Our Dedicated Valley Giving Team

“One of the beauties of a community foundation is that people can give and direct where they want their funds to go. Donors also benefit from services the foundation offers them.” 

S. Brigette Loden, CFRE
Executive Director
 

 

“You have a say. We need you to determine how to make our community better. Working together, we’re stronger.”

Tamara Gurney
Chair, Board of Directors

About Us

Community Foundation of the Valleys was incorporated in 2003 as “The San Fernando Valley Community Foundation.” Formed by a group of prominent community leaders, it was envisioned as an organization that would solicit funding to be invested and then given back through grants to San Fernando Valley nonprofits. Unfortunately, when the great recession hit, the foundation went dormant. Under new executive leadership in 2017, Community Foundation of the Valleys’ mission is to inspire, encourage, and facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley communities.

A 2016 report showed that charitable giving has not recovered after the recession. In fact, charitable giving declined by more than $1 billion dollars in Los Angeles County. Previous research shows that out of eight program areas in Los Angeles County, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys have the highest net worth, greatest upcoming transfer of wealth, largest population (2.2+ million) and most poverty—yet, these Valleys give the least. More importantly, these Valleys don’t give local. If our communities gave just 0.5% more than we currently give, our community nonprofits would see at least an extra $300 million in revenue each year. Imagine what we might do together to facilitate beneficial social change in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys!

Community Foundation of the Valleys is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides philanthropic leadership, grantmaking, and Best-in-Class donor services to fund preferred Give Local causes solely in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Promoting “Give Back, Give Local” is the best recipe for a better community.

S. Brigette Loden, CFRE, Executive Director

With over 20 years’ experience building philanthropic support through strategic planning, donor-centered identification, cultivation, and stewardship, Brigette Loden was named Executive Director of Community Foundation of the Valleys. By continuously identifying innovative solutions and personally developing unique, philanthropic growth strategies, Brigette has raised in excess of $50 million.

As Vice President of Development for Providence Health & Services, Southern California Region, Brigette restructured the planned giving program and led the regional fundraising resource and consulting team. Her many successes include securing the second largest estate gift of $7.25 million at the time.

A lifelong volunteer, she is currently the co-leader of Women’s Ministries at her church and a leadership coach and mentor with Executive Service Corps Southern California. She is incoming President of the Executive Board of the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development and chairs its mentoring program, serves on the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners’ Western Regional Conference Program committee, as well as sits on the advisory boards of Building Healthcare for Humanity, KHTS 1220 AM Radio, and Valley Nonprofit Resources.

Brigette received the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award for not-for-profit leadership, as well as the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development’s “Outstanding Leader of the Year” award in 2016.

Tamara Gurney, Chair

“As many local nonprofits struggle to fund their services, CFV is more determined than ever to serve as a vital conduit between donors and community needs by encouraging their generosity and support.”

Tamara Gurney founded Mission Valley Bank in July, 2001. Subsequently, Mission Valley Bancorp was formed in 2005.

Tamara’s banking career began in 1974 at Bank of America in the North America division. In 1980, she joined American Pacific State Bank located in Sun Valley and eventually became the bank’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure at American Pacific, the bank grew from $80 million and one branch to a $450 million financial institution with eight branches.

Active in numerous community-based organizations, Tamara serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of the Santa Clarita Valley, and The Valley Economic Alliance.

Tamara holds a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Heath Goldman, Vice Chair

“We have a trust relationship with our donors. They rely on us to offer options, vet charities and manage funds.”

Heath Goldman is a financial specialist with more than 24 years’ experience managing complex financial strategies for his clients. He helps business owners, executive professionals, and real estate entrepreneurs develop ways to maximize their assets and income through the use of competitive analysis and the coordination of estate, business, investment, tax-exempt, charitable, and legacy planning techniques.

Prior to joining Pacific Advisors, Heath was President and CEO of ICON Wealth & Legacy Partners. Prior to forming ICON, he was a member of Sagemark Consulting’s Financial Planning team and worked for PaineWebber in its private client group.

Heath attended the University of Arizona where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and member of the University track team.

William Wolf, MBA, CPA, Treasurer

“I grew up here, I raised my family here, I built my business here. This is how I’m giving back.”

As Managing Partner at Squar Milner, William Wolf is responsible for the delivery of tax
and accounting services to businesses and high net worth individuals. He also serves as a litigation consultant in tax and accounting matters and performs due diligence and fraud investigations.

Prior to joining Squar Milner, William was a senior partner with White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt, LLP. During his 14 years at the firm, he was the partner in charge of the tax and accounting divisions. He is a published author on the use of tax returns to understand a business, tax planning in business acquisitions, and other tax matters.

William holds a B.S. degree in business and an MBA, both from the University of Southern California.

Marianne Haver Hill

“The Foundation provides a secure way for donors to support valley causes. There is value in the collective use of resources.”

In February, 2017, Marianne Haver Hill was named Executive Director of Propel LA at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), where she oversees implementation of the Countywide Strategic Plan for Economic Development.

From 1987–2016, Marianne was President and CEO of MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity, a multi-service poverty relief agency. Under her leadership, the organization grew from serving 2,000 clients to an average of 37,000 each month. MEND provides core services in job training, adult education, after school programs, dental, vision, and medical care, as well as health education clinics, emergency food and clothing distribution, homeless services, and more. While at MEND, she led a team of 34 employees and a volunteer force of 5,000. These volunteers provided services equivalent to more than 110 full time equivalent employees in donated hours to MEND’s clients.

In 2012, MEND was recognized by the Governor’s Office as the California Non-Profit of the Year. Marianne received the California Association of Nonprofit’s Excellence in Leadership Award, the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Nonprofit Leadership Impact Award, and the Valley Economic Alliance’s “Star of our Valley” award.

Marianne holds a B.A. in music from Seattle Pacific University and an M.S. degree in public administration from Troy State University.

Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Founding Member, Community Foundation of the Valleys

 

David Fleming, Esq., Senior Advisory to Senator Robert Hertzberg

 

Guillermo de la Viña, Founder and CEO, Sigue Corporation

Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Valley Nonprofit Resources

Kafi D. Blumenfield, Founding Executive Director, Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Caryn Bosson, Consultant, Facilitator, Organizational Development Specialist

Matt Kamin, MBA, Founder and CEO, Envision Consulting

Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Founding Partner, Landegger Baron Law Group

Pegi Matsuda, CFRE, President, Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation

Muhannad Malki, Vice President, InTouch Insurance Services

Danielle Niderost, Financial Advisor, NY Life Securities / Eagle Strategies

E. Kenn Phillips, President and CEO, The Valley Economic Alliance

Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Owner, Station KHTS – AM 1220

Ryan Southwick, Financial Planner, Eagle Strategies

Marianne Haver Hill, Chair, Executive Director, Countywide Strategic Plan, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Tamara Gurney, President, Mission Valley Bank

Pegi Matsuda, CFRE, President, Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation

Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Owner, Station KHTS – AM 1220

Lois Bauccio, Principal, LMB Development Services

Susan Groveman, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

Nancy Hammerman, Vice President, Sutton Capital Partners

Gail Lara, Executive Director, Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program, The Valley Economic Alliance

Teri Mazurek, Global Creative Director and Entertainment Consultant

Jenny Mikesell, Owner, Mikesell Design

Tania Mulry, Founder & CEO, DDx Media Inc./Steamwork Center

Andrea Salazar, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

Tena Yatroussis, Development and Video Marketing Consultant

Braun Family

Wolf Family Foundation

Mission Valley Bank

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Squar Milner, LLP

Bill Allen

Marianne and Randall Hill

Community Foundation of the Valleys “Give Back, Give Local” Supporters

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Stay tuned for year-end updates.