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, Director
  • Dan Sebastiani, Treasurer
  • Louisa Tallarida, Secretary
  • Emily Jonas, Member
  • Hieu Tran Williams
  • Kurt Scheidt

  • 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

Changing Futures Through Education

How Heffernan Foundation is Making a Difference

"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

10,000 Degrees
Aldar Academy
Analy High School Education Foundation
Arc of the East Bay
Arizona's Children Coalition
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Bishop O'Dowd
Boy Hope Girls Hope
Buckelew Programs
Building Futures with Women & Children
Caritas Connections
Catholic Charities
Community Action of San Bernardino
Community Youth Center

Curry Senior Center
Family Bridges Inc.
Franciscan Friars
Free the Need
Friendly House
Hacienda CDC
Heart of Los Angeles
Homes First
Homeward Bound of Marin
Human Options
Kadima Day School
Lift Urban Portland
Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento
Memory Care Home Solutions
Mount Baker Housing Association

Nuturing Independence Through Artistic Development
Pathways of Hope
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Rubicon Programs Inc.
Rung for Women
Samaritan House
Second Harvest Foodbank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
Shelter Inc.
St Louis Crisis Nursery
St. Marys
Teen Challenge of Southern California
Uplift Family Services
Youth Emerging Stronger (Formerly Los Angeles Youth Network)

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

News And Events

"We make life by what we give." ―Winston Churchill

Let’s Do Better!

My heart remains heavy, as my mind continues to return to the recent killing of George Floyd and the countless other lives lost, many whose names never reach the news. Our country must do better and that begins with each of us. This is not about politics, this is about humanity. I want to be clear, Heffernan Insurance Brokers denounces racism in any and every form. These are three things we are doing to take action to begin to do our part in creating change to a flawed system:


  1. Increasing Heffernan Foundation’s scholarships to people of color
  2. Making donations to these five worthy nonprofit organizations:
  3. Consulting with external advisors to review existing policies and practices that can be further improved to promote inclusivity and diversity.

Finally, we are reflecting internally on ways we can do better as individuals, and we encourage each of our employees to do the same. Please continue to hold the lives of those lost in your heart, as we continue to find ways to do better together, in their honor.


Thank you.

Mike Heffernan
President and CEO, Heffernan Insurance Brokers/Chairman Heffernan Foundation

Covid-19 – How to Help

The Heffernan Foundation is committed to the health and well-being of our supporters, our communities and the nonprofits we serve. Several of our nonprofit partners throughout the country are still working diligently to get food out to homebound seniors, high risk populations and children who would normally be on a free or reduced lunch program.

Below is a list of nonprofits we work closely with throughout the country.

Thank you for your continued support of the Heffernan Foundation and the nonprofits we support. We look forward to seeing you at a Heffernan event at a later date.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected








Contact Us

"Happiness never decreases by being shared." ―Buddha
Michelle Lonaker
Foundation Director michellel@heffernanfoundation.org
Phone: 925-295-2575

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