Olive Crest Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

Senator Richard D. Roth Honored Olive Crest

as District 31 Recipient

Olive Crest has been selected as 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by State Senator Richard D. Roth.

Tracy Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the Olive Crest Inland and Desert Communities will travel to Sacramento on behalf of the organization to join with one hundred other nonprofit leaders being honored by their state senators and assembly members during a celebration luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 5th.

Olive Crest was established in 1973 in Orange County to help at-risk and abused children find safe homes. Through the years, Olive Crest has expanded its service to the Inland and Desert Communities, Los Angeles County, San Diego, Nevada, and Washington state.

Over 130,000 children and families’ lives have been transformed since the organization’s inception and has grown to provide these areas of service for abused and vulnerable children and families in crisis:

Child Abuse Prevention
Homes for Children, Teens, and Aged-Out Youth
Adoption Placement and Support
Educational Support and Services
Independent Life Skills Training and Mentoring
Counseling and Mental Health Treatment
Family Crisis Intervention

CEO Donald Verleur commented, “We want to thank Senator Roth for this tremendous honor and recognition, and we accept it on behalf of all our employees and volunteers who with great passion, apply their education and servant hearts to pour life and healing into the children and families in our care.

“I am privileged to represent Olive Crest in Sacramento and all who help support our mission with their time, talents, and gifts. This is truly a great honor,” says Tracy Fitzsimmons.

“Nonprofits are often hidden in plain sight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”

California Nonprofits Day, now in its fourth year, was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 62, authored by the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), who will speak at the celebration luncheon. Senator Holly Mitchell will keynote the luncheon. The day is organized by Assemblymember Limón and CalNonprofits.

According to “Causes Count,” a 2016 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 full-time jobs every year.

About Olive Crest

Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of more than 130,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. The organization works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents.

Olive Crest’s many innovative programs reflect a conviction that strengthening the family is the most powerful way to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and the families it serves even after they have graduated from the organization’s programs.

Olive Crest serves over 3,500 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. For information, call 800-550-CHILD (2445) or 425-462-1612 or visit


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