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

2-1-1 Orange County
10,000 Degrees
Alameda County Food Bank
Arc Of East Bay
Bay Area Rescue Mission
Bayshore Christian Ministries
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology
Bill Wilson Center
Blanchet House
Buckelew Programs
Caritas Connection
Catholic Charities San Francisco
Center for Domestic Peace
Child and Family Center
Collective Impact
Community Action Marin
Community Action of Madera
Community Hospice Foundation
Community Transitional School
Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Inc.

De LaSalle Catholic North High School
El Nido Family Centers
Family Bridges
Friendly House
Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services
Futures Explored
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
HavenHouse St. Louis
Healthier Kids Foundation
Heart Ministry Center
Janice's Women's Center
Kitchen, Inc.
LEMO Foundation
Life Bridge Partnership
Life Steps Foundation
Loaves & Fishes Contra Costa
Museum of Children's Art
Pink Ribbon Girls

Save our Youth
SF Conservation Corps
Shelter Partnership
St Anthony Immaculate Conception School
St. Anthony Foundation
St. Louis Crisis Nursery
St. Mary's College
STAND for Families Free of Violence
Tahoe School of Music
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association
The Children's Collective
United Way of Jackson County
Uplift Family Services
Vivalon dba Whistlestop
West Valley Boys and Girls Club
White Pony Express
William Temple House
Wonderffully Made
YWCA of 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

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
Phone: 925-295-2575

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