Committees

Finance

Oversee the finances of the organization and to develop the Foundation’s budget. A subset of the Finance Committee serves as the Foundation’s Audit Committee. Meets the second Friday every month at 7:30 am. 

 

Infrastructure

This committee focuses on water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure. Goals include educating the public on the importance of strong infrastructure to maintain  good quality of life, advising and educating municipal and county leaders and staff on better infrastructure management. Meets the third Wednesday every month at 8:30 am. 

 

Seligmann

This committee focus is on arts programming on the Seligmann Center property and furthering the name of Kurt Seligmann as an artist, scholar, and community builder. Meets as needed.

 

Agriculture

This committee works to educate the public on the importance of agriculture to our quality of life and economy and to advocate for continued investment and attention in the agricultural business sector. Meets quarterly. 

 

Transportation

This committee focuses on improving transit options throughout the County, expanding surface transportation where appropriate, and developing an overall vision and strategy for transportation options in the region. Meets monthly. 

 

Pathways

This committee is comprised of trail advocates and representatives of trail organizations. Goals include expansion of the Orange County Heritage Trail, development of trails throughout the region, and increased usage of trails for recreation and transportation.

 

 

Healthcare

This committee is comprised of people from the health sector and interested citizens to encourage collaboration and communication between healthcare entities and, on occasion, to provide education to the public. Meets monthly.

 

Development

This committee meets to brainstorm ways to engage new members; retain current members and enhance the membership experience through targeted fundraising efforts and exclusive membership benefits. Meets monthly.

 

IDEA

Meets the last Friday every month at 11:30 am.

 

Ottaway Medal Dinner

The Ottaway Medal, named for Ruth and James Ottaway, Sr., is presented on an annual basis to an individual who has contributed significantly to the quality of life in Orange County. The award ceremony is the largest fundraiser for the Citizens Foundation.  Meets as needed.

 

Placemaking

Placemaking is a planning tool where community members are at the core of community growth and development. Our committee works with individuals, community groups, and municipalities, as well as the public to educate on placemaking principles and to implement change. We hold placemaking tours, workshops, training sessions, and an annual conference (with awards).  Meets monthly.

 

Summer Jubilee Event

This committee plans the Citizens Foundation’s annual meeting and end of summer event that has traditionally taken place on the Seligmann property. Meets as needed.

 

Quality of Life

Meets on an as-needed basis to develop the Quality of Life Report Card and organize elected officials debates, and other events/initiatives. Meets as needed.