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The diverse group of businesses on the IPSF’s Top 100 List include two $100,000-plus donors Maruchan and the city of Irvine, global brands such as Google and Konica Minolta, as well as some of Orange County’s most influential corporations, including Hoag Hospital, Angels Baseball, Broadcom, Wells Fargo, FivePoint and Ingersoll Rand/Trane.
“We are proud to live in a professionally diverse community that allows us to build rich partnerships with companies across many industries,” says. Neda Eaton, president and CEO of IPSF. “With their support, we are able to fulfill our vision of providing students with opportunities that prepare them for the future workforce.”
Corporate giving to IPSF last year, including the city of Irvine Challenge Match Grant funds, totaled more than $2.6 million.
Not all of the Top 100 companies are household names, or based in Irvine. We had to research the company that’s No. 4 on the Top 100, Howard Core Company, a donor at the $50,000-$99,000 level. Turns out they make string instruments and related products, including bows, strings, cases and more. But the many musicians and music teachers in IUSD schools already knew that!
One could dine out well by visiting restaurants that help Irvine schools and made the top 100, including Puesto, Break of Dawn (a favorite for breakfast, located in Laguna Hills), Arc Food & Libations at SOCO, Habana, In-N-Out Burger and TAPS Fish House & Brewery. With Total Wine & More also a donor, adult beverages would also be available.
Need to dress for dinner? Fashionable donors include Neiman Marcus, Tillys and South Coast Plaza, with jewelry from Gorjana and Michael John Jewelry.
All of these socially responsible companies and the many others on the Top 100 list are investing in Orange County’s future by ensuring local youth have access to educational resources that will enhance their academic and future success.
“These partnerships have provided a foundation for IPSF to fund grants that allow teachers to bring new, innovative curriculum to the classroom, build maker spaces to foster creativity and collaboration, and bring the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program to every high school in Irvine,” Eaton says.
For a full list of the IPSF Top 100 businesses, visit: https://ipsf.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-19-Top-100-List-8.5x11.pdf)