Honoring our history. Securing our future.

The Palos Verdes Estates Foundation is an independent, non-government organization that has been established to make lasting community impact across generations. Through beautification of public property and open space, augmentation of recreational/lifestyle and safety projects, the Foundation seeks to encourage a positive community spirit by engaging residents as volunteers and participants in community projects and events.

Meet Our Team

Executive Board

  • President: David McGowan
  • Treasurer: Mark Young
  • Secretary: Janet Teague
  • Virginia Butler
  • Chad MacAllister
  • Julia Parton

Executive Director

  • Renee Jaco

Special Thank You to our collaborators

  • Erik Jay (Photography)
  • Brenda Cash (Photography)
  • Carlos Ventura (Logo design)
  • Malin Rigby (website)

The Palos Verdes Estates Foundation is an independent organization made up of a number of PVE residents who love our city and want to contribute to maintaining its beauty and history into the future by coordinating fundraising for community projects and events to build community connection.

Our Address:
Palos Verdes Estates Foundation
PO Box 955
Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90724

About PVE Foundation

  • The Foundation is private community organization that has committed to partner with the City of Palos Verdes Estates, homeowners associations and other organizations within Palos Verdes Estates, to accomplish mutually beneficial needs within the community. It has no investors, nor beneficial owners. We are expressly committed to the history and character of this City and are not involved in property development.
  • Our Board Members and volunteers of the PVE Foundation are governed by Conflict of Interest policy, Confidentiality & Privacy Policy and By laws which prohibit the misuse of funds, trust, information or relationships.
    Residents within our community may find themselves as active participants of a variety of groups including non-profit or City organizations. They are expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the organizations with which they are involved. That would include disclosure and recusing themselves, as appropriate.
  • As of November 2021, the Palos Verdes Estates Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. This is a significant step of growth for our organization, allowing us to directly process Donations. Donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID: 38-4135087).
  • The PVE Foundation is a start-up organization of passionate volunteers who love our City and want to enable it to have projects completed that might not be in the budget or timetable of the City. With many moving parts, we have been able to accomplish much and have worked to improve communication and visibility of key documents to our residents.
  • When the PVE Foundation started in 2020, we utilized a non-profit start-up organization called Community Partners to save the costs of starting a non-profit so that we could begin the work of doing good in our city.
    Community Partners was formed over 30 years ago and is involved with approximately 200 organizations. They provided a vital service to the PVE Foundation while we were in our formative stages. Community Partners was retained to function as the fiscal sponsor while the Foundation was in the process of attaining it’s 501 (c)(3) status from the IRS.
    The Foundation received no funding from Community Partners. We paid Community Partners for their financial processing services. The Foundation terminated its contract with them during the first quarter of 2022 because the Foundation had successfully obtained it’s independent IRS status. We thank Community Partners for the vital service they provided.
  • The PVE Foundation was created as a means of raising tax-deductible funds to be utilized for the benefit of the community. We have also been a central place where residents, City and other organizations can suggest their ideas for projects which has resulted in a number of potential projects having a place to be considered and coordinated with the City.
    The PVE Foundation is an entity that works with our community. No current or past Board Member has had a financial interest, nor a financial benefit. Board Members are donors and volunteers.