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Running Events

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Thursday, Jan 11, 2024- Sunday, Jan 14, 2024

The Anaheim Community Foundation has been selected as a participating charity for the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

By joining Team Helping Hands, you will be helping support grants that are awarded to local nonprofit organizations providing vital services in mental health, food insecurity, water-safety, literacy, emergency shelter, college readiness and more.

Race and Registration Details:

Disneyland 5K 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Disneyland 10K 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Disneyland Half Marathon

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Dumbo Double Dare Challenge (10K & Half Marathon)

Saturday & Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024

To be considered for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend through Team Helping Hands, please complete the application form with your participant information, select a race type, agree to the fundraising commitment, and submit payment of your non-refundable registration fee through the link provided.

Fundraising Commitment:

To participate as a Team Helping Hands member you must meet a minimum fundraising commitment, based on the race selected.

  • 5K – $500 fundraising commitment
  • 10K – $750 fundraising commitment
  • Half Marathon – $1,000 fundraising commitment
  • Dumbo Double Dare Challenge – $1,500 fundraising commitment

Fundraising Team Benefits:

  • Team Helping Hands running shirt and swag
  • A personal fundraising page to help you reach your fundraising goal
  • A network of teammates to offer support and motivation
  • Option to host a fundraising night at A Snail’s Pace Running Shop in Orange County, CA.

 If you have any questions, please contact or call 714-765-4419

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The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) has received a $5,000 gift from Solidshape. Company President Elchin Mirzayev attended the Anaheim City Council meeting recenty and presented the check to ACF Board Chair Kimberly Chips and Vice Chair Carol Latham. Support from the business community fuels our efforts to address critical needs and we are grateful for companies like Solidshape for their generosity. 

Solidshape Statement: At Solidshape, our mission is to support and give back to our local communities, particularly those in need. We believe in being a responsible corporate citizen and making a positive impact where we can. Starting with Anaheim, where many of our warehouses are based, we will be donating our first check to the Anaheim Community Foundation to support those who are less fortunate, including the homeless. Our eventual goal is to give back 20% of our profits to local communities, demonstrating our commitment to making a positive impact beyond providing exceptional materials and customer service. As a supplier of finish materials for residential and commercial construction, we understand the importance of a home and recognize that while many of us enjoy building and renovating our homes, there are people who do not have a home to call their own. We are dedicated to being more than just a business but a community partner that makes a difference in the lives of those in need. 

$50,000 in Helping Hands Grants Announced

The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) has awarded over $50,000 to 39 non-profit organizations with a 2022 Helping Hands Grant. The Christopher K. Jarvi Helping Hands grant program focuses on strengthening youth, residents, and neighborhoods through supporting community-based organizations.  Named after the founding Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation, the Helping Hands grant honors the memory of Chris Jarvi who was a strong advocate for youth and Anaheim.  

The Helping Hands program has recently expanded to provide one-time emergency assistance grants of $500-$2,500. The application is available on the ACF website at 

ACF’s Helping Hands is funded through the generosity of Anaheim residents that make gifts through Anaheim Utilities. Since 1992, over $700,000 in Helping Hands funds have supported the program.  

Janis Heckel Selected Executive Director for the Anaheim Community Foundation

ANAHEIM, California (October 25, 2022)

—Janis Heckel has been selected Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation, it was announced today by Board Chair Kim Chips.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Janis back to our Anaheim Community Foundation family,” said Chips. “Her experience with the city, the non-profit sector and the ACF are strong assets that will help us advance our mission and build a stronger community.”

Ms. Heckel has been an enthusiastic administrator with over 35 years of management experience in community programming, recreational activities and funding initiatives. Her professional resume includes 10 years with the city as its Community Services Superintendent, in which she served as a liaison to the ACF. She has served on a variety of community boards as well as volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Orange County, the Boy Scouts of America, Relay for Life and several PTA’s. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, she has been a resident of Orange County for over 25 years.

“I am thrilled to be joining the ACF team and look forward to working with the board of directors to continue making a positive impact in our community,” said Heckel.

Heckel succeeds former Executive Director John Guastaferro who left the organization in June for career advancement. Ed Munson has served as the Interim Executive Director during the search for a permanent director.

For additional information, please visit our website at

Thanks for supporting ImpACT Anaheim

Together, ten organizations engaged 467 donors and raised a grand total of $231,199!

The Anaheim Community Foundation would like to extend our gratitude for supporting Impact Anaheim Giving Day. This collaborative 24-hour campaign with nine other organizations to support Anaheim’s underserved youth raised $231,199 with the help of 467 donors, surpassing our collective goal of $125,000! Thank you to our fellow Anaheim-based nonprofits for joining us:

Thanks to our ACF donors, we engaged 46 donors and raised $34,225 to support Anaheim youth

Thank you to our Matching Gift Donors

Additional Matching Gift Donors

Disney VoluntEARS

Rutan & Tucker

Kaiser Permanente

Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim

John Guastaferro

Thank you to our Major Gifts donors

Hilgenfeld Mortuary

Bharat Patel

Join us on 7/27 for ImpACT Anaheim

ImpACT Anaheim

Our Anaheim youth are facing greater challenges than ever before. YOU can help turn barriers into bridges by YOU can help turn barriers into bridges by donating to ImpACT Anaheim Giving Day, a 24-hour virtual day of giving dedicated to helping the underserved youth and teens of Anaheim.

Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $30,000!

Tell your friends and family members about the important work ACF does in our community and ask them to join us.

Starting at 12AM on July 27, 2022 visit and make a donation to ACF and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in Orange County. All giving will end at 11:59 PM on July 27, so make sure to get your gift in on time.

Get involved with ACF on ImpACT Anaheim

Here is how you can give back and get involved:

  • Spread the Word: Tell your friends and family about this Giving Day by following us on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Donate to ACF on July 27th: Save the date for July 27 and donate here. Your support is essential to making this day a success.

Every gift to ACF will have a triple impact: 1) help youth directly through our youth-focused programs; 2) advance ACF’s operations and collaborative efforts related to youth and teens; 3) impact future generations of youth through ACF’s endowment.

Thank You to this year’s Matching Gift Donors

Samueli FoundationThe Samueli Foundation strives to create societal value by investing in innovative, entrepreneurial and sustainable ideas. ““Our vision is to be a resource for organizations that empower people to more fully realize their potential.”

PCL Construction

From small renovations to complex billion dollar projects; from sports arenas to water treatment plants and petrochemical facilities, PCL has you covered. Collaborative, driven and innovative: we’re focused on finding the best way forward and elevating your vision of success.

Additional Matching Donors

Disney VoluntEARS

Rutan & Tucker

Kaiser Permanente

John Guastaferro

Give on July 27th and learn more at

Farewell to John Guastaferro

John Guastaferro, Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation since October 1, 2018, has announced his plans to pursue a new career opportunity. Beginning July 1, John will join Hyundai Motor America, where he will lead Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Genesis Inspiration Foundation, both with a history of impacting youth nationwide.

John was ACF’s first full-time paid employee.  Before his time as Executive Director, John was an ACF Board Member with a life and career deeply rooted in Anaheim.

During John’s time with ACF, he has led a period of tremendous growth for the organization, including:

  • securing ongoing financial support from a variety of community partners,
  • leading the Impact Anaheim annual giving day in collaboration with numerous Anaheim nonprofits;
  • building structure and financial processes to facilitate ACF’s long-term financial sustainability;
  • instituting ACF’s commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion;
  • chartering much-needed community research and hosting ACF’s very first annual Outcomes Forum to share research finding with the Anaheim community;
  • revitalized ACF’s annual Impact Report;
  • initiating various Action Planning Groups to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and change;
  • launching ACF’s Response & Recovery pandemic relief grant program, thanks to $4 million in city funding, to provide aid and support to Anaheim residents; and
  • engaging donors in making a triple impact by supporting ACF’s programs, mission, and future.

ACF will be conducting an executive director search over the next 12 weeks. In the meantime, past board chair Ed Munson will serve as interim Executive Director under the continued board leadership of Kim Chips. Over the next 12 weeks, ACF will conduct a search for ACF’s next executive director.

To all of our partners and donors, thank you for your continued support and dedication to ACF!

Honoring Chuck Malley

The Anaheim Community Foundation honors longtime ACF board member and partner, Chuck Malley, who passed away on February 6, 2022.

Chuck is a past ACF board member and Finance Chair, and he continued on to be our tax advisory professional for many years. He was passionate about helping people and was a generous donor over the years.

We invite you to make a gift to ACF in memory of Chuck Malley. Your gift will have a triple impact by supporting ACF’s programs. its mission, and its future through the ACF endowment. 

Make a Donation

Thank you!

2021 Impact Report

Each day at the Anaheim Community Foundation, we are driven to enrich the lives of Anaheim residents. We can’t do this work alone. We extend our thanks to our generous donors, volunteers, collaborative partners, and board of directors.

In our 2021 Impact Report, we share highlights of our impact, recognize our donors, and share stories of our community funds in action.

On behalf of everyone at your Anaheim Community Foundation, thank you for helping your fellow neighbors and supporting causes important to you.

Download Report

ImpACT Anaheim

Help Us Help Youth

From the recent pandemic to ongoing social and mental health barriers, youth are facing greater challenges than ever before. YOU can help turn barriers into bridges by donating to ImpACT Anaheim, a giving day dedicated to helping underserved Anaheim youth and teens.


We invite you to be a matching gift donor for our upcoming ImpACT Anaheim Giving Day on July 27, 2022.

As a matching gift donor, not only will you be making a significant difference, you will inspire others to give as well. Every gift to ACF will have a triple impact: 1) help youth directly through our youth-focused programs; 2) advance ACF’s operations and collaborative efforts related to youth and teens; 3) impact future generations of youth through ACF’s endowment.

In recognition for your matching gift, ACF will spotlight you or your organization through various promotion efforts leading up to our giving day on July 27, 2022.


  • We will mention/tag you on ACF social media channels at least two times leading up to the event on July 27
  • We will acknowledge your gift on our ACF e-newsletter in July


  • We will mention/tag you on ACF social media channels at least three times leading up to the event on July 27
  • We will acknowledge your gift on our ACF e-newsletter in July
  • We will include a description and link of your organization in our promotion

$5,000 or more

  • We will spotlight your logo at least four times prior to event on July 27
  • We will acknowledge your gift on our ACF e-newsletter in July and August
  • We will include a description and link of your organization in our promotion
  • We invite you to provide a 30-60 second video to post on ACF social media

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