Brief Overview


                       
The mission of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF) is to act as a catalyst and a facilitator for studies, projects and events to bring people of diverse interests together to focus on quality of life and to plan for the future.

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation has a Board of Trustees drawn from all walks of life and all parts of the geographical area between Calabasas and Newbury Park.  When the board convenes, issues concerning the future development and quality of life of the region are brought to the table to be examined, opened to community discussion, and prioritized as to importance.

In January of 1972, Dr. Raymond Olson, who was then President of California Lutheran University, convened a group of five residents to talk about their expectations for the region and how these expectations could be met. Then a larger group was convened to work out a way that residents could work together to define and achieve community goals. This led to the formation of the Conejo Future Foundation. Funded by the Janss Foundation of Thousand Oaks, the new group focused on the future of the Conejo Valley and, in particular, how public and private concerns could interact.  In 1995 the organization changed its name to Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation to better reflect the inclusion of the communities on the Los Angeles side of the county line.

The Foundation develops a concept for a study project that addresses community concerns or wishes.  At the annual Board Retreat, a concept is chosen and a steering committee is formed to develop ideas and recommend various community members with a vested interest to participate in the project.  This group becomes the task force, which in turn develops the project by assessing needs and determining its feasibility. An action plan and timeline are developed. Usually, a colloquium open to the public is held, and in some instances this public forum serves as a catalyst for change and the ideas are developed fully. Past projects have included transportation, unification of a school district, energy planning, child care, housing, recreation services, preservation of canyons and open space, and the arts.
 
From the mid-seventies to the early eighties CLVFF placed a strong priority on the arts.  From 1979 to 1985, the Foundation hosted five Cultural Congresses resulting in the creation of the Arts Commission of Thousand Oaks and the Alliance for the Arts, which ultimately led to the development of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. 

Recently, the Foundation has examined the need for the Housing of Visual Arts.  On November 1, 2008 the Foundation held a forum to gather input from community members to assess the region’s needs regarding this issue. The participants determined that it was worthwhile to continue exploring this idea, and a Task Force was formed to further pursue the topic. A report of the forum findings is available upon request.

In addition to its study projects, the Foundation hosts an annual Youth Program and a Senior Congress to address issues relating to these age groups. 

In order to address the concerns of area residents with regard to the water shortage, the Foundation presented a Water Conservation Symposium in conjunction with several regional water agencies on November 15, 2009.