Orange County Public Schools Philanthropic Development Office will merge with the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools effective July 1. The effort streamlines two high profile donor-centered areas for the 10th largest school district in the nation.
In June 2011, the Philanthropic Development Office was charged with securing the resources needed to implement the districtwide initiatives in the OCPS Philanthropic Strategic Plan, also known as the PSP. This comprehensive plan originally grew out a collaborative effort between the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, the school board, and the district.
The eight initiatives of the original plan were rolled out to the public in April 2013, and a committee with equal representation from the school board, Foundation board, and superintendent's leadership team continued to actively review progress, seek support, and vet revisions as well as new concepts brought forward for inclusion in the plan.
The Foundation has always been and will continue to be committed to public education and brings both breadth and depth in knowledge and skills from the business community and education sector. Now with similar goals in mind, the two offices will merge into what is the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools. This re-alignment of resources is an effort to be more efficient, to be responsive to donors and community stakeholders and to provide better customer service. The Foundation will continue to be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization under the direction of an independent board of directors, and the new OCPS Chief Communications Officer Scott Howat, will also serve as the President of the Foundation.
“We are very excited about this new model for the Foundation and the opportunities it will provide for us to achieve our mission on behalf of the students and teachers of Orange County Public Schools. This structure will reflect the Foundation’s alignment with the goals of District leadership and the PSP, and we believe this alignment will be highly valued by our donors” said Ormend Yeilding, current board chair of the Foundation.