December 27, 2012
Herb Ouida, Chairman of the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation, who was honored recently by the New Jersey Monthly Garden State Seeds of Hope program for the foundation’s work raising awareness about and promoting early intervention for childhood anxiety, issued the following statement:
“We are honored by this recognition and gratified by the progress we have made as an organization; that progress would not have been possible without the support of the Community Foundation of New Jersey,” said Ouida. “One of the most consequential decisions we made when establishing the organization was to partner with the Community Foundation of New Jersey.”
The Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) serves as the home of the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation (TOCF), among other organizations. In that capacity, CFNJ provides administrative and compliance support so that TOCF can dedicate more time to the core of its mission.
“More than $1.3 million has been donated and distributed in Todd’s name so far,” said Ouida. “The freedom to concentrate on the heart of our work – providing education, raising awareness, promoting mental health initiatives, and raising financial support for critical psychological services – and not be overburdened by administrative and compliance obligations cannot be overstated.”
“What’s more,” Ouida continued, “the Foundation staff is extremely knowledgeable, professional and just a pleasure to work with. In that way, the NJ Monthly Garden State Seeds of Hope honor is one we share with the Community Foundation of New Jersey.”
About the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation
The Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation was created following September 11, 2001 in order to celebrate Todd’s life and create a meaningful legacy. Born out of Todd’s own successful struggle with childhood anxiety, the mission of the foundation is to financially support psychological services and other mental health initiatives for children of families in need, raise awareness and reduce the stigma of anxiety and depression disorders in children, recognizing the need for early intervention, provide contact information for those seeking help.