization.  Community members and companies connect with Tustin area nonprofits needing members and event volunteers through VOLUNTEER IN TUSTIN on the Tustin Community Foundation website, VOLUNTEER SPEED MATCHING and CLUB RUSH events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Tustin Community Foundation's LIVEgreen program aims to raise environmental awareness and increase motivation for conservation and recycling in the greater Tustin area.

Population(s) Served
Families
Immigrants and migrants

The SUPERHEROES OF TUSTIN Community Volunteer Recognition Luncheon is held annually as a tribute to those who volunteer their services to our community. Business leaders, city officials, friends and neighbors join together to celebrate the efforts of  local non-profit organizations, schools, churches and community volunteers. Over 50 local nonprofit organizations take part each year and over 400 people have been named a "Superhero of Tustin" since 2009.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In 2013 the Tustin Community Pride Committee came under the wings of the Community Foundation.  TCF was thrilled to continue their projects and infuse new life into their activities. 
 
Approximately 100 homes, neighborhoods and businesses are recognized with a coveted "Tustin Pride Holiday Display Award" in their yard during each holiday season.  This popular program grows every year with both home and business participants as well as an increasing number of visitors to the well-lit neighborhoods.
 
Each Spring TCF distributes Landscape Beautification Awards to homes and businesses throughout greater Tustin. A tour of the gardens is on the drawing board.
 
TCF's "Done in a Day" committee falls under the Tustin Community Pride committee.  Past projects have included cleaning and painting all of the booths used by the City for the Chili Cook-Off, Tiller Days and other activities.  The committee has also decorated the Olive Crest youth homes, collected books for the library, conducts an annual Socks & Underwear Drive for Tustin school children and runs food drives for the Tustin Area Senior Center, seniors in need, and the Tustin Police Department giveaway program..

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

CA Nonprofit of the Year 2019

State of California

Nonprofit of the Year 2010

Tustin Chamber of Commerce

Top 10 Award 2017

The District at Tustin Legacy

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Ethnic and racial groups, Young adults

Related Program

Project Pajamas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2024 - TCF Followers: 1189 - TCF FB page 609 - Volunteer in Tustin FB 2425 - Tustin Rocks FB 241 - Tustin Area Man/Woman of the Year FB 541 - One Seed Community Garden Instagram 1100 - TCF Instagram

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Volunteer in Tustin

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community needs, events & activities are highlighted through our email blasts. Not only do we send fundraising invitations, these emails connect local volunteers with us and our supported nonprofits.

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families, Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Community Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of nonprofit organizations & schools receiving financial assistance from TCF has increased each year. 113 Nonprofits & 31 Interfaith organizations are invited to monthly Nonprofit Connects

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Tustin Community Foundation (TCF) is a tax-exempt public charity with a goal to increase philanthropy and improve the quality of life in greater Tustin. The Foundation is not funded by the City of Tustin and does not receive taxpayer funds. An umbrella organization, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the community by raising funds from a wide range of donors and though Foundation events and pooling them together to help them meet a wide range of community needs.

The major goal of the Foundation is to increase the number of TCF grants awarded to deserving organizations, schools and programs. More than 100 local organizations, schools or school organizations have received Foundation Grants since 2008, including support for programs to feed the hungry in our community, financial support to assist after-school homework programs, funds for youth sports equipment, senior activities, as well as grants for art and music programs to enrich the community. In addition, the Foundation increased direct donations to nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID pandemic, independently and in partnership with the City of Tustin.

Aiming to strengthen the Tustin area through philanthropy, the goal of the Foundation's Volunteer in Tustin interactive website is to connect volunteers to causes they care about and the purpose of the Community Calendar is to help nonprofits and schools publicize their events, programs and activities to a wider audience. The Foundation sponsors free Disaster Preparedness Training seminars in conjunction with the local police department, low cost CPR Trainings and annual Teen/Parent Safe Driving Seminars with a goal to increase these programs and add more in the next few years.

The Foundation's LIVEgreen program aims to raise environmental awareness and increase motivation for conservation and recycling in the greater Tustin area. The Tustin Community Foundation's purpose is to affect positive change, create opportunities and enrich lives to help secure a strong and healthy future for greater Tustin and its residents.

The Foundation is truly "one foundation helping others" and as income grows, so will the Foundation's ability to touch more lives.

Donors want to support worthwhile causes in their community and since the Tustin Community Foundation (TCF) works to identify community issues and opportunities, donors can be assured that their donations will be used locally where they will have the most impact. The Foundation's strategy for accomplishing their long-term goals is to make more people aware of the Foundation and what they do. Specifically, TCF will:
1. Promote TCF programs in the "Community Ties" newsletter, on the TCF website, through social media, at all City of Tustin events and through personal visits with local service clubs, schools and organizations.
2. Spread the word about TCF at small, neighborhood gatherings to build a donor pool and increase awareness of the Volunteer in Tustin program, Tustin Emergency Recoverty Fund and a new Endowment program, Forever Tustin.
3. Continue to build the TCF volunteer base. TCF is agressively looking for "40 under 40" volunteers to form an active auxiliary.
4. Foster continued relations with all recipients of TCF Grants and the City of Tustin.
5. Continue to conduct an annual Community Needs Assessment to better understand the actual needs of the community.
6. TCF will continue to keep overhead low while retaining efficiency.

These building blocks will lead to future success because community awareness leads to more volunteers, donors and grant funding opportunities.

The people involved are the Tustin Community Foundation's greatest resource. The Board of Directors is a diverse group of recognized leaders from the greater Tustin area who serve without compensation and provide overall direction and policy for the Foundation. Members of the Advisory Council are selected for their knowledge of community issues and their desire to serve the common good. The Advisory Council members chair the various Foundation committees, activities and events. The Executive Director is experienced and competent and uniquely qualified to bring community leaders together to coordinate efforts. The Foundation has an excellent relationship with the City of Tustin and Orange County leaders.

Since TCF's restructure in 2006, everyone involved has actively worked to lay a strong foundation to secure future success in supporting the area's most pressing needs. Events, programs and activities are in place and continue to grow in both attendance and profit. Nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the community now view the Foundation as an innovative and valuable resource and, along with community residents and businesses, look to the Foundation to provide a variety of services and guidance. Donors will be attracted to the Foundation because the Foundation is able to take the initiative to meet emerging issues and positioned to be a problem solver. As the Foundation grows, so will its ability to further serve the community.

In early 2008, a survey conducted by the City of Tustin in found that only 21% of those surveyed were familiar with the Tustin Community Foundation. Since then, TCF has greatly increased their general visibility by:

*The Foundation's "Community Ties" newsletter is sent to 3500 email addresses monthly.
*Information on the Foundation's H2O-Help 2 Others voluntary water bill donation program is mailed to over 45,000 customers and is always listed on the Tustin city website. The number of enrollees increases quarterly.
*Hits on TCF's website and social media pages continues to increase. The website has been updated on a consistent basis since 2008 and is now viewed as the "go to" site for information on community activities and nonprofit organizations.
*TCF hosts a Pancake Breakfast at the City Easter Egg Hunt and participates in most City sponsored community activities including the weekly summer Concerts in the Park, Chili Cook-Off & Street Fair and the Holiday Tree Lighting.
*The number of annual donors and participants to the Foundation continues to increase each year.
*Guests and sponsors continue to increase at the Tustin Thanksgiving Breakfast and Tustin Mayor's Inaugural Dinner, major TCF fundraising events.
*More than 60 local nonprofit organizations, booster and service clubs, schools and programs apply for Foundation Grants annually.
*Unfortunately, the Foundation has been unable to start an endowment fund. All fundraising is done through event tickets, sponsorships and individual donations.

The Tustin Community Foundation continues to guide collaborative efforts to provide effective solutions to community problems. TCF believes that through partnerships with donors and nonprofits, a better place to live, work and play can be created... not just for today, but for generations to come. The Foundation is only limited by funds received.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Tustin Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gene Micco

Tustin Community Bank

Term: 2019 - 2024

GENE MICCO

Tustin Community Bank

MARY LYNN COFFEE

Nossaman LLP

FRANK REYNOLDS

The Reynolds Group

DENISE CASSIN

Community Leader

CRISTINA CROUTH

Foster Greatness

CHRISTINE URIBE

Community Leader

RICHARD NELSON

Foothill Communities Association

CHARLOTTE WAGGONER

Community Leader

NOELLE MINTO

Minto & Associates

TONY WONG

Badune Networks

SUSAN VRANICH

CareCredit Orange County

MORGAN GALLAGHER

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

ROBERT NELSON

Tustin Police Department

NATHAN CHANDLER

Vinyl

LEE FINK

Brower Law Group

LASENDA WESSON

City of Tustin Community Services Commission

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/21/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.