"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Mission: To support the advancement of youth education and literacy programs that focus on teaching in a multi-sensory approach to language for low-income youth, with additional focus on the health and welfare of seniors through the support of housing, medical, food, and clothing.
To benefit both youth and seniors through philanthropic grants to non-profit organizations and individuals of all backgrounds needing financial assistance due to family instability, poverty and/or challenges adapting to the community.
Specifically the Foundation intends to financially support youth education and literacy programs that focus on teaching in a multi-sensory approach to language for low-income youth. It will assist youth who show potential through effort and academic success with scholarships at colleges and universities.
The Foundation intends to support seniors with housing needs by providing rent assistance, care assistance which may include support in the areas of medical, food, and clothing.
Pride, hope, and economic security for the elderly who are less fortunate were a part of the transformational vision of the Brethren church leaders who championed the construction and establishment of the Long Beach Brethren Manor back in 1964. Rev. Leroy Doty – President of the incorporated Brethren Manor, Willard V. Harris, Sr. ‐ Vice President, Lowell Reed‐ Treasurer, Robert Walker ‐ Secretary, Mary Swift Beeks ‐ Board member and legal counsel; Frank Howell and Homer Fike.
The transformation of a 50-year footprint in Brethren Service to a new generation of philanthropic giving through the Brethren Community Foundation.
Brethren Community Foundation was created through a vision of Leadership, Initiative and Drive to ensure we were making a difference in the world.
Fifty years ago, a group of leaders in the Long Beach community had a vision to give seniors their “rightful dignity” by providing them an affordable home, a nurturing environment with quality dining, opportunities to interact with others in recreational and social activities, and transportation so they may live stress free in the twilight of their years.
Willard V Harris, Sr., along with Rev. Leroy Doty, Lowell Reed, Robert Walker, Mary Swift Beeks, and legal counsel Frank Howell and Homer Fike, transformed this vision into reality with the construction of the Long Beach Brethren Manor back in 1964.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia is a longtime partner of the Brethren Community Foundation. Their life changing programs as a youth guidance and development organization serves low income youth throughout the Philadelphia Area. The BCF supports the Boys & Girls Clubs efforts in teaching kids in a multi-sensory approach to language with their Willard and Charlotte Harris Literacy Center, named after the founding Father of the historical Brethren Manor. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia is leading the effort in the Call to Action for Literacy Intiative to reach and serve more youth across the nation. In support of their efforts, we would like to share their Tribute to Rob Ross, an alumni whose life is a testament to the difference a Boys & Girls Club makes in the life of a child. Enjoy!
Whittier in Tanzania
The fellowship program is a partnership between the Brethren Community Foundation, Global Partners, and Whittier College, and represents a groundbreaking initiative in developing global leaders while delivering impactful outcomes to communities in need.
As Brethren Fellows prepare for their travels, they attend a training session at the Global Partners for Development headquarters in Sonoma, California. This program is designed to be a transformational opportunity for Whittier students to engage in authentic grassroots community driven development in East Africa via the work of Global Partners and their partner communities.
Through the generous support of the Brethren Community Foundation, 100 percent of costs associated with the fellowship will be funded for Whittier students. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to use a meaningful budget to design and implement a project that will impact communities in Tanzania, and study the ongoing impact of this work.
The Prentice School
The Prentice School was created in 1986 by a dedicated group of professionals, psychologists, doctors, educators, and parents to address the needs of students who were struggling to learn in a traditional classroom environment.
Thirty years after its inception, The Prentice School has maintained its standard of excellence and established a reputation as one of the leading schools for children with learning differences by adhering to its original mission. We offer evidenced-based practices, a highly qualified, caring faculty, and a learning environment that taps into the talents of each student while supporting his or her unique learning differences.
The Prentice School continues to offer an unparalleled learning experience to students whose needs have not been met in the more traditional classroom setting. Prentice School participates in the Power of Leadership through collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia’s Call to Action Literacy Intiative funded by the BCF.
Whittier in Tanzania
Senior health is a critical component to our mission. UCI-mind is in the forefront of Alzheimer’s research which is affecting all of mankind, especially those in the twilight of their life. Research shows that one out of five of us will get Alzheimer’s, there is no cure, within ten years there will not be enough caregivers to meet the need of this tsunami, and devastatingly, researchers are desperately needed to continue the work. For these reasons the Brethren Community Foundation has stepped up to support the much needed research to help, not only todays elderly population but, the future of mankind.
Board of Directors
John graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in business management with a minor in geology.
John has over 38 years of business experience. This experience has been with both public and private corporations. This experience has been in the building industry as well as in the manufacturing and distributing of products in the United States and abroad…
Lisabeth Marziello has more than 23 years’ experience as a successful Boys & Girls Club CEO. In partnership with her husband Joseph, Lisabeth has led Boys & Girls Club Organizations throughout the nations. Her efforts have been highly regarded, earning distinguished membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Academy. Lisabeth has been extremely successful in building organizational, financial and board infrastructures to create high performing organizations with increased donor relations…
Harriet has been involved in philanthropic organizations for over 40 years. She has served on the Board of Prentice School for over 25 years and is now emeritus. She served on the Board of Freedom 4U, an organization redirecting youth to healthy lifestyles, and has been a board member of the Bowers Museum, serving as president for several years…
Bill Harris Sr.
Bill has served on various Non Profit Organizations over the years including The Girls and Boys Club of Santa Ana and The OCARC of Anaheim that helps disabled adults throughout Orange County. On the education side, Bill has been a member of the Alumni Board at Whittier College as well as the Foundation Board at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa…
Anne Jordan joined the Brethren Community Foundation board recently, fulfilling her commitment to serve those in our communities most at risk.
With more than 20 years experience in industries spanning Home Building, Education, Faith-Based Organizations, Healthcare, Packaging and Technology, Anne will support BCF Operations and the Young Advisory Council as they work to award grant recipients…
Bruce spent his career with Home Savings of America, retiring in 1995. Currently he is serving on three Boards of Directors, Brethren Community Foundation, Genoa Resort Home Owners Association and Friends of Genoa. Two of these are 501 (c) 3 organizations.
He currently resides with his wife, Marion, in Genoa, Nevada a small rural town which was established in 1851. They moved there from Southern California in 2006…
Don graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Business Administration. He’s also been a member of the Orthogonian Men’s Society at Whittier College since 1980. Don has been part of the Housing Construction Industry supplying prefabricated fireplaces for over 33 years. His 6 years of experience as Vice-President of Manufacturing at Fmi/Fireplace Manufacturers Inc in Santa Ana, CA led to distribution and ownership opportunities in the fireplace industry…
Raised in Long Beach, California and attended Whittier College in the 1960’s. Member of the Metaphonian Society at Whittier College. Graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach.
Married to Gary Brooks, a member of the Orthogonian Society at Whittier College. (deceased). Son, Mike Brooks works as Harbor Patrolman for the community of Catalina Island…
Willard V. "Bill" Harris
Bill has been one of the original members of the Brethren Manor Corporation since its inception in 1965. He has served on its Board of Directors for over 35 years including as Chairman of the Board from 1993 to 2013…
Jeff Taylor President of
Young Advisors Council
Jeff is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he studied International Relations and is a current MBA Candidate at Chapman University. He works as a construction manager and is a former wildland firefighter. An avid sailor and waterman, Jeff and his wife Katie spend much of their free time around Dana Point harbor near their home in San Juan Capistrano…
Kent Davis joined Brethren Community Foundation’s Board in February 2017 as a result of our relations with him at LOMCO, the company that the Brethren Manor was sold to and is now City View. As President of LOMCO, Kent works closely with the Managers of Operations, Compliance, Facilities, Service Coordination and Accounting and retains his role managing the company’s owned portfolio…
Mr. Jelic is a vice president in the Newport Beach office and a member of PIMCO’s Funds Business Group. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, he worked in corporate trust services at US Bank. He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine…
Michael G. Rademaker is the CEO/Founder of MGR Services, MGR Real Estate and MGR Property Management. Michael has over 38 years of real estate sales, leasing and property management experience. He currently has 4 regional locations strategically located in Upland, Colton, Canyon Lake, and Victorville which service Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties…
Daniel has more than 15 years experience working with non-profit community based organizations with extensive expertise in board and community relations, fundraising, resource development, program and clinical services management and planning, executive coaching and grant writing…
Youth Advisory Council
An Evening in Wonderland raised an unparalleled $265,000 , which more than doubled our past fundraising events. The support of our gala sponsors and underwriters were key to the event's success, as well as Honoree Harriet Harris generous contribution of the night's leading gift of $25,000!
Education Reimagined Gala
On April 13th, 2019 BCF Young Advisory member, Sophia Marziello spoke in Newport Beach, CA to over 400 people for Prentice School to raise the funds needed to scholarship children in need. Sophia is a national speaker on literacy and the importance of an inclusive education.
Power of Leadership Breakfast
On Monday December 3rd, Brethren Community Foundation was proud to celebrate the Power of Leadership as we honored our 2018 grantees. Hailing from 29 organizations, we were thrilled to honor their work with Literacy, Higher Education, Youth Development, Elder Services, Alzheimer’s Research and more! Words are not enough to express our gratitude for the service and leadership these organizations provide in their communities. We look forward to working with these wonderful organizations throughout the year to continue strengthening the Power of Leadership!
A Toast To Our Bright Future
On Saturday evening, April 16th, the Brethren Community Foundation welcomed 90 of its closest friends, family and colleagues to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach to celebrate its Inaugural fundraising event, “A Toast to Our Bright Future.” They were celebrating the transformation of a 50-year footprint in Brethren Service to a new generation of philanthropic giving through the newly established Brethren Community Foundation. The evening was underwritten and raised over $31,000.
We feel that, while there are many fine charities, and hundreds of thousands of worthy causes, the Brethren Community Foundation is positioned to passionately serve the two ends of our citizenry, youth and the elderly, who frame our family life.
We wish our legacy to be that of giving to children from low-income circumstances the opportunities otherwise out of reach for them. Likewise, we strive to assure seniors the dignity of appropriate living conditions and access to good health.
These can feel like monumental goals. They are. That’s why we hope you’ll join us in these tasks. We have already seen a difference when our attention and financial support have been applied. It is very gratifying.
There are children without books. There are seniors without a place to sleep. You can be a part of the solutions.
We are a completely transparent charity. You are encouraged to contact our office and meet with any of our board members.
Mail checks to:
Brethren Community Foundation
315 W. 3rd Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Sandi has over 18 years of experience building relationships, inspiring confidence and trust with customers, stakeholders and co-workers in face-to-face and written communication through strong interpersonal skills, active listening, problem solving, clear and concise communication, friendly and respectful attitude. Responsible for instilling the Power of Leadership and Partnership with the BCF Board of Directors and organizations that are funded. Honored to be working with Brethren Community Foundation and helping change the lives of youth and senior citizens worldwide.
Tere has worked in the administrative field for over 40 years in production homebuilding and construction in the Orange County and Southern California area. She is the office manager at Harris Taylor Management specializing in multi-housing property management, accounting and escrow coordination. She loves to travel, read and spend quality time with her husband and friends.