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 PO BOX 6507
 Orange, CA 92863
[P] (714) 838-3979
[F] --
[email protected]
Mike Penn
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 27-4070965 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Create and support Orange County interfaith learning opportunities, present united faith-based responses to social justice issues while encouraging respect, civility and common good. 

Mission Statement

Create and support Orange County interfaith learning opportunities, present united faith-based responses to social justice issues while encouraging respect, civility and common good. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2020
Projected Expenses $87,300.00
Projected Revenue $76,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Interfaith Youth Alliance (formerly Interfaith Youth Council of OC)
  • Community Forum Series, House of Worship Tour, Speakers Bureau, Annual Kickoff Breakfast

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Create and support Orange County interfaith learning opportunities, present united faith-based responses to social justice issues while encouraging respect, civility and common good. 

Background Statement

A few years ago there were three free-standing and independent interfaith councils existing in Orange County. Today there are 12 local interfaith councils, and if you Google "Orange County Interfaith" you get 202,000 responses. The OCIN was created to coordinate and support any and all interfaith activity and effort in the county. For example, to support the interfaith councils, OCIN established the Council of Interfaith Presidents. To facilitate the Interfaith Youth Council of Orange County, the OCIN offered its 501 (c3) nonprofit status. To encourage a united faith-based response to social justice issues in the county we created the Religious Leaders Council. OCIN established a website,, with many resources, one of which is an interfaith events master calendar which coordinates and promotes all the many worthwhile interfaith projects and events that take place in Orange County every year. 
What began in 2011 as a small group of faith leaders seeking understanding an civility among faith traditions has grown into a vital nonprofit organization with rich leadership, diverse programs, and a growing number of affiliates and partners.   

Impact Statement

Over the past year, OCIN proudly accomplished the following: 

1. Hired a part-time communications director and social media/web coordinator
2.. Implemented an internship with Claremont School of Theology
3. Produced House of Worship Tours with participation from over 115 attendees
4. Presented the third annual Community Forum Series in conjunction with Chapman University, Fullerton College, and the Orange County Human Relations, with participation from over 191 high schoolers and young adults 
5. Supported 12 regional interfaith councils throughout Orange County by providing a new database with contact information for over 250 religious organizations/houses of worship
Momentum continues for the current year as we form new partnerships with Habitat for Humanity OC and the U.S. Census Bureau.   Our goals include:
1. Hiring a part-time Executive Director at $40,000 a year to oversee new programming and fundraising initiatives
 2. Continuing internship with Claremont School of Theology to expand educational programming and curriculum development
3. Fiscal sponsorship of the Interfaith Youth Alliance
4. Doubling our Community Forum Series to include a separate set of seminars for working adults and professionals
5. Continued partnerships (with United to End Homelessness Faith Council, and by empowering regional interfaith councils to engage with civic leaders) on efforts to address homelessness in Orange County


Needs Statement

1.  Professional management:  Executive Director, Marketing and Communications Director.  $100,000+

2.  Stipends for youth interns to assist in collaborative events with partners and affiliates. $10,000  
3.   Additional capacity building in order to (a) launch a public relations initiative to inform a much broader audience of the existence and programs of OCIN, and (b) coordinate with local colleges and universities on interfaith opportunities, events, leadership training.  
 4.  A sustainable development plan that includes a full mix of revenue types.
5.  Donor/participant software that includes campaigns, communications, analytics, acknowledgement strategies, newsletters, and digital channels. 

CEO Statement

The OCIN motto is, "From dialogue to understanding and respect. From understanding and respect to wisdom and compassion. From wisdom and respect to civility!  This is the work of interfaith."

Board Chair Statement

The introduction of the Community Forum Series and the expansion of the Interfaith Youth Council (now the Interfaith Youth Alliance) have greatly enhanced the breadth, outreach and impact of OCIN.  Our work with regional interfaith councils, as well as Orange County Human Relations, have increased our capacity to work with civic leaders on social issues.  Additionally, the Interfaith House of Worship Tour has created an ongoing commitment to interfaith understanding through hands-on experiences throughout Southern California.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations are accepted through check, e-payments, in-kind donations and many volunteer opportunities, both administrative and at programs/events.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
North Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County

The Orange County Interfaith Network serves all of Orange County, with additional programs and outreach to adjacent areas of San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.  For example, the Interfaith House of Worship Tour has programs in each of those counties and participants come from throughout Southern California.  One of its strongest collaborators has been New Vision Partners, based in Pasadena, CA.  In 2019, we have taken over fiscal sponsorship of the Interfaith Youth Alliance, which has existing programming in both Los Angeles and Orange County.

Organization Categories

  1. Religion- Related - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy



Interfaith Youth Alliance (formerly Interfaith Youth Council of OC)

Supports and promotes opportunities for OC high school age youth to engage in interfaith experiences, leadership training and community service.
Budget  50,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 2019, begin hiring process for program director (at $45,000 a year) and program coordinator (at $30,000 a year) to oversee programming and expansion of IYA chapters to neighboring counties in Southern California.
Program Long-Term Success  Provide fiscal sponsorship and work with board of directors to implement plan for financial sustainability, including hiring program directors to oversee programming and volunteer staff.  Increase number of participants year over year by 10%;  participants inspired to create their own interfaith experiences within peer groups (documentation); documented effect on local grass roots efforts to enrich interfaith dialog.  
Program Success Monitored By  Documentation of participation and outcomes, participant surveys
Examples of Program Success  --

Community Forum Series, House of Worship Tour, Speakers Bureau, Annual Kickoff Breakfast

Community Forum Series: Panel discussions on topics that increase and deepen interfaith dialogue

House of Worship Tours: celebrate the rich tapestry of faiths in southern California, and promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.  
Speakers Bureau:  OCIN provides a vetted list of authors, community leaders and educators highly qualified to speak on issues impacting interfaith dialogue.
Annual Kickoff Breakfast:  held in early Fall, initiates the season of programs and events and invites the broader OC community to attend and learn about the many OCIN offerings.  Featured speaker, community dialog.
Budget  51,000.00
Category  Religion, General/Other Religion, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Fiscal goals for 2018:  $10,000 in contributions to support Community Forum Series; full financial participation of board, and an additional $20,000 raised through special events.  Increase program participation by 10% from last year.  Better ability to track activity via technology (adoption of CRM tool including online giving, and improved social media interface via Instagram/FB et al) by year end.
Program Long-Term Success 
OCIN defines success by year-over-year increase in the number of engaged program participants particularly in our youth council, increased collaboration between faith groups in Orange County, and our ability to increase financial contributions to support our programs.  Additionally, we define mission success obliquely by a decline in the number of faith-based hate crimes in the county, by tracking good-will efforts to eliminate bigotry and fear between faith communities, and by successfully engaging local civic and grass roots efforts toward that aim.  
Program Success Monitored By  Success will be measured by the number of participants to programs and events.  Current data management is through spreadsheets, surveys, member notes, and participant counts at events.  Mission success is managed by interviews, increased number of affiliates with subsequent collaborative programming, and surveys conducted on affiliate houses of worship.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Mike Penn acting
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Mike Penn, as Board Chair, serves as de facto CEO of an organization which currently has no full-time staffing.  His vast experience over four decades of faith and business leadership serve as outstanding qualities for the OCIN organization.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Rabbi Frank Stern July 2012 Dec 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Certificate of Recognition Office of Congressman Lou Correa 2017


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


The Orange County Interfaith Network coordinates the programs and activities of 12 interfaith organizations in Orange County, including all of the localized Interfaith Councils, the Interfaith Youth Alliance, the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment and the House of Worship Tour.  OCIN also works directly with individual houses of worship, educational, social service and law enforcement organizations.  It has formal collaborative relationships with:  Orange County Human Relations, Pacific Institute, Universal Heritage and Resource Center, Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University, Habitat for Humanity OC, the U.S. Census Bureau, and United to End Homelessness Faith Council.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 55
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

OCIN is the preeminent interfaith organization in Orange County, created to eliminate barriers of prejudice and bias and to build bridges of understanding among people of all faith traditions (or no faith tradition at all).  Furthermore, OCIN brings together people of diverse faith backgrounds to work collaboratively on community and social justice projects.  Finally, OCIN manages the rapidly growing Interfaith Youth Alliance, bringing together high school students from throughout Orange County to learn about their diverse backgrounds--and commit to improving our communities through collaborative projects.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mike Penn
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lisa Armony Director, Rose Project of Jewish Federation and Family Services Voting
Laura Ava-Tesimale -- Voting
Fareed Farukhi -- Voting
Don Garrick OCIN Chair for the Interfaith Presidents Council Voting
Reverend Chineta Goodjoin New Hope Presbyterian Church Voting
Ariel Hyatt Habitat for Humanity (Director of Faith and Community Relations) Voting
Maria Khani Educator & Chair of the Women Committee IIOC Voting
Angel Navarro True Financial Talent Voting
Charles Niederman President of the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council --
Mike Penn Retired Voting
Maria Elena Perales St. Joseph Justice Center (Director) Voting
Stephen Sherman OCIN Co-Chair Walking Togeather Voting
Doctor Jasjit Singh Director Children Hospital of Orange County Voting
Rabbi Frank Stern Educator & Retired Rabbi Voting
Reverend Karen Stoyanoff Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church (Minister Emerita) Voting
Tom Thorkelson Senior Sales Metropolitan Life Insurance Voting
Rabbi Marcia Tilchin -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

In addition to the OCIN Board and its standing committees, separate governance exists for:  The Interfaith Network (all 12 Council Presidents are convened quarterly); The Interfaith Youth Council (a separate Board composed primarily of a diverse group of youth leaders); and the Religious Leaders Council (clergy from diverse backgrounds).

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Audit


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $76,000.00
Projected Expenses $87,300.00
Form 990s

2017 990 N

2016 990 N

2015 990 N

2014 990 N

2013 990 N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $32,170 $2,736 $7,934
Total Expenses $18,107 $10,031 $4,029

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$11,214 $2,192 $1,104
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $8,493 $444 $6,760
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $12,463 $100 $70
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $7,392 $2,599 $817
Administration Expense $8,481 $5,182 $2,211
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates $2,234 $2,250 $1,001
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.78 0.27 1.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 41% 26% 20%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $23,459 $9,396 $16,691
Current Assets $23,459 $9,396 $16,691
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $23,459 $9,396 $16,691

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose N/A
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

As a relatively new nonprofit, the OCIN is challenged with obtaining capacity-building funding in order to transition from an all volunteer organization to a self sustaining organization with paid professional managers and staff. This will facilitate proper coordination and expansion of the Interfaith Council network and programs, including the Community Forum Series and Interfaith Youth Alliance. The objective is to have a part-time Executive Director by August 1, 2020, support staff by January 1, 2021, and a full-time Executive Director by July 1, 2022.  Taking advantage of the opportunities offered by OC Nonprofit Central and the Orange County Community Foundation represent important components of the fundraising objectives.  The fundraising goal is $200,000 for FY 2019, with primary sources being the following:  1) Foundations and other funding mechanisms without institutional faith community structure, i.e. the Episcopal Diocese of Southern California and the Jewish Community Foundation; 2) Corporate donations and grants; 3) Major gifts from supportive individuals and family foundations.  Current commitments include the Shinnyo En Foundation, Pacifica Institute and the Chisick Family Foundation. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.



Other Documents

Presentation Package (2019)

No Other Documents currently available.