In 1998, the City of Camarillo established the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, Inc., as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. The City Council appointed a 15-member Board of Directors to operate the Foundation, which continues to meet the first Wednesday of every month. The Foundation’s Mission Statement is as follows:
To preserve, restore, operate, and maintain the Camarillo Ranch as an historic site in partnership with our public and private sectors, on a self-sustaining basis; to foster its place in the rich history of California; to transform it into a focal point of the community for education, enrichment, and enjoyment; and to exhibit our diverse history and culture.
The Camarillo Ranch was gifted to the City of Camarillo by the Centex Corporation in 1997. Centex had acquired the property from a member of the Camarillo Family. Beginning in 1999, the Foundation initiated the renovation of the 4.5-acre property, including the 1892 Camarillo Ranch House, 1905 Mule Barn and stables, as well as the surrounding gardens.
The Foundation is working to make the Camarillo Ranch a prominent Ventura County venue for community events, school field trips, weddings, private parties,and film shoots. All revenue earned from event rentals benefits the maintenance and preservation of this historic property.