The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools was founded in 1987 by local business and community leaders, and is the sole designated direct support organization of OCPS. As such, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and serves as the official philanthropic arm of the district.

The Foundation became part of the Communications division of the district in July 2016. In July 2017, the Community Outreach team, including Partners in Education, ADDitions Volunteers, the Superintendent’s Faith-based Advisory Council and other efforts, became part of the Foundation as well. The Foundation successfully optimizes this structure and alignment for positive results.

The Foundation partners with the school board, fellow nonprofits, and all individual and corporate donors to advance its purpose of investing in our children today to strengthen our community tomorrow.

Student success drives all Foundation funding priorities:

  • Ensure Learning Readiness – support early childhood education, mental and physical health and wellness, and behavioral improvements (initiatives include Full-Day VPK, A Nurse in Every School and the Homeless Education Fund)
  • Invest in Teachers and Staff – provide professional development, impact and innovation grants, and investments in teacher excellence and retention (initiatives include Teacher Impact Grants, Schools of Innovation Grants and the Superintendent’s Leadership Fund)
  • Accelerate Student Success – focus on literacy, access to STEM, access to the arts and efforts that narrow achievement gaps (initiatives include Read2Succeed, Access to STEM, the Arts Access for All Fund and City Year Orlando)
  • Promote Success After OCPS – support career and college readiness efforts, scholarships, mentoring and alumni programs (initiatives include DPC Certified Schools, Scholarship Funds, Hall of Fame and the Super Scholars Success Initiative)
  • Drive Community Collaborations – build meaningful relationships and partnerships with OCPS and the community, including serving as a collaboration hub (initiatives include Community Outreach Schools, Partners in Education, ADDition Volunteers and the K-Ready Community Fund)

In addition to raising funds collaboratively with schools and departments to support vital programs, the Foundation handles the annual employee giving campaign, OCPS Gives, and plans and organizes fundraising events such as Top Talent and the Fore Our Schools golf tournament. It also serves as the fiscal agent for more than 175 school and district funds, and seeks resources to support districtwide initiatives.

Invest in Our Schools
Monetary and in-kind gifts enable the Foundation to support initiatives and programs designed to help students succeed. When you purchase the newly redesigned “Support Education” license tag for your car, $20 will help support OCPS students, teachers and schools.

For more information or to make a gift, contact the Foundation at 407.317.3261 or visit

2019-20 School Year Impact Report
Through partnerships with corporations, foundations, small businesses and members of the community, the Foundation provided more than $2.5 million in support last school year. Annually, the Foundation manages more than $1.5 million in district and school funds, and more than $3.6 million in invested funds. Here are just a few examples of impact:

  • More than 34,350 students and 262 teachers benefited from Teacher Impact Grants
  • Almost 1,400 students strengthened their literacy skills through Read2Succeed
  • Girls from all 20 high schools participated in the second annual GenWOW mentoring event
  • The second annual Top Talent competition went virtual, drawing support from viewers in 23 states and two countries during its “live” broadcast
  • More than 56,700 volunteers contributed 563,300 volunteer hours, which equates to $13.5 million of in-kind contributions to help support schools and district programs
  • More than 2,600 local businesses assisted schools through Partners in Education

We invite you to contact us to discuss how you can invest in Orange County Public Schools and help lead all our students to success!