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Our History
In 1981, a concerned group of private citizens and community leaders established the Orangewood Children's Foundation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and raised more than $8 million towards the construction of the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center). The volunteer-driven effort continued when the Foundation produced an additional $3.2 million for the subsequent expansion of the Home in 1992. Eighty percent of these funds were raised through donations from the private sector.

Ongoing special projects funded by Orangewood Children's Foundation help to keep facilities at the Orangewood Children & Family Center in peak operating condition. The Foundation continues to support the Center and its young occupants, providing a wide range of programs, activities, equipment, supplies and necessities for the children who reside there. In addition, several hundred volunteers provide hands-on involvement and activities for the children at the Center, supporting the Foundation's efforts through the generous donation of their time and talent.

Orangewood Children's Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of more than 30 prominent business and community leaders.

Chief Executive Officer, Chris Simonsen, provides the leadership that sustains the organization. Simonsen has been with the Foundation since 2007 and oversees the Foundation's highly successful programs and provides guidance and direction to its staff and volunteers.

Two self-directed volunteer auxiliaries, 44 Women for Children and Orangewood PALS (Providing Assistance, Love and Support), devote themselves to supporting the Foundation's programs for children, fundraising, public awareness and special event activities.

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