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- Please Consider Donating!

The 2018 CPF Auction is only a few months away! Please consider donating to, volunteering for, or participating in this year’s silent auction, live auction or raffle. These fundraisers will all take place at the  APA California Conference in San Diego October 7-8. The live auction will take place the evening of Monday, October 8th.

Each year, CPF relies on generous donations from Planners and supporters of planning students throughout the state to provide auction and raffle items.  To complete the auction donation form click here. Alternatively, you can complete the PDF version of the 2018 CPF-Auction-Form  and return it to Alison Spindler at

In addition to donating planning-related items like old maps and books, crowd-pleasers include: bottles of wine, tickets to interesting events, bed and breakfast accommodations/weekend get-aways, gift certificates to restaurants and book stores. Art is always popular. Artists and photographers, strut your stuff and help CPF by donating your art!

To donate an item, volunteer, or with any questions, contact Auction Co-Chair Alison Spindler at

Sponsors and Donors get recognized at the Conference and in follow-up articles and publications regarding the CPF Auction. Thank you for your generosity in supporting scholarships for Planning students in California!

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!