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Our foundation was started by Pamela Wilder, Marion Schoen, and Muriel Zink. Funds raised go directly to the Pamela Wilder Scholarship Fund. We try to raise at least $500,000 every year so we may help as many women as possible.

All three founders believed that women suffering from substance use disorder needed a place in Orange County to recover and heal comfortably. A part of healing comfortably meant being among women all working toward the same goal: long-lasting sobriety.

We’re extremely blessed to have the pleasure of working with individuals and companies that want to help support sobriety. More than that, they care about the women and children affected by alcohol and drug addiction. 

In the past, we’ve held Phone-a-thons where volunteers and members of our foundation will call people asking for donations. Out of respect, we only call past donors, alumnae, and other supporters. Volunteers are encouraged to call friends and family members that might be interested. 

Also, we’ve partnered with restaurants like Wahoo Tacos to donate even more to help our clients at New Directions for Women. For example, restaurants have been kind enough to donate a percentage of revenue from purchases made during the fundraiser. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in volunteer and fundraising opportunities. 

Our Mission: “Our Foundation exists to provide investors with a forum to give enduring financial security to New Directions for Women enabling the operating organization opportunities to provide treatment for women, children, and their families, with a vision of achieving lifetime recovery and wellness.”

We have always been committed to breaking down any barriers between women entering recovery, whether that’s childcare or the cost of long-term care. Our Foundation was created to fund partial scholarships so women can stay in treatment for the extent and duration of time they need to recover from the disease of substance use disorder.

Our goal is for our clients to get the holistic care they need for their bodies, minds, and spirits to heal, not what insurance or their ability to privately pay dictates. While we don’t give 100% scholarships (we believe women and families must have some “skin in the game”), we do provide over 90% of our clients with some level of financial assistance.

First of all, thank you for your heart of philanthropy and generosity of spirit. You can use our online giving form. There’s also an option to sign up for recurring monthly donations, which really make a transformative impact over time!

Alternatively, you can call the Development Office to make a gift or pledge payment by credit card at (800) 939-6636, extension 300.

Our greatest need is for the Pamela Wilder Scholarship fund, which goes directly to help pay for the treatment of women who otherwise would not be able to afford care. There may be programs you feel passionately about and would like to specifically support, such as the onsite Daycare programs, weekly family support programs, alumnae services, and more. 

Some options may include: our children’s program, funding a therapist’s work throughout the year, or even supporting our nutrition program. Please give our Development Office a call so that we can share more information.

Our tax ID number is 20-3295837. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by IRS laws and regulations. Please call us and we can provide more specific information. We will provide a donation confirmation letter for your receipt and records!

Thank you for considering leaving your legacy at New Directions for Women, enabling us to help future generations of women and families. Please visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information, and video testimonials of other planned giving supporters.

Absolutely! We encourage all gifts of time, talent, and treasure. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout different areas at New Directions for Women.

We do accept new or gently used women’s clothes, children’s clothes, and other materials. Sometimes we are in the wonderful position of having enough toys or books. Please reach out using the contact form to inquire and schedule a donation drop off on campus. We are happy to provide a receipt of your contribution.

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