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The California Preservation Foundation was born in August of 1978, when a small group of activists decided to take their efforts to the next level and promote preservation across the state. Over the last 40 years we have grown from a grassroots group to a statewide network with more than 15,000 members and supporters. We invite you to become part of this legacy by making a donation that will help us Move Past 40 and into the future!
In honor of our 40th birthday, any donation amount above $40 will be split between our Advocacy and General Use Funds, allowing us to respond quickly and effectively to save the places that matter to all Californians.
Your donation ensures that California’s historic sites are protected and its legacy continues. CPF donors provide critical support for our programs and share CPF’s mission to protect historic places in California.
Read more about our work below.
Supporting State Historic Tax Credits
Working with a statewide coalition, CPF partnered with the AIA California Chapter and took the lead to secure passage of AB 1999. We raised the funds to hire a lobbyist and worked for nine months to get the best, most comprehensive bill possible. With no opposition to this bill, it went all the way to the Governor’s desk. Though the Governor vetoed the bill, we will continue to work with state leaders to enact a historic rehabilitation tax credit in California.
Documenting Route 66
Recognizing that the desert portion of Route 66 is the most threatened segment of the historic highway, the National Park Service is working with CPF to conduct a survey of the historic resources and road alignments of Route 66 from Needles to Pasadena.
CPF is working on the fifth phase of the Route 66 study with the National Park Service. The firm of Mead and Hunt will document the historic road alignments and historic resources of the historic Route 66- from Pasadena to Santa Monica.
An overview of the work done to date was presented at the 2017 California Preservation Conference in Pasadena in May 2017.
Crowdsourcing LGBT History
CPF received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to work with consultants Donna Graves and Shayne Watson to develop a Historypin site to map stories and images of LGBTQ history in California to supplement the San Francisco LGBT Historic Context Statement.
CPF, in partnership with the State Office of Historic Preservation, has hosted quarterly webinars to educate the public about the programs of the Office of Historic Preservation. These are offered free to the public.