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Year-end plea from CPF scholarship fund

By Juan F. Borrelli, AICP, Past President, CPF

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) awarded $72,000 via 48 scholarships to 40 outstanding planning students at the 2021 APA California Virtual Conference. The scholarship recipients — from diverse backgrounds — were selected because they are talented, motivated, and demonstrated academic excellence at planning programs across California.

That said, it’s been a challenging year for fundraising. We set a goal to raise $60,000 by the end of this year to fund next year’s CPF Scholarships. So far, we’ve raised about $40,000.

In the spirit of the holiday season, will you consider donating to CPF this month? We are fundraising for a second CPF Diversity Scholarship, and as you know, every dollar counts! We hope you can give at the “Friend of CPF” level or higher, but no donation is too small: Anonymous matching donors will match all donations made in 2021, dollar-for-dollar, up to $7,000). CPF is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible.

Donate securely online here or mail a check made out to “California Planning Foundation,” to

Lisa Wise, CPF Treasurer
c/o Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc.
983 Osos Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

If you have questions about CPF, about donating, or about setting up a new CPF Scholarship endowment, please email CPF President Hing Wong, AICP.

Thanks in advance for considering the CPF Student Scholarship Program. You can make a difference in the lives of students in California planning programs across the entire state.

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