About Us

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and to facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley.

As a small community Foundation that is locally funded, we have big plans to add paid staff in the Fall of 2022 that will allow us to grow and exponentially expand our grantmaking, branding, program initiatives and paid staff over the next few years. Over the past few years, we have accomplished the following:

  • Raised funds and distributed grants to 20 San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley nonprofits as part of our 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign.
  • Organized a well-received regional conference, Homelessness and Housing, in December 2021 which was co-hosted with the Valley Economic Alliance. View the conference highlights.
  • Hosted a workshop on the tax benefits of charitable giving which was attended by financial advisors, certified public accountants and nonprofit development professionals in January 2022.
  • Created a five year strategic plan (2022 through 2027) to guide us into the future.

Through our financial partner, the California Community Foundation (“CCF”), we have access to many of their financial investment services and can offer our donors maximum financial benefit simply not available to local donors anywhere else. For more information about the California Community Foundation, please visit www.calfund.org.

Executive Director - Marianne Haver Hill

Marianne Haver Hill is a visionary leader who emphasizes innovation, collaborative decision-making, and excellence that lead toward transformational social change.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Valleys, leading the implementation of a bold new strategic plan for 2022-2027 for CFV.  The Plan is designed to inspire a culture of greater generosity in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, to foment increased charitable giving to our local nonprofits, and to convene SVC/SCV sectors to work together on some of our region’s greatest social challenges.

For almost three years, she was the Executive Director of PROPEL LA – the implementation of the Countywide Strategic Plan for Economic Development, housed at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.  She supervised a team that worked with more than 500 stakeholders as they operationalized the Plan’s seven aspirational goals and 106 strategies that focused on investing in education and workforce development, creating more livable wage jobs, and building livable communities.  The fundamental purpose of the Strategic Plan was to promote greater equity and prosperity for all residents who live in the region.  Significant progress and completion were charted on 100 of the strategies, and several Plan-related and grant-funded projects were successfully completed.

Previously, Hill served for many years as the President and CEO of MEND–Meet Each Need with Dignity, a multi-service poverty relief agency in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Under her leadership, MEND assisted an average of 37,000 applicants monthly, utilizing a volunteer work force of more than 5000 and a staff team of 34 individuals.  In July 2012, MEND was named the California Nonprofit of the Year by the Governor’s Office for Volunteering and Service.  

She is currently active in leadership roles in several regional and local organizations.

Marianne is the recipient of the 2017 Valley Economic Alliance Valley of the Stars Leadership Award, the 2013 Center for Nonprofit Management Leadership Impact Award, the 2008 California Association of Nonprofits Excellence in Leadership Award, and several other commendations.  She has been an adjunct instructor in nonprofit management at the USC Price School of Public Policy.



2022-23 Board of Directors

William Wolf, CPA, Partner Emeritus
Baker Tilly

Vice President
Heath Goldman, CEO
ICON Wealth & Legacy Partners

Michael Koch, Executive Director
Southern California Counseling Center
Jocelyn Guihama
Director of Administration & Experiential Learning
UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program of Public Affairs

Executive Director
Marianne Haver Hill
Community Foundation of the Valleys

Members at Large
David Flaks

Melissa Kham
Vice President Strategic Relations
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp

Board of Advisors

Thomas E. Backer, Executive Director
Valley Nonprofit Resources, CSUN

Sonya Blake, CEO
Valley Economic Alliance

Kafi Blumenfeld, CEO

Tamara Gurney, CEO and Founder
Mission Valley Bank

Carol Kim

Alfred Landegger, Principal Managing Partner
Landegger Verano & Davis

Brigette Loden, Retired, Executive Director
Community Foundation of the Valleys

Pegi Matsuda
On Board Consulting

Muhannad Malki, President
Insurance Office of America

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

We believe that all people deserve to live with dignity and respect. We work to ensure all communities in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys have the resources they need to thrive. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all Valley residents and recognize that some people have historically experienced and continue to experience discrimination, injustice and unequal access to basic resources, community spaces, economic opportunities. We believe our overall effectiveness is enhanced when equity and inclusiveness are practiced and protected throughout our organizational governance and staffing. We are, therefore, committed to being a catalyst to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the many communities we strive to serve.