Why Give?

Your donation is an investment in the future! 

AMCFF was founded by the children of Andres y Maria Cárdenas, who were born and raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and have a strong commitment to creating positive change in their community. Since the foundation's inception, they have been successful in fulfilling their mission to enrich the community by providing financial assistance to students seeking a higher education. 

Fundraising Objective: AMCFF is committed to raising $300,000 for the 2021-2020 fiscal year to mark our 25th anniversary.

AMCFF is the largest supporter of the North East San Fernando Valley: In a community that is predominantly underserved and struggles to be noticed, AMCFF prides itself in being a supplemental resource. Having consistently awarded over 40 scholarships a year for the past 23 years, eligible high schools anticipate this opportunity to assist their student’s path to college.

Community Impact:

  • Total Scholars: 1,500
  • Total Dollars Awarded: $1,000,000+ 
  • Annual Scholars: 40+
  • Annual Dollars Awarded: $200,000 (Goal)

Communities we serve: AMCFF covers the region of Northeast San Fernando Valley and serves the following 10 high schools: Arleta, Panorama, Sylmar, San Fernando, Poly, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Kennedy, Monroe and CCLA: Social Justice Humanitas Academy. The demographics surrounding these high schools have a predominantly diverse ethnic background, with the majority being Latino. Of the 25 recipients awarded scholarships in 2020, many were the first or only member of their families to attend college. Coming from this community a student faces a combination of challenges including, a per capita income under $15k, a 38% English fluency rate, and a 10% college completion rate. In addition, encountering high gang infested neighborhoods with drugs infested schools, continuing education is seldom a priority. 

How are we different?

Scholarships offered to any level of continued education: AMCFF focuses on potential and strength of character. As a result, the AMCFF awards scholarships to students attending all levels of continued education. Whether a student is attending a Junior College, Trade school, or 4-year University, all are recognized as respected accomplishments and eligible for a scholarship. AMCFF believes in supporting and enabling all ranges of students in achieving an education. 

Scholarship aid through P.H.D: AMCFF encourages their recipients to reapply annually and complete as much schooling as they wish. If a student is eligible, they can apply to receive funds all they way to a P.H.D. 

Educates Parents and Students about College: AMCFF host educational workshops for first generation college students and parents about all aspects of attending college. It is common that recipients are the first or only member of their family to attend college, and these workshops help prepare them for what to expect from college.

AB540 Students Are Eligible for Scholarships: As a result of serving a community of mostly immigrants, the AMCFF is one of the very few organizations that awards scholarships to undocumented students. AMCFF’s believes if you earned it, you deserve it. AMCFF is focused on enabling and championing students for their hard work and ambition to accomplish their dreams of going to college, no matter their background or ethnic makeup.