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Funded by employee donations that are company matched, Cox Charities has a diverse advisory board of Cox employees that reviews funding requests and evaluates programs to ensure that our giving is meeting the needs of our local communities. Nonprofits organizations (within our Orange County, Palos Verdes, San Diego and Santa Barbara footprint) with a program aligned with our focus areas are encouraged to apply July 1-31.

Our application period is now closed. Recipients will be notified September 2021. 

Cox Charities funds organizations that focus on the following:


  • Animal welfare

  • Arts

  • Events (i.e. galas, walks/runs)

  • Health & Wellness (i.e. disease prevention, health related missions)

  • Foundations

  • Specific individuals

  • Labor or fraternal organizations

  • Organizations that discriminate

  • Non 501(c)3 designated organizations

  • Recreational sports teams and clubs

  • Religious or political promotion

  • Travel


Recipients will be selected by considering a number of factors, including the following criteria:

  • How well does the project align with the Cox Charities focus areas.

  • The overall impact and need of this program in local communities.

  • How clearly does the proposal define program objectives and projected outcomes?  

  • What are the metrics in place to measure the program’s overall successes and/or future opportunities?

  • Does the program have a robust communication strategy to promote the program externally, collaborate with stakeholders and share the program’s outcomes?

  • Note: Grants are typically between $2,500- $10,000.

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