Pacific Life Foundation Honors Human Options at the Annual Grants Reception

$7.25 Million in 2020 Funding Announced at Grants Receptions in Lynchburg, VA, Omaha, NE, and Newport Beach, CA

The Pacific Life Foundation held its annual Grants Reception in Newport Beach, CA on the evening of January 28, where more than 155 Southern California nonprofits were awarded $2 million in grants.  

Of special significance was the announcement of the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award. This year’s recipient was Human Options, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every person and family in Orange County experiences safe, healthy relationships and lives free of fear. Since 1981, Human Options has impacted the lives of more than 38,000 individuals affected by relationship violence. In addition to receiving a beautiful whale statue to commemorate the award, Human Options was granted $100,000 to put toward the program of their choice. 

The Newport Beach reception marked the last of three Grants Receptions hosted by the Pacific Life Foundation in January. During the Grants Reception in the Lynchburg, VA office on January 14, a commitment to donate $500,000 in grants to local nonprofits and K-12 schools in 2020 was announced. On January 15, the Omaha, NE office hosted their Grants Reception announcing funding of $580,000 in grants by year end.

These receptions provide a unique opportunity for attendees to network and mingle with their peers in the nonprofit arena. “We often hear from the attendees that they get more out of attending the reception than a grant check and good food,” said Tennyson Oyler, President of the Pacific Life Foundation. “They also tell us that the chance to discuss the issues impacting Orange County and collaborate with other organizations focusing on similar missions is of utmost importance. This is a source of pride for me, as these folks are often the change makers in our communities. Sharing our passion for making our world a better place makes us that much stronger.”

During brief remarks at each event, Pacific Life’s 2019 total giving and impact was announced, as well as the company’s 2020 community goals and vision. In the coming year, the Pacific Life Foundation will give $7.25 million in charitable funding to nonprofit organizations across the nation.

The three events ended with additional networking opportunities and a very big thank you to all attendees for their continued hard work and dedication to making our communities a better place. 

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