About Us

Established in 1987, the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools (FOCPS) serves the 8th largest public school system in the nation and supports more than 213,000 students and 15,000 teachers in 199 schools.


The Foundation’s Strategic Plan was successfully refined and expanded to carry the organization through 2022, and the areas in which investments and philanthropic support will be sought – our priorities – were formalized. The Philanthropic Strategic Plan, previous Foundation 18-month strategic plan, and traditional areas for Foundation support are incorporated into this expanded Plan. The task force presented the updated plan to the full Foundation board in December 2018, where it received unanimous approval.

Our philanthropic priorities are:

  • Ensure Learning Readiness: support early childhood education, mental and physical health and wellness, and behavioral improvements
  • Invest in Teachers & Staff: provide professional development, impact and innovation grants, and investments in teacher excellence and retention
  • Accelerate Student Success: focus on literacy, access to STEM, access to arts, and efforts that narrow achievement gaps
  • Promote Success After OCPS: support career and college readiness efforts, scholarships, mentoring and alumni programs
  • Drive Community Collaborations: build meaningful relationships and partnerships with OCPS and the community, including serving as a communication hub

Key Performance Indicators have been identified for tracking and reporting to the Foundation board. Fundraising goals have also been set; incremental annual targets will be determined in the first half of FY2020 to ensure achievement of those goals.

The Foundation’s 24 member board of directors is committed to public education and brings both breadth and depth in knowledge and skills from the business community and education sector. The board confers transparency, accountability and business acumen to the Foundation, which impacts the education programs and initiatives it seeks to support and gives donors confidence in their investments.

Spotlights

Mission

To identify, develop, and focus community involvement and investments to lead our students to success.

Vision

To ensure, through community investment, that OCPS will be the top producer of successful students in the nation.

Values

Transparency
Collaboration
Stewardship
Innovation
Integrity
Growth Mindset
Donor-Centered

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OCPS Community Outreach team joins the Foundation

The Foundation for OCPS' staff now includes the OCPS Community Outreach team.
 
  • Pam Carson, Assistant Director to the Foundation & Community Outreach
  • Ermelinda Rolon, Senior Specialist (ADDitions Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kathleen Wright, Senior Specialist (Partners in Education Coordinator)
 
For more detailed information on how this enhances the Foundation's ability to fulfill its mission, please click here!