About Us

"Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you."― Mother Teresa
"Giving back- it's just the right thing to do" -Mike Heffernan

Heffernan Foundation was created in 2006 to support Heffernan Group's dedication and commitment to social responsibility through employee philanthropy, volunteerism and education. We are dedicated to giving generously in the communities where our employees work and live. Our current board members are:

  • F. Michael Heffernan, Chairman
  • Michelle Lonaker, Executive Director
  • Dan Sebastiani, Treasurer
  • Louisa Tallarida, Secretary
  • Hieu Williams
  • Kurt Scheidt
  • Rick Allen
  • Jeff Hamlin

  • Giving

    We believe in generous giving

  • Helping

    We believe in helping those in need

  • Supporting

    We believe in supporting our communities

  • Changing

    We believe in striving for positive change

35th Anniversary | Working Together. Inspiring Change. Improving Lives. Bridging Gaps

Changing Futures Through Education

"Life does give back in kind, many times over, what you put into it. " -Maya Angelou

Who We Support

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." ― Dalai Lama

Download Heffernan Foundation Donor Impact 2023

10,000 Degrees
Alameda County Food Bank
Bishop O'Dowd
Catholic Charities of San Francisco
Dawn's Place
Marin Foster Care Association
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
Pacific Clinics (Uplift Family Services)
Alameda Family Services
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Bay Area Rescue Mission
Bi-Bett Corporation
Bill Wilson Center
Buckelew Programs
Building Futures With Women & Children
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency
California Human Development
Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
Child & Family Center
Covenant House
Family Bridges
Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services
Hamilton Families
Harmony House
Heart Ministry Center
Housing Industry Foundation

Hunger at Home
Independence Center
Sacred Heart Community Service
Saint Mary's College of California
Shelter Partnership
St. Andrew Nativity School
STAND! For Families Free of Violence
The Teen Project
Vivalon dba Whistlestop
WellSpring Family Services
White Pony Express
YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley
Aldar Academy
Blind Children's Center
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Center for Domestic Peace
De La Salle North Catholic Portland
El Nido Family Centers
HealthRight 360
Hope Horizon East Palo Alto
Human Options
Kings Rehabilitation
Life Steps Foundation
Oakland Literacy Coalition
REAP Center

San Jose Conservation Corps
Special Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center
Tahoe School of Music
The Institute for Families and Nannies
Youth Homes
Community Action Marin
Council of Churches
Criminal Justice Ministry
Friendly House
Futures Explored
Hospice of Humboldt
JW House
Kainos Home & Training Center
Kitchen, Inc.
Memory Care Home Solutions
MetroEast Community Media
Montalvo Association
Napa Valley Cooperative Nursery School
New Horizons
Side by Side
St. Louis Life
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association (Tel-Hi)
Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation
YWCA of Greater Portland

Grant Donations: The Foundation accepts applications for grants by invitation only on an annual basis.
Grants to 501(c)3 nonprofits typically range from $2,500 - $10,000

Ways to Give

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ―Albert Pike

Contact Us

"Happiness never decreases by being shared." ―Buddha
Michelle Lonaker

Foundation Director
Phone: 925-295-2575

We are registered 501(C)(3) Non-Profit. Our tax ID is 71-1010693