2020 CSMFO Annual Conference

CSMFO Gives Back to the Community

CSMFO Gives Back!

With nearly 2,000 professionals coming together to connect and learn at the 2020 Annual Conference, CSMFO wants to use this momentum to make a positive impact in our community.  Throughout the conference, CSMFO will provide an opportunity to give back by supporting children and youth here and around the world.  Our efforts will help deserving youth excel in their academics by providing meals, scholarships and school supplies.  Read below to learn more about how together we can make a big difference.

O’Dell Scholarship Fund

Since its inception 32 years ago, the O’Dell Scholarship Fund has provided California State University students studying public administration an opportunity to defray the ever-increasing costs of higher education with annual scholarship awards. What better time to “give back” to our own scholarship fund than during our annual conference? Fees from the annual CSMFO Tennis Tournament, as well as a donation from the conference virtual fun walk sponsor, will go toward the Fund. Additionally, look for donation boxes in the exhibit hall where attendees can donate dollars to increase the scholarship fund. Together we can support the next generation of municipal finance officers.

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ABOUT CSMFO O’DELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) established the Robert M. O’Dell endowed scholarship fund in April 1987, with a gift of $71,000, primarily the result of contributions from hundreds of private sector companies in support of the 1986 GFOA Conference in Los Angeles, to honor the former city treasurer of Los Angeles. The scholarships are awarded on an alternating basis between northern and southern geographic regions of California offering degree programs in public administration. Four $2,000 scholarships are awarded each academic year.

The O’Dell Scholarship program continues to provide public administration students attending California State Universities the opportunity to defray the ever-increasing costs of higher education with annual scholarship awards. Since its establishment in 1987, the endowment fund has grown to over $102,000. The growth is attributed to annual CSMFO contributions as well as interest earnings. This has allowed the amount of the annual scholarship award to quadruple since its founding, providing CSMFO the opportunity to help an even greater number of students with interests in public administration.

Orangewood Foundation

CSMFO is collecting cash donations and school supplies to donate for the 2020 school year for children right in Orange County through the Orangewood Foundation. Exhibitors- if you have any leftover items after the conference, please bring them by the registration desk! Have new or unused school or office supplies at home? Attendees may bring items to donate as well!

Orangewood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth in Orange County. Helping almost 2,000 foster and community youth annually prepare for independent adulthood.

The “Orangewood Way” recognizes that the relationship with their youth is one of collaboration and partnership. Their staff work one-on-one with youth to help them identify their own strengths, attributes, and aptitudes to empower them to overcome their challenges and reach their greatest potential. Staff works with youth in four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. They meet a broad array of needs: from groceries and a hot meal, to transitional housing, to life skills workshops and employment leads, to the innovative Samueli Academy charter high school and scholarships for college and graduate school. If making an online donation, please leave the comment #CSMFO2020.

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ABOUT THE ORANGEWOOD FOUNDATION

Orangewood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Fed’l tax ID #95-3616628) and one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth in Orange County. We help almost 2,000 foster and community youth annually prepare for independent adulthood.

The “Orangewood Way” recognizes that our relationship with our youth is one of collaboration and partnership. Our staff work one-on-one with our youth to help them identify their own strengths, attributes, and aptitudes to empower them to overcome their challenges and reach their greatest potential. Our staff work with youth in four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. We meet a broad array of needs: from groceries and a hot meal, to transitional housing, to life skills workshops and employment leads, to our innovative Samueli Academy charter high school and scholarships for college and graduate school.

Feed Projects (FEED 10)

Your conference tote bag makes a difference!  Each bag purchased provides 10 meals to starving children in countries around the world through FEED’s initiative.

FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what they do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. FEED offers meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.  Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 after seeing the reality of childhood hunger firsthand while traveling with the World Food Programme. She created the first FEED Bag as a tangible way for her peers to get involved. To this day, every product made has a number on it, representing the school meals donated with its purchase.  These meals feed children in schools around the world, and here in America, through on-the-ground giving partners.

Giving kids a daily school meal helps them learn and play, and also incentivizes their parents to send them. Since founding, over 100 million meals have been provided, thanks to your purchases!

ABOUT FEED

FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

Hunger is a daily reality for approximately 795 million people, and one of the most effective solution to combat this crisis is school feeding. With every product we sell, we provide school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe, through on-the-ground partners.