Supported Organizations

The Nicholas Endowment was formed to provide meaningful support to the following named organizations:

CHOC Foundation

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Since opening its doors in 1964, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has provided the highest quality medical care to children. Their regional health system includes a state-of-the-art 232 bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo, and five community clinics — plus over 100 additional programs and services. With admissions growing by 91% over the last ten years, CHOC and CHOC at Mission combined rank as the 16th busiest children’s hospital in the country. Children’s Hospital of Orange County provides children and families access to inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care regardless of their ability to pay.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Mission San Juan Capistrano is the most historically significant site in Orange County, and its only mission. The Mission is committed to engaging the community at large as it serves thousands of people each year in a variety of ways. Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange, but runs generally independently as a historic site with a professional team of event planners, accountant, executive director, administrative staff, conservation team, museum staff, custodial staff, and maintenance crew. It is also home to 54,000 fourth graders each year studying California history as mandated by State curriculum for history and social sciences. The Mission is proud to be the only mission in the State that provides a multi language audio tour for adults and another audio tour designed just for kids. A cornucopia of inspiration, education, and preservation, Mission San Juan Capistrano works to provide an inspired learning environment and ensure its long term preservation to allow for a thriving place of pilgrimage and daily worship.

Pacific Symphony Association

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The Pacific Symphony has grown over the past 30 years to a nationally acclaimed orchestra, now the third largest orchestra in California and reaching more than 250,000 people every year. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, the Symphony is recognized as an outstanding orchestra making strides on both the national and international scene as well as in its own burgeoning cultural community. With 100 live performances each year (classics, pops, chamber, family, student and youth), and 20 innovative programs that foster musical understanding and education, the orchestra is able to better connect with the community and welcome new and diverse populations to symphonic music. In addition to the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, in 2007-08 St.Clair added to the list of youth programs the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings.

South Coast Repertory

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South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964, is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost producers of new plays. In its three-stage Folino Theatre Center, SCR produces a five-play season on its Segerstrom Stage, a four-play season on its Argyros Stage, plus two annual holiday productions. SCR also offers a three-play Theatre for Young Audiences series, and year-round programs in education and outreach. Today, as South Coast Repertory enters its landmark 45th season, the theatre stands on three strong pillars — artistic vision, a dynamic audience and exemplary community leadership – and is committed to the belief that theatre is an artform with a unique power to illuminate the human experience.

St. Margaret's Episcopal School

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St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is an independent preK-12 college preparatory school located in San Juan Capistrano, California. The School was founded in 1979 and has since grown in size to over 1200 students. Small classes and personal connections between students and teachers are the hallmark of the SMES experience. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is a diverse community dedicated to developing the whole child. The mission of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership, and service.

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

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The Bowers Museum promotes education and understanding by bringing the world’s great cultural art to people of all ages. The museum first opened its doors in 1936 as a city-run museum devoted primarily to the history of Orange County. Today, as one of Southern California’s finest museums and Orange County’s largest, the Bowers offers more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, an honor that only 5% of U.S. museums receive. The Bowers has also developed partnerships with the Smithsonian, the Nanjing Museum, the Shanghai Museum, and the British Museum, among others, to bring national and international exhibitions from the greatest museums in the world to Southern California.

Justice for Homicide Victims

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Justice for Homicide Victims is a non-profit organization that provides support in dealing with the pain and suffering associated with the homicide of a loved one. Our mission is to be the champion of the legal rights of survivors of homicide victims by providing them information about victim rights in all aspects of the criminal justice system. We assist homicide victim survivors by helping them cope with a complex legal system and law enforcement officials, by providing an understanding of their role in the criminal justice system, by counseling and referrals to appropriate agencies set up by the state for various forms of assistance.

The Ocean Institute

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The Ocean Institute was established as the Orange County Marine Institute on July 12, 1977 and has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 110,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them. On weekends, the doors open to the public for a sneak peek into how ocean science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners.

UCI Foundation

Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine is a driving force of innovation and discovery in Southern California. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s best with achievements in a broad range of fields. UC Irvine is also among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system, with more than 27,000 students, nearly 2,000 faculty members and 8,800 staff. Orange County's third-largest employer, the university generates an annual economic impact on the county of $3.6 billion. Three UC Irvine researchers have won Nobel Prizes. The university is noted for its excellent research and graduate programs, an extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and a growing number of professional schools and programs of academic importance and social significance.

UCLA Foundation

California’s largest university, UCLA enrolls approximately 38,000 students per year and offers degrees from the UCLA College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the top five universities and colleges nationwide in total research-and-development spending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awarded federal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in an annual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. The university’s health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employs more than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 350,000 living alumni and has been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.

University of California/Regents of the University of California

When it first opened its doors in 1869, the University of California had just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the UC system includes more than 220,000 students and more than 170,000 faculty and staff, with more than 1.5 million alumni living and working around the world. UC’s ten campuses, governed by The Regents, at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day.

Harris myCFO Foundation

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Believing that philanthropy is important to the health of our communities and recognizing that many individuals appreciate strategic giving as well as simplicity when it comes to giving, the Harris myCFO Foundation was created to assist individuals in facilitating such giving. It is the goal of the Harris myCFO Foundation to bring funders and grant-seekers together and to foster learning about the programs and activities in our communities and around the world that make a difference.

Orange County Community Foundation

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The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) has been helping to steward the dreams and legacies of Orange County’s generous citizens since 1989. OCCF works with individuals, families and others who are philanthropically inclined to match their charitable interests with the needs of the community. As one of the largest funders of local nonprofits, OCCF also helps build the capacity of nonprofits, granting more than $120 million since its inception to meet community needs. OCCF’s mission is to encourage, support, and facilitate philanthropy in Orange County.