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Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation

 15642 Sand Canyon Ave., Suite 50531
 Irvine, CA 92619
[P] (949) 697-0123
[F] (949) 666.5314
[email protected]
Bill Cook, Foundation Chairman
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Organization DBA Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, OCVMP, Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Southern California Veterans Cemetery
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-5328246 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Dedicated to establishing a Veterans Cemetery in Southern California to properly and eternally honor those who have proudly served our Nation.

Mission Statement

Dedicated to establishing a Veterans Cemetery in Southern California to properly and eternally honor those who have proudly served our Nation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Projected Revenue $50,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • OCVMP Fundraiser

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Mission Statement

Dedicated to establishing a Veterans Cemetery in Southern California to properly and eternally honor those who have proudly served our Nation.

Background Statement

MCAS El Toro was the departure point for thousands of American service men and women who did not return home alive.  Being the last place they stood on the soil of the USA, this site represents a virtual Gettysburg in Orange County (now home to 130,000 Veterans). As such we quote President Lincoln, "It is all together fitting and proper that we do this."
For the Vietnamese community in Orange County, MCAS El Toro is their Ellis Island, where 50,000 war refugees first set foot in the USA in 1975.
Since the announced closing of MCAS El Toro in 1999, Veterans have passionately pursued the site for a memorial park to honor the heritage and legacy of the sacrifices represented here.
As the development of the Orange County Great Park stalled, a once and only opportunity to establish the long desired Veterans Memorial Park manifested which quickly received enthusiastic community support.

Impact Statement

Our Top Accomplishments:

1. We secured a site and passed legislation through the State of California specifically dedicated for the purpose of a Veterans Cemetery.
2. Secured appropriation from the State of California of $500,000 for the initial feasibility study and design of the Veterans Cemetery .
3. The legislation and financial appropriations were approved unanimously at all governmental levels.
Our Upcoming Goals:
1. Pursue supplemental appropriation from the State of California for site preparation and operations and maintenance, estimated to be approximately $1,500,000.
2. Construction Grants from the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs which will be released in phases over a period of 100 years. The Veterans Administration grants typically provide 90% of the construction costs, thus the Foundation will be raising the private contribution required for the balance. 
3. Ground breaking of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery; anticipated sometime in 2018.
4.  Provide honors and support for the 200,000 or more future Veteran interments at the Southern California Veterans Cemetery.  

Needs Statement

Most Pressing Needs:
1. $1,500,000 in contributions for the purposes of supporting the establishment of a state-funded Veterans cemetery in Southern California to meet the interment needs of Veterans in the area, promoting the general welfare of Veterans, organizing and coordinating events for the funerals and memorial services, recruiting, training and equipping personnel to assist as color guard during funeral services, and holding fundraisers to raise funds in support of these endeavors. various charitable activities, including, without limitation.
2. Operation funds for website, social media, flyers and promotional events.

CEO Statement

As a Marine Veteran who in 1967 departed MCAS El Toro for a tour in Viet Nam, I would like to invite and encourage all who desire to honor our Veterans, to support this very unique opportunity by way of contribution and involvement in the process.  

Semper Fidelis
Bill Cook, Sgt., USMC
Chairman OCVMP

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We will take checks by mail or in person and are looking for volunteers to help get the word out.  

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
While being located on the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, the Memorial Cemetery will serve the Veterans of the entirety of Orange County and Southern California

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations



OCVMP Fundraiser

Development and operation of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery and other programs of Veteran welfare as opportunities present
Budget  $1,500,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Military & Veteran Affairs
Population Served US US US
Program Short-Term Success  Veterans and their families will not have to travel outside of Orange County to pay respect and honor to their departed love ones.   
Program Long-Term Success 
1. To establish in Orange County a Memorial Park to provide perpetual honor and eternal rest for Veterans who have served our nation.  
Program Success Monitored By  We have legislative success at designating and funding the initial design phase of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery.  
Examples of Program Success 
  • Universal governmental support
  • Universal Veteran Organizational support i.e. American Legion, VFW, VVA, AUSA, MCL, etc. 
  • Trade Unions and Organizational support i.e. IBEW local #47, OCEA, Elks, LULAC, VCVEC
  • Numerous Faith Based Organizational support
  • Public support through donations and purchases of Challenge Coins from our website.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bill Cook USMC
CEO Term Start May 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Bill Cook  LinkedIn Profile


Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

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

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 50
Hispanic/Latino: 37
Native American/American Indian: 3
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 45
Male: 55
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Stated Previously

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Bill Cook USMC Vietnam Veteran
Board Chair Company Affiliation Petra Resource Management
Board Chair Term May 2014 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. Zeke Hernandez USA Veteran
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation LULAC
Board Co-Chair Term May 2014 - May 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Nick Berardino USMC Vietnam Veteran Gen. Manager OCEA (Ret) Voting
Mr. Brian N Chuchua Businessman TREASURER Voting
Ms. Isabelle Krasney Veteran Advocate Orange County Veterans Employment Committee Voting
Mr. Pat Lavin USMC Vietnam Veteran IBEW Local #47 Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 51%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $5,000 $900 $800
Total Expenses $2,539 $0 $795

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,000 $900 $800
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense -- -- --
Administration Expense -- -- $795
Fundraising Expense $2,539 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.97 inf 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% nan% 0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 51% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $2,461 $900 $5
Current Assets $2,461 $900 $5
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $2,461 $900 $5

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Raise funding to promote promotions and future activities
Campaign Goal $75,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

This organization received IRS letter of determination in November 2014 with no income to report. There is no financial history.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.