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The Raise Foundation

 2900 Bristol St, J201
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (714) 884-3421 x 106
[F] (714) 884-3163;;;
[email protected]
Eldon Baber
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Organization DBA Child Abuse Prevention Council
Former Names Prevent Child Abuse-Orange County (1999)
The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County (1987)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0240178 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

As Orange County’s official child abuse prevention organization, The Raise Foundation™ is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children as well as training opportunities for professionals in the field. 

Mission Statement

As Orange County’s official child abuse prevention organization, The Raise Foundation™ is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children as well as training opportunities for professionals in the field. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,606,803.00
Projected Revenue $1,625,824.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Advocacy and Referrals

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

As Orange County’s official child abuse prevention organization, The Raise Foundation™ is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children as well as training opportunities for professionals in the field. 

Background Statement

The Raise Foundation is Orange County’s Official Child Abuse Prevention Council as designated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 1974. 
We became a service-providing non-profit 501(c)(3) agency in 1987 and changed our name to The Raise Foundation in 2003. 
Today we fulfill our role as Orange County's designated Child Abuse Prevention Council, preventing child abuse by working to strengthen families and collaborate with other family-serving agencies to maximize impact while reducing duplication of services.  
In Strengthening Families: A Guidebook for Early Childhood Programs, the Center for the Study of Social Policy identifies five “protective factors” that appear to reduce the occurrence in families of child maltreatment (Center for the Study of Social Policy, Strengthening Families: A Guidebook for Early Childhood Programs, Second Edition, July 2007). The protective factors are:
  1. Parental resilience
  2. An array of social connections
  3. Adequate knowledge of parenting and development
  4. Concrete support in times of need, including access to necessary services, such as mental health
  5. Social and emotional competence of children


This research-based approach to reducing child abuse has been our guide in the development of all of our programs.  We use varied approaches to fight child abuse on every level here in Orange County .  Our delivery methods include:
  • The Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Public Awareness & Community Support
  • Training for Professionals in the field
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Parent Education
  • Resources in Motion- Mobile Resource Center
  • Countywide Awareness Campaigns

Impact Statement

Being a child should not hurt. We believe that every member of the community, whether they have children or not, plays a role in ensuring child in Orange County are safe, healthy, and happy. 

Needs Statement

For over forty years, The Raise Foundation has been providing valuable services to at-risk families in Orange County. 
In Orange County there were 31,162 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect reported to county officials last year. In 2016, ten children died from child abuse and countless others suffered bodily and emotional harm. With our goal to prevent child abuse, thousands of families have turned to us for assistance and support such as during our food distributions where we help at least 800 families monthly, basic needs drives, services through Family Resource Centers (FRCs) where we have staff in 7 of the 15 offices, and our annual Adopt-a-Child Wish List Holiday Project.  The economy has taken a lasting toll, not only on the families that we serve, but on agencies that provide services and funding that supports the work we do. The more mindful and generous the community, the safer, healthier, and happier our community's children will be.

CEO Statement

Of all the messages we share about the prevention of child abuse and neglect, one we’ve noticed that has especially
resonated deeply with the community and the media is: “Being a child should not hurt.” The Raise Foundation, Orange County’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC), continues to work diligently with the community to do all we can to strengthen families so that children can thrive. To do this, we need the help from everyone in the community to be water watchers, Chosen Child Checkers (to ensure no child is left unattended in a motor vehicle), child advocates, and donors of both basic needs items and crucial funds to help underwrite the programs and services we offer. We are honored to collaborate with, and in many cases, lead committees and task forces.We also work closely with community partners,
educators and schools, law enforcement agencies, the business community, and our lay leadership and volunteer Ambassadors to advocate for the safety and overall well-being of children.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The Raise Foundation’s Young Professionals BoardLooking for networking opportunities? Want to help make a difference in your community? Interested in building your resume? Then this is the group for you!The Kids’ Table is a group of young professionals working with The Raise Foundation to help strengthen families. They believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe and healthy home. They come to the table once a month on behalf of kids; planning fundraising events, basic needs drives and awareness campaigns to support the work that The Raise Foundation is doing in Orange County. Friends of RaiseThe Friends of Raise mission is to raise awareness of the work that The Raise Foundation is doing on behalf of children and families in need in Orange County.  Their fundraising efforts ensure that we are able to continue that critical work.  

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Because child abuse and neglect occur in every zip code in Orange County, we strive to serve and reach all communities in Orange County, California through Family Resource Centers as well as with our mobile unit  "Resources in Motion," trainings/conferences, and awareness campaigns.  

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. Youth Development -



Family Advocacy and Referrals

Our Family Resource Center model of service provides case management and neighborhood-specific referrals for families. Using the FRC model allows families to receive a multitude of services in one location. Our Community Resource Specialists are knowledgeable and well-connected in the neighborhoods where they work. They are able to pass on these tools and resources to families in order to make finding services possible even for those clients with barriers (ie: lack of transportation, language barrier, no time to seek help). 
Budget  $1,000,000,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family Preservation
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  The first goal of all staff at The Raise Foundation is to provide the immediate support that a family is seeking. Relieving stress for a family is crucial in ensuring that a home is safe for children. The  loss of a job or a major medical expense are two of the many reasons we see families in crisis. Their urgent needs are often a basic needs such as food, diapers or bedding. Once the immediate needs are met and the family is stabilized we can assess other issues they may be facing. We believe that it is crucial to ensure that children's basic needs are met first and foremost.  We provide a support network for parents to empower them during times of crisis and set them back on a path to self-sufficiency. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Our Family Advocates create lasting positive outcomes for the families they serve. They assess the needs of each unique family and address them accordingly. Often a family will come to a resource center during a time of crisis or transition seeking only basic needs. After building a trusting relationship with a Family Advocate they are open to receiving other services such as counseling, domestic violence intervention, housing referrals, health care enrollment assistance, tutoring for children or parent education. This model truly moves families toward sustainable futures and empowers parents to provide stable environments for their children. 
Program Success Monitored By  Each Family Advocate creates a case plan unique to the family they are serving. There are several factors that we have identified as common among families in crisis. We assess each of these on intake and follow up with each family to determine if services are helping them. All of our programs are modeled after the 5 Protective Factors. Our goal is to ensure that all factors are present in the homes of the families we serve upon closing a case. 
Examples of Program Success  A family recently came to our FRC in Stanton requesting basic needs. A mother and her four children; 3 young boys and a teenage daughter. At the time they were living in a local motel room. Upon assessing their needs our Family Advocate discovered that the younger children were behind in school, the older daughter had been sexually abused by another resident at the motel, 4 of the family members were not insured and the mother suffered from mental illness. Our Family Advocate created a case plan for this family and little by little their needs were met. Transitional housing was found and their apartment was filled with items from our basic needs program. The daughter received counseling services to cope with her abuse history. The boys were placed in an after school tutoring program at the FRC. All members of the family were enrolled in health insurance which allowed the mother to receive treatment for her mental illness. This family came to the FRC for food and left with a brighter future. 


CEO/Executive Director Eldon Baber
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ana Fernandez Program Coordinator --
Tracy Garcia Operations Director --
Reylena Lopez Program Director --
Gary Taylor Program Coordiantor --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Beneficiary of Annual Prayer Breakfast Irvine Exchange Club 2017
Beneficiary of Annual Prayer Breakfast Irvine Exchange Club 2016
Disneyland Community Service Award - Health Category DIsneyland 1999


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Blue Ribbon Task  Force (Chair), Buena Park Collaborative, Center of Excellence/WE CAN Coalition, Child Abuse Prevention Council Conference Committee (Chair), Child Death Review Team (Co-Chair), Child Death Review Team Sub-Committee, Children's Trust Fund Commission, Child Welfare System Improvement Partnership, Clinic in the Park Collaborative, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Work Group, Drowning Prevention Task Force, Eliminating Racial Disparity and Disproportionality Advisory Committee (ERDD), OC Children's Partnership (OCCP) - (Designated Member), Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) (Co-Chair), UCI End to Domestic Violence Initiative  

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 32%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 15
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 19
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Jason Starkman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jason Starkman State Farm Insurance
Board Chair Term July 2016 - July 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2012 - July 2014

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Andrea Arciniega Capitol Group/American Funds Voting
Bobby Barzi Fodada Voting
Jerrold Clarke Wells Fargo Advisors Voting
Donald Clause PE, BCEE ARCADIS U.S., Inc. Voting
Blake Garrett CCIM The Reef Group Voting
Terry Gomez Real Estate Mavens Voting
Nicky Grismer Wells Fargo Bank Voting
Christina McSparron Rutan & Tucker, LLP Voting
Sandra Murray MD, FAAP UCI Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics Voting
Sarah Odegaard JD Snell & Wilmer, LLP Voting
Kyle St James JD Rutan & Tucker Voting
Jason Starkman Jason Starkman State Farm Insurance Exofficio
Andrew Suen Moss Adams Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

 We also have a Young Professionals Board (YPB) currently with six members.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,625,824.00
Projected Expenses $1,606,803.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2017 Financial Statement

2012 Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,479,905 $1,646,260 $976,799
Total Expenses $1,505,551 $1,560,529 $1,029,255

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$54,427 $121,653 $148,886
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $1,344,125 $1,479,854 $773,247
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,189 $0 $2,084
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $30,914 $43,627 $49,364
Revenue In-Kind $46,204 $34,424 $16,157
Other $3,046 $1,126 $3,218

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,280,044 $1,311,088 $832,331
Administration Expense $201,885 $223,802 $165,104
Fundraising Expense $23,622 $25,639 $31,820
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.05 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 84% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 28% 16% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $363,357 $433,988 $285,166
Current Assets $362,508 $430,097 $281,108
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $50,001
Current Liabilities $171,326 $216,311 $103,219
Total Net Assets $192,031 $217,677 $131,946

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.12 1.99 2.72

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 18%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and financial statements as well as consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.