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Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

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Explain the purpose of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast?

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast is to ensure that every child has mentors and champions in life. Our goal is to provide equitable opportunities for all of the kids we serve so they can strive to reach their full potential.

How many people are serviced by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, who are they and where do they come from?

This year we anticipate servicing approximately 9,500 children from the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Orange and Santa Ana.

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What are the services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs?

Our Clubs provide a safe place for kids (K-12th grade) where they can explore their curiosity, build lifelong memories and achieve their full potential.  We provide an environment that provides academic support, health and wellness, intramural sports, enrichment opportunities – coding, robotics, entrepreneurship and public speaking – all wrapped up in a fun and engaging way. The goal is to provide a holistic experience that supports children through their academic careers while providing access to mentors in their lives.

Why should people give?

We believe in the potential of all children and making sure that there are never any gaps, or lack of resources that prevent them from achieving personal success.

How do you give or donate to support the Boys & Girls Clubs?

Anyone considering investing in the Club and the kids we serve can donate through our website at or mail a check to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, 17701 Cowan, Ste. 100, Irvine, Calif. 92614.

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Can someone volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are available?

Due to the pandemic, we currently have limited in-person volunteer activities, but have various virtual opportunities. If anyone would like to volunteer, they can contact the Club via our website at

Please describe any internal clubs, partnerships, committees.

The Club offers various programs for its members and families. These include Teen Empowerment, College Bound, Family Strengthening, Early Literacy, Sports Leagues and a Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). More information can be found at

What are the major fundraisers for the Boys & Girls Clubs? Please provide a description and tell us when they are.

The “BE Great Gala” is our largest annual event and is a celebration of the year achieved. It is held on October 23 at the Irvine Spectrum Marriott.

Women’s Philanthropy Brunch celebrates and honors female leaders in the community that believe in the kids we serve. The date has not yet been set, but typically it is held in February/March.

Champions Golf Tournament is a classic golf tournament that provides a great day of golf, a fun atmosphere and support for the kids we serve. The date has not yet been set, but typically it is held in April/May.

Leadership Breakfast provides an overview of the impact achieved through the year as well as a vision for what the Club is working on in the future. The date has not yet been set, but typically it is held in June.

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What are the names and titles of the leadership group, including the board of directors?


Robert Santana – Chief Executive Officer

Kristle Duran – Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Harris – Chief Financial Officer

Travis Whitten – Chief Philanthropy Officer 

Board of Directors

Wayne Pinnell – President

  Haskell & White, LLP

Shannon Tucker – Vice President

  Terrace Hill Olive Oil

Nicole Carrillo Hall – Treasurer


Anne MacPherson West – Secretary

  Joe MacPherson Foundation

Where are your multiple locations?

There are four traditional Club houses: 

Newport Beach – 2555 Vista Del Oro (949.640.6650)

Costa Mesa – 2131 Tustin Ave. (949.642.8372)

Irvine – 295 E. Yale Loop (949.551.8214)

Santa Ana – 950 W. Highland St. (714.543.7212)

We also partner with more than 60 school sites in Costa Mesa, Orange and Santa Ana.

Contact address and information:

David Blair

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast

17701 Cowan, Suite 110

Irvine, CA 92614

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714.543.5540, ext. 307

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