Meet O.C.'s next generation of arts donors — they want to do more than write checks

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Her mother cooked dinners for struggling families, and his parents put him in Boy Scouts. But while Reshma and Ryan Block came from civic-minded homes, philanthropy wasn’t yet on their radar. Not until they hit a low point.

It was about eight years ago, during the recession, and Reshma had lost her job in the IT industry. The Aliso Viejo couple, who had just adopted their first child, were burning through their savings.

Then a friend described a give-to-receive philosophy: Might their own financial situation improve if they gave away money? They made their first donation, for $1,000, to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. A few months later, Reshma found work as an IT consultant. Even without the turn of fortune, however, the Blocks were hooked.

Today their family foundation gives away as much as $70,000 a year to such organizations as CHOC and the South Asian…

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