About The Raise Foundation

We’re a non-profit that is
ending the cycle of child abuse
across Orange County

"For more than four decades The Raise Foundation has been guided by a simple premise- strong, healthy families are the best solution to protecting our communities’ children."

The Raise Foundation is dedicated to stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children. Since 1974 we have grown into a dynamic, well-respected, non-profit organization serving all of Orange County. The goal of The Raise Foundation is to provide resources to strengthen families, making each family’s home a safer place for children to grow up. With over 38,000 cases of reported child abuse and neglect in the county each year, it is clear that prevention programs and services are desperately needed in every Orange County community.

A Message From Our Executive Director

5 Decades of Change

"Our work is guided by the belief that strengthening families is the best prevention tool."

Designated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors as Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council, our work is guided by the belief that strengthening families is the best prevention tool.

We believe partnerships are key to addressing the needs of families and parents and collaborate with like-minded organizations, civic leaders, and community members to offer families the support they need to keep children safe, healthy and happy.

During the past year, we reached a record number of people through our training and workshops, more than 5,000 participants joined us for free programs to help build greater awareness on protecting, supporting and nurturing children.

In response to the economic crisis families faced due to the COVID -19 pandemic- The Raise Foundation launched an aggressive effort to provide material support for families in need. During the past year, we hosted over 100 food distributions offering more than 1,500 families per week healthy, fresh fruits, vegetables and basic staple food products.

During 2021 we hosted Orange County’s 27th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Kickoff Event with a record number of attendees, as well as our annual County wide “Blue Ribbon Month” Art Contest.

Looking forward, we plan on expanding our training and community workshops, increasing our community partnerships and opening new opportunities for families to have access to great parenting resources.

Eldon Baber
Executive Director

In 2021 we plan to accomplish

80,000+

Individuals Served at 2020-2021 Food Distributions

3,000+

Families Served

2,000+

CEUs allocated in 2020–2021

Dedicated to the Families of Orange County

Our History

The Raise Foundation is dedicated to stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children. Since 1974 we have grown into a dynamic, well-respected, non-profit organization serving all of Orange County. The goal of The Raise Foundation is to provide resources to strengthen families, making each family’s home a safer place for children to grow up. With over 38,000 cases of reported child abuse and neglect in the county each year, it is clear that prevention programs and services are desperately needed in every Orange County community.

The goal of The Raise Foundation has been to prevent child abuse by strengthening families and collaborating with other family-serving agencies to maximize impact while reducing duplication of services. The Raise Foundation provides resources to build better parents, who in turn, will build better kids, and together build a better community.

"The Raise Foundation provides resources to build better parents, who in turn, will build better kids, and together build a better community."

The Raise Foundation is Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council as officially designated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors (Resolution No. 74-492) in 1974. This is in keeping with the California Welfare and Institutions Code (Section 18982) which requires every county to have a child abuse prevention council.The Raise Foundation became incorporated as a private non-profit 501(c)(3) agency in 1987 under the name The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County. In 1999, the agency name changed to Prevent Child Abuse – Orange County. In 2003, the agency name changed to The Raise Foundation to better describe our work of helping to raise happy, healthy children with a strong foundation of support.

Volunteer Spotlight

Our Volunteers help change lives

Partner with us today, and directly impact your local community

There are many ways you can volunteer, like food distributions, becoming an awareness ambassador, or joining a committee! You can volunteer as an individual or with a group of co-workers, friends, and/or with family. Your caring heart will make a real impact.

Years of Dedication

Our Team

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Executive Director

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Executive DIRECTOR

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FAMILY SUPPORT ADVOCATE
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Eldon Baber

Executive Director

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FAMILY SUPPORT ADVOCATE
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Eldon Baber

Executive Director

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INFORMATION & REFERRAL SPECIALIST
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Our Board Of Directors

2021–2022 Officers Roster
2021–2022 Members Roster

Young Professionals Board

In addition to our Board of Directors, the Raise Foundation has a very active young professionals board that meets once a month to exchange ideas on ways in which you can help the Raise Foundation achieve its mission. This dynamic group of professionals collaborates throughout the year, and for some, it leads to opportunities on the Raise Foundation’s Board of Directors.

To learn more, please email info@theraisefoundation.org

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