About Us

Who We Are

Orangewood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Fed’l tax ID #95-3616628) and one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth in Orange County. We help almost 2,000 foster and community youth annually prepare for independent adulthood.

The “Orangewood Way” recognizes that our relationship with our youth is one of collaboration and partnership. Our staff work one-on-one with our youth to help them identify their own strengths, attributes, and aptitudes to empower them to overcome their challenges and reach their greatest potential. Our staff work with youth in four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. We meet a broad array of needs: from groceries and a hot meal, to transitional housing, to life skills workshops and employment leads, to our innovative Samueli Academy charter high school and scholarships for college and graduate school.

Beyond our programs, for thousands of youth in our community Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.”