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Tustin Community Foundation

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Causes: Community Foundations, Philanthropy

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.

Results: Since 2007 the Tustin Community Foundation has contributed more than $250,000 in grants and awards to more than eighty community-wide programs. In addition, we have connected volunteers to causes they care about, collected food, clothing, books and other items to assist those in our community who need support.

Target demographics: Major Program Areas: Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Children & Youth, Community Development, Education, Health & Wellness, Human Service, Seniors and the broad general needs of the community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 38 deserving area nonprofit organizations through grants, donations and volunteer assistance ... which means we helped hundreds of people!

Geographic areas served: The Greater Tustin Area includes the City of Tustin and portions of Irvine, Santa Ana and unincorporated Orange County.

Programs: annual community grantmaking that addresses current and emerging community needs; a Volunteer in Tustin program that connects people with causes they care about and helps area nonprofit organizations find new members volunteers; the Patriots & Pioneers program that recognizes the sacrifices of our current service people as well as pays tribute to the local heroes who lost their lives in the service of our county; and annual food, pajama and socks & underwear drives to help those in our community who can use a hand-up.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful that the greater Tustin area has a non-profit like the Tustin Community Foundation. I am a president of our local art council, and frankly, I don't know what my organization would do without the the help we receive from the Tustin Community Foundation! We were fortunate enough to receive two substantial grants from TCF over the past year. It is because of the very hard work and dedication of their board and volunteers that my art council is able to to fund the arts and music education to our Title I schools in our district. The Tustin Community Foundation graciously donates items to our annual opportunity drawing fundraiser and shows further support by attending our public art events. They fill a huge void in our community by holding clothing and food drives for our seniors and other groups. The Tustin Community Foundation has a heart for giving in our city and we are blessed by their efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TCF has become an integral part of the Tustin community, helping many other non-profits and making direct contributions of its own. Everywhere you look, in every season of the year, TCF volunteers are there supporting community organizations. Their Superhero award program is one way in which they offer recognition to the volunteer community, and it is a much-appreciated tribute. The Foothill Communities Association sponsored me for a Superhero award last year due to my work on some land use issues, and I consider my cape a real honor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored by the American Legion Post 227 as a superhero. What an amazing acknowledgment! I could not be more grateful. The Tustin Community Foundation, in my opinion, is the pride and joy of Tustin. By supporting Tustin charities many citizens are assisted, with dignity and respect. to the basic necessities of life. What greater gift or reward is there? Bravo and well done!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was one of the Superhero Volunteers of the Year for 2018. Before this year, I had not heard of this event. However, seeing all the different organizations come together to recognize, not only the individual, but the organizations they represent was a terrific thing. This shows the Community Foundation's love for the city and how it encourages people to be more involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tustin Community Foundation is synonymous with giving in the greater Tustin area and I am so proud of the tireless and ongoing work they do for the benefit of our other nonprofits and schools. Whether it be donating uniforms to the local school band, pajamas to children in need, awarding generous grants to organizations which help our less advantaged residents--Tustin Community Foundation consistently goes above and beyond in giving back. Volunteering for their fundraising events is always a fun and rewarding effort, and in this way everybody wins. We are so fortunate to have Tustin Community Foundation in our lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tustin Community Foundation is a vital organization that supports so many wonderful nonprofits in Tustin! Thanks to fundraisers supported by the wonderful TCF volunteers and sponsors, grants are established to help provide needed funds to those nonprofits. Tustin Community Foundation has made such a difference in our community!

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Robert F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tustin Community Foundation does a great service to our community by partnering with other non-profits and community organizations and helping to spread the word and share the love where needed. They are a great "go-to" resource for anyone looking to volunteer or in need of help. Their recognition event, to honor the volunteers of many organizations throughout the Tustin community is top-notch, and really brings together many of the familiar faces of the most generous servants of Tustin. I am very happy to have learned about TCF and all that they do, and am honored to have been a part of their mission, and will continue to tell everyone about their service.

Sarah M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit professional who has worked closely with the Tustin Community Foundation, I know the well-being of the community is their top priority. In addition, the organization's transparency is apparent, and they were a pleasure to work with.

Antoinette Naddour B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tustin Community Foundation brings together multiple nonprofits to collaborate and provide a holistic array of services to the community. Their work is tremendous and inclusive and it is a pleasure working with them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We were a brand new non profit organization, however our work started well before we were actually able to register ! With planning and getting together a board as well as building programs we will one Day have to offer we’ve had a lot of rough nights but worked hard Thru our hearts and put our minds together and made it happen. Thru this when we registered as a non profit organization, Tustin Chamber of Commerce was amazing. They introduced themselves to us and immediately there were there and invited us to join the Superheroes of Tustin & two volunteers were recognized, I was one of them. I was so glad and it meant and still means the world to me. After so many days of work and sweat and then actually registering and quickly within months American Disciples Angel’s Project was able to put on Easter Baskets and games for kids in need and their families , we had a few very special families that we helped out durin April and November and then the toy drive at the holiday times. It was an eye opener seeing what these kids wanted for Christmas and how their moms and dads would do anything to have their beautiful children have “something to open on Christmas morning “ and to see the moms and dads faces when they came to pickup gifts , price less and emotional !
I did not volunteer to get recognition or awards and I don’t expect anything from the people that I help in return and sometimes you don’t get a thank you or don’t hear a good job for months , but you just keep going and so when I was contacted and told that I was being recognized it really gave me the recharge I needed to keep going and then I met the MOST AMAZING WOMAN and that is Erin Nielsen Tustin Community Foundation and she , to this day answers my silly questions and allows piston events and just always is there when I need her. She makes me feel like I am definitely not the only one when things aren’t great and has great advice and I would love to become friends with her on a more personal basis and as I have met people along the way , and each one is very special, Tustin Community Foundation stands out to me because Erin is so special and she goes out of her way , like she knows I needed and still need volunteers and makes sure we know when there is an event TCF has for matching volunteers to organizations. Just a great foundation and great people holding it up and making it work for everyone! I missed the superhero lunch this year , but We already have one of our amazing superhero’s picked out for next year and can’t wait to find the other one and sign up with Tustin Community Foundation. Thanks for all you do and especially Erin thank you for being you. No one can train anyone to have the deep care and love that you hold.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tustin Community Foundation goes above and beyond, investing in and supporting its community. They have donated fresh new pajamas to the teen girls of Laurel House for several years. We love that they bring our "Superheroes," the volunteers of our nonprofits together for a celebratory luncheon, recognizing their acts of volunteerism and service to the community. Thank you, TCF, for all that you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TCF is a wonderful community partner and neighbor! Both the Orange County Rescue Mission and the Hurtt Family Health Clinic are so blessed by their support and partnership in so many ways. We are thankful for the role that TCF plays in our community and the way they serve our great city!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with TCF has allowed me to volunteer with some of the most amazing people! I have made life-long friends, served my community and had fun doing it. Thank you TCF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tustin Community Foundation is such a worthwhile organization. I have volunteered to help with various events and this is such a well run Foundation, it is a pleasure to be associated with them. Please consider donating or volunteering. You will not be sorry.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TCF is a fantastic community organization in so many ways. First, it's efficiency in raising and passing/granting monies and supplies for Tustin charities is ridiculously high -- in the 90%+ range. They do this by using an "army" of community volunteers, sponsors for all the expenses they can offset, and practically nothing to salaries. Second, TCF has a tremendous track record of successful events. I believe they conduct over 14 fundraising events annually. Third, I stress the "FUN" part of fundraising. TCF gives the community an entertainment and experience value at the fundraisers. Lastly, TCF has great Exec Director leadership who drives the operations AND develops and maintains tight network with all the charities. Great work Erin and TCF Board.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group does so much with so little. Very efficient. Very creative approaches to getting community involvement and donations. The group redirects all the donations to such a wide, diverse array of local charities and causes. Keep going on!

Board Member

Rating: 3

As Board President of a small Tustin non-profit, Tustin Dollars for Scholars, I can not say enough wonderful things about Tustin Community Foundation! The first assistance they gave our group came in a wonderful newsletter format that they generously shared with us! Next came the participation by the director in our major fundraiser, The Kentucky Derby Party, as a "jockey" for 4 years in a row! TCF has given our group many opportunities to become known in Tustin. By being invited to participate with the many other non-profits, TCF serves as the conduit to make our city a great place to live. We have participated in their fund raising events and have honored our volunteers of the year at Tustin Community Foundation's HEROES LUNCHEON. TCF consistently keeps us informed about Tustin activities and graciously advertises Tustin Dollars for Scholars events.

Our group's purpose is to raise money for scholarships for local high school seniors. One way we do this is by selling hamburgers and hotdogs at the summer Concerts In the Park. TCF awarded us a $500 grant to purchase a new bar-b-que! Two years later they awarded us another grant to purchase a customized canopy! This has made it possible to award additional scholarships! Thank you TCF for what you do for our community, and for your support of Tustin Dollars for Scholars.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tustin Community Foundation staff and volunteers work their butt off throughout the year in putting together community events that are fun and engaging, and most importantly, that raise funds for their grants that they distribute in support of the arts, children, homeless, education, and more. It's a pleasure working with a true community partner that wants the best for Tustin. Tustin is very fortunate to have TCF!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

TCF is an amazing non profit agency, that not only is always ready to help wherever is needed, but also adapts to the needs of its community. They truly understand what needs to be done to better our community and they are not afraid to do the work. On the contrary they embrace it. I have been lucky enough to receive their support in many occasions , through food drives, pajama drives and underwear and sock drives. All the items collected were distributed to families in need in Tustin and surrounding areas. This might seem small thing to some people, but it made a huge difference in the life's of the children and their families.
I also have to add that none of these wonderful things could happen, without the incredible group of people that are the members of the foundation and the
leadership of an amazing and selfless person like Erin Nielsen. Always ready to roll up her sleeves and go to work in benefit of her community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TCF is an excellent example of an effective community based organization. At work in the greater Tustin community, TCF events and fundraisers provide essential funding for other local non-profits that deliver services directly to those most in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

TCF is unique as it serves the greater Tustin area by providing other non-profit service providers with grant funds to grow and enhance their ability to serve those most in need. TCF is a well-run organization led by Erin Nielsen, an energetic and forward-looking Executive Director.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tustin Community Foundation is the example that we all want to follow in regards to non profits in Tustin, CA. The accumulation of sponsors and donors are necessary to provide organizations such as youth sports teams, high school organizations, and other very important non-profits with grants to help fund their programs. I am proud to be part of this group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Tustin Community Foundation is one of those unique organizations that truly puts their fundraising efforts toward the betterment of the community. I am always most impressed by their grants program, which puts significant monetary awards in the hands of local organizations who truly need the help.