Business & Ethics Persevere in a Pandemic

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“In today’s business world, some of the biggest challenges that we face is the temptation to look after the business as opposed to the people; and I think our Catholic training has said that when you make a decision, you make it fully understanding the impact.” Annette Walker, President of City of Hope, Orange County, 2017 Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity honoree.

For the past 18 years, the Orange Catholic Foundation has presented the Conference on Business & Ethics. This premier annual event provides a forum for a faith-based community of influential business, religious, academic and philanthropic leaders who share a common commitment to ethical best practices to gather, grow and give back. As a testament to the generosity of over 800 attendees each year, approximately 15,000 students have directly benefited from tuition assistance through the Support Our Schools fundraising opportunity since 2005.

At the day of the event, generous donors and participants physically hand donation forms to students showing their commitment, support and solidarity towards Catholic education.

“Tuition assistance changed my life. It made God a part of my life on a daily basis and gave me a safe community where I was able to learn and grow, so thank you!” - Marvelle Figueroa, 2018 tuition assistance recipient.

Catholic schools have a critically important role to play in evangelization and in the mission of the Church, which is why the Orange Catholic Foundation raises much needed funds each year to support Catholic education and to help students like Marvelle.

Created in partnership with Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust in 2002, the Conference on Business & Ethics has been an uplifting and inspiring event for thousands of prominent business leaders, many who return year after year to gain valuable insight and leave inspired and renewed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event scheduled for May 15, 2020 has been cancelled and rescheduled for April 14, 2021 at Hotel Irvine. “The health, safety and well-being of our attendees, speakers, honorees and community is our priority during this time.” Sue Nunn Orange Catholic Foundation’s Acting Executive Director.

Notable keynote-speakers include Vin Scully, retired LA Dodgers sportscaster; Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York; Dr. Carolyn Woo, President Emeritus of Catholic Relief Services.

Although the conference for this year has been cancelled, the need to support Catholic Education in our diocese is crucial. To Support Our Schools please donate today at: or mail to: Orange Catholic Foundation | Attn: CBE-SOS | 13280 Chapman Avenue, Suite 430 | Garden Grove, CA 92840.

The Orange Catholic Foundation also accepts stock and wire transfer gifts, tangible gifts, and complex assets. For more information or to donate by phone, please contact 714.282.3021.

The Orange Catholic Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation that exists to serve the Catholic community of Orange County. As a foundation for Catholics, we assist families and individuals to leave a legacy uniquely aligned with their Catholic values and beliefs. The Foundation’s primary function is to raise and manage, grow and grant funds through: planned giving; major gifts; family and corporate foundation giving; and special annual events. In addition, the Foundation manages endowments and a variety of funds. The Foundation works closely with individuals to personally customize their charitable intentions and grant funds according to the fund agreement and donor’s intent.