The CPF Annual Auction is the main fundraiser for the California Planning Foundation.  The Auction takes place each year at the APA California Confernece.  CPF was established in 1971 as APA California’s nonprofit foundation. If you are a member of APA California, you are already a member of CPF. Relying on your donations and fund-raising activities like the auction, CPF annually awards approximately $50,000 in student scholarships and memberships in APA.

2018 CPF Auction- Thank You for Your Generosity!

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated or participated in some other way in the CPF Auction and Raffle at the 2018 APA-California Conference in San Diego October 7-10, 2018.  Thanks to the generosity of Planners across the state, we raised nearly $20,000 to support scholarships for planning students across California!

This year represented the beginning of a strategic planning process to ensure CPF is able to raise needed funds for scholarships by diversifying our fundraising activities.  Outside of the auction an raffle, planners donated generously to the new CPF Diversity Scholarship, a second Diversity Scholarship to enhance our ongoing efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the planning profession and be responsive to the increasing needs of California’s planning students.

To find out more or to contribute to next year’s auction, contact Auction Co-Chair Alison Spindler at

2017 Auction was a huge success- Thank You All!

California planners were extremely generous during the California Planning Foundation (CPF) annual auction and fundraiser held during the 2017 APA California Annual Conference in Sacramento. As a direct result of this incredible generosity, we raised over $34,500 for CPF’s Student Scholarship Program!  We raised $28,200 during the exciting live auction, including proceeds from bids and direct donations from our many “Friends of CPF.” Cash donations received during the live auction from our many ‘Friends of CPF’ totaled just over 50% of the auction proceeds raised. We raised $2,200 during the silent, and in just two days, we sold almost $4,100 in drawing tickets!

Many thanks to our seasoned planner/auctioneers Jennifer Lilley, AICP and Steve
Preston, FAICP and our guest auctioneer Mike Boswell, AICP. They each brought
enthusiastic support and fun to the auction, and for that they each deserve a BIG ‘thank you’ for their efforts. The live and silent auctions supported our ongoing fundraising for three special endowed scholarships in honor of former CPF Board members Ted Holzem, Virginia Viado, and Frank Wein. We are so pleased to be at our endowment goal for the Ted Holzem scholarship and very close to our goal for the Virginia Viado scholarship endowment.

We also had a great fundraising launch for our new Frank Wein scholarship endowment. We are so pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship in honor of past APA and CPF President Frank Wein, FAICP. The annual scholarship will be endowed by APA CA and CPF. For most of career as a planner, Frank Wein volunteered his time in service to APA, AICP, and CPF. In addition to serving on the California Chapter Board from 1980-1989, including four years as president, Frank was president of CPF for eight years. He raised money for scholarships, served as an AICP tutor and exam counselor, and served on the board of a low-income housing development corporation. In addition, he managed a consulting office and taught at the University of Southern California and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His commitment to APA and AICP is a measuring stick for all who serve the organization. He was inducted into FAICP in 1999 and a member of the Planners Emeritus Network.

We launched our fundraising effort for the new Frank Wein Scholarship during this
year’s live auction and received $6,650 from friends of CPF and the Planners Emeritus
Network, making significant progress to our $10,000 goal for 2017-18. If you’d like to
support this scholarship, please donate online at

Of course, we could not have done any of this without all of YOU so on behalf of the
CPF Board of Directors, we offer a BIG ‘thank you’ to all of our supporters, sponsors,
and friends of CPF!