Support CPF

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 2020, CPF awarded $70,000 in scholarships to California planning students.

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”:

Lisa Wise, AICP
CPF Treasurer
983 Osos Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

If you have any questions about donating to CPF, please contact Lisa Wise at

Stanley Ray Hoffman Scholarship

Stan_HoffmanThe planning profession lost a dedicated and inspirational planner with the passing of Stan Hoffman in July 2019. Stan had a distinguished planning career spanning over 35 years. Stan leaves behind a lasting legacy through his prolific work in planning and urban economics. After graduating from UCLA with a Master Degree in Urban Planning, he worked for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) where he played a major role in developing the agency’s capacity to do the population and employment projections to support regional planning.

He went on to establish Stanley R. Hoffman Associates in 1981. His practice specialized in fiscal, economic impact, and market feasibility studies for major residential, office and commercial projects. His work was not only technically competent, but Stan consistently thought out of the box, raising questions and offering options to traditional approaches that ultimately led to real implementation, not just another study. These studies have shaped and informed policy-making by cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and other public agencies throughout California.

Beyond his professional practice, Stan was genuinely interested in transferring what he learned to the “real world” work of the planning profession. Over the years, he never lost that connectivity between education and practice by continuing to engage as a Senior Fellow and Mentor with UCLA, its faculty, and students. Stan was committed to the planning profession and had a real passion for mentoring the future generations of planners.

A Fellow of the Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), Stan was one of the original members of the California Planning Roundtable (CPR), founded as a professional “think-tank” to address critical planning issues affecting California. Other leadership roles included President of the Planners Emeritus Network (PEN). Stan also served as the President and Treasurer of the California Planning Foundation (CPF), which provides scholarships to planning students throughout California.

Please donate generously to honor Stan and his long-time commitment to CPF and planning students.  Thanks for everyone who has supported this scholarship already!

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!

Make a General Donation to CPF

In addition to support for the scholarships listed above, 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 Lisa Wise 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.