The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning in California. CPF achieves this goal through its primary activity of scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at planning programs throughout California. In 2015, CPF awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to California planning students.

Our planning community lost two of our very best this past year: Ted Holzem and Virginia Viado. Virginia and Ted were both active member of APA California and served on the Board of the California Planning Foundation. In their honor, we have established two new scholarships. We are reaching out to our community of planners to honor the tremendous contributions of these two individuals through these memorial scholarships. You can also make a general donation to support CPF scholarships.

Donations can be made securely through Paypal at the links below, or by sending a check to the following address, made out to “California Planning Foundation”:

Hing Wong, CPF Treasurer
P.O. Box 30522
Oakland, CA 94604

If you have any questions about donating to CPF, please contact Hing Wong at

NEW CPF Diversity Scholarship

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is now fundraising to create 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. The intent of the CPF Diversity Scholarships is to assist the next generation of underrepresented planners to reach their potential through higher education, so that they may continue to thrive and, when working in the profession, be a voice for their communities.

In-keeping with APA’s Diversity and Inclusion Vision, Mission and Strategy and AICP’s Code of Ethics, CPF believes that with greater diversity in the profession, we can be more creative, effective and just, and bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of planning and to the communities we serve. A second CPF Diversity Scholarship will allow us to increase opportunities for underrepresented groups to become professional planners – thereby better equipping these students to perform inclusive planning and to more-effectively work across diverse communities. To that end, criteria for qualification for the CPF Diversity Scholarships include:

  • Minority race
  • Minority ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Tribal affiliation
  • First in family to attend college (first-generation student)
  • And like all CPF scholarships, financial need and academic excellence.

Please donate generously to help CPF establish a second and ever-so-critical CPF Diversity Scholarship.  Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship already!

Frank Wein APA California Scholarship

Frank WeinFor more than half his life, Frank Wein served on the AIP, APA and AICP board in one capacity or another.  He was on the CA Chapter board 1980-1989, including 4 years as president, and he 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.  He also managed a consulting office and taught at USC and Cal Poly Pomona.  He was inducted into FAICP in 1999. Frank passed away on January 24, 2011, at the young age of 59, and while CPF appropriately named the auction after him for 6 years, CPF and the CA Chapter board both thought it appropriate to set up a scholarship fund in his name.   In September 2017, The APA-California Chapter Board voted to provide $10,000 in matching funds!  The APA-California Chapter board wishes to recognize Frank in his memory and honor for the many lasting and important  contributions thatFrank has made  to the CA Chapter, CPF, PEN, and his service to the national chapter.  With the matching funds promised by APA-California, only $10,000 more must be raised to reach a $20,000 endowed scholarship which will be named “APA California Scholarship in Honor of Frank Wein, FAICP.”  We need your help to reach that that goal!

Please support the Frank Wein APA California Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship in Frank’s honor.

Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship


Ted spent the majority of his career at Mintier Harnish, where he began as an Assistant Planner in 2003 and was promoted to Principal Planner in 2015. His professional contributions received frequent recognition, winning awards from the American Planning Association (APA). He established the Sacramento Valley APA Young Planners Group (YPG), which received national recognition and became a model for YPG groups across the country. Ted served on the California Chapter APA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, and was elected to the California Planning Foundation Board of Directors in 2014.

Please support the Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship in Ted’s honor.

Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship


Virginia Viado received her degree in planning from Cal Poly Pomona. She was very involved in her profession and worked as a Senior Environmental Planner at AECOM. Virginia was also active in the American Planning Association (APA) having served on the California State Board of Directors for years in a wide variety of roles. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for the California Planning Foundation, taking on a major role coordinating our annual auction for many years, prior to stepping down in 2011.

Please support the Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship in Virginia’s honor.

Make a General Donation to CPF

In addition to support for Ted and Virginia’s scholarships, we also welcome your support for student scholarships at any of the levels below:

  • Sustaining Level Sponsor: $5,000 minimum (donation is awarded over the next 5-years)
  • Platinum Level Sponsor: $2,000 – $4,999
  • Gold Level Sponsor: $1,500 – $1,999
  • Silver Level Sponsor: $1,000 – $1,499
  • Bronze Level Sponsor: $500 – $999
  • Friend of CPF: $300 – $499
  • Financial Aid Associate: $200 – $299
  • Student Advocate: $100 – $199
  • Scholarship Supporter: Less than $100 (all donations amounts are greatly appreciated)

Other Information

If you would like to contribute to CPF in other ways, such as establishing a scholarship as part of estate planning, establishing a permanently endowed scholarship, or by contributing to a specific scholarship, please contact Hing Wong at

All donations are acknowledged at the annual CPF Auction held during the APA California Conference, and receive special “thank you” on the CPF website. All Sustaining Level Sponsors receive scholarship-naming privileges for their donation. All Corporate Sponsor level donations and Friend of CPF level donations include the placement of a calling card advertisement and link to your homepage on the CPF website. All donations to CPF are tax deductible and you will receive a copy of CPF’s W-9 Tax Identification Certification for your use in tax/accounting purposes with your receipt.

Our 2018 Donors

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has supported the California Planning Foundation this year.

Sustaining Level Sponsor

  • APA California Chapter

Platinum Level Sponsor

  • APA LA Section
  • APA Northern Section

Gold Level Sponsor

  • Juan Borrelli
  • Kurt Christiansen
  • Linda Dalton
  • Tammy Seale

Silver Level Sponsor

  • Carol Barrett
  • David Ward
  • Northern Section Members
  • PlaceWorks
  • Stan Hoffman
  • Terry Blount

Bronze Level Sponsor

  • William (Bill) Fulton

Friend of CPF

  • Dana Privett
  • Jacobson and Wack
  • Janna Minsk
  • Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore
  • Linda Tatum
  • Northern Section Raffle
  • Pete Parkinson

Financial Aid Associate

  • Naphtali Knox
  • Peck Planning and Development
  • Sac Valley APA
  • Sande Stephan
  • Steven Preston
  • Suzanne Bridges
  • VCS Environmental
  • Woodie Tescher

Student Advocate

  • Abigail Cesena
  • David Booher
  • Elizabeth Curry
  • Jeffry Carpenter
  • Johnathan Schuppert
  • Kevin Riley
  • Linda Tatum, Jeannette Dinwiddie-Moore, Janet Ruggiero
  • Richard Gomez
  • Thomas Davis
  • Urbanexus, LLC
  • Wendy Cosin
  • Wendy Nowak

Scholarship Supporter

  • Afshan Hamid
  • Arlan Colton
  • Daniel Marks
  • Janet Rugiero
  • Karen Del Purgatorio
  • Sumner Sharpe
  • Stephen Haase
  • Stephan Lau/Rena Lum
  • APA CA

Past Donors