About Orange County Civic 50

Since 2012, The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, has recognized the 50 most community-minded major corporations in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey developed by True Impact. 


For the first time in a local market, the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ), in partnership with OneOC, presented the Civic 50 Orange County in 2017, recognizing the 50 most community-minded small, medium, and large Orange County companies. Honorees are determined using True Impact’s adapted national Civic 50 online survey that is independently administered and scored.  By benchmarking and celebrating best practices, it provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community.


Civic 50 Orange County companies are evaluated based upon the following four dimensions of their community engagement:


Investment: How extensively and strategically the company applies its resources to community engagement in Orange County, including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and public leadership.

Integration: How a company’s Orange County community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions, or how it “does well by doing good.”

Institutionalization: How the company supports community engagement in Orange County through its organizational policies, systems, and incentives.

Impact: How the company measures the social and business outputs and outcomes of its Orange County community engagement program.


Methodology and Process

The online survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the Civic 50 scoring process.  

Not all companies have the same level of resources or engagement in all the activities measured by the survey. Therefore, scoring and awards will be based on the number of employees (small 15-99, mid-size 100-499 and large 500+), and similarly sized companies will be measured within their peer group and compared only on their community engagement programs inside Orange County.  Small and medium size companies are encouraged to apply and not be intimidated by the depth of the questions asked. It is not expected that they will be engaged in all the activities included in the survey.



Why should my company participate?

Companies that participate in Civic 50 Orange County have a unique opportunity to gain recognition for their community engagement programs, take a leadership position in corporate community involvement and to share their best practices with the broader business community. Many past company participants have said that the process of taking the survey and receiving their individual scorecards with information on their rankings helped them understand how they could improve their processes and strategies in the future.



The Civic 50 Orange County consists of three main programmatic elements, which will take place between Spring and Fall:


  1. Survey launch and Application Period: May 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
  2. Orange County Business Journal will host the Civic 50 Orange County Awards Luncheon on October 16, 2019 at Hotel Irvine and publish the Civic 50 list on October 21, 2019.
  3. Sector education, continuing honoree recognition and promotion of best practices: Fall 2019.



Call OneOC’s Civic 50 Orange County survey helpline at (714) 597-8958 or [email protected] for information or assistance.