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Cal4Wheel Conservation & Education Foundation


The charter of the Foundation is to acquire resources from public and private sources to develop programs supporting resource conservation, public education, four-wheel drive vehicle driving safety, and related areas.

CHARITABLE Non-profit:

The Foundation is registered in California and IRS certified as a 501(c)(3) charity non-profit corporation. A copy of IRS Letter of Determination is available upon request.

Board of Trustees:

The Board of Trustees governs the Foundation. It is made up of the president and the three vice presidents of the California Four Wheel Drive Association, plus two Trustees-at-large, one to five trustees representing businesses, agencies or individuals who provide financial or in-kind contributions to the Foundation.

What we do:

The Foundation seeks grants to fund conservation and education projects related to four-wheel drive recreation throughout California. Such projects include resource conservation, public education, four-wheel drive vehicle driving safety, and related areas. We provide grants to Cal4Wheel member clubs and individuals to assist the goals of the Foundation.

Officers of the Foundation

Allen Schrage

Foundation President

Nancy Rocha

Foundation Vice President

Bonnie Ferguson

Foundation Recording Secretary

Don Spuhler

Foundation Treasurer

Trustees Representing the Cal4wheel Association

Josh Epstein

Association President

Chris Silveira

North District Vice President

David Rocha II

Central District Vice President

Don Rybarczyk

South District Vice President

Two Trustees-at-Large of Cal4Wheel Association

Selected by the Cal4Wheel board of directors

Mike Magana


Mark Cave


One to Five Trustees Representing Firms, Agencies or Individuals

Selected by Foundation Board of Trustees

Ryan Choate


Bonnie Steele


Allen Schrage


Nancy Rocha



The Foundation depends on your donations to operate its programs. All donations to the Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation) may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor/account for deductible status. An IRS Letter of Determination is available upon request.

Glass jar with money for college

Scholarship Fund

The C4WDA Conservation and Education Foundation awards three scholarships annually. These awards are given in honor of Bud Hammers, a charter member of the Tulare County 4X4 Club, one of the original clubs that started Cal4Wheel. Bud served as President pro-tem until Steve Morris was elected as first President. He also served as treasurer for C4WDA and served on the Legislative Committee in 1960 and 1961. He was very supportive and dedicated to our cause.

Scholarships are awarded to help sponsor private post-secondary education for selected C4WDA members or their children. The scholarship program is funded by donations from C4WDA members and the recipients of the awards are selected by the Life Members of C4WDA. The program is fully funded by donations only, so the amount awarded each year varies.

Requirements for Application:

  1. Must be a C4WDA member or immediate family (children of members).
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  3. 20 hours of documented public service work from any or a combination of:
    1. C4WDA event as a committee volunteer.
    2. A C4WDA club conservation run doing trail cleanup or repair.
    3. Political activism in support of OHV issues.
  4. One page essay on stated topic.
  5. Copies of transcripts from the most recent semester.

Application for scholarship must be received in the C4WDA office no later than December 31. Application may be downloaded below, or obtained from the office by calling 800-4x4-FUNN. Mail, fax or email may be used to send the application.

Note: The 20 hours of public service work can be met with the production of a short video or photo slide show to be published on the C4WDA YouTube Channel.

  1. Appropriate video or photo slide shows must contain images of a four wheel drive activity such as trail ride, trail cleanup, event participation, or other trail conservation project with members in participation.
  2. Desired images of vehicles should have a visible C4WDA or club decal and identify the area where taken.
  3. Audio/soundtrack is not required.
  4. Videos and photo slide shows should convey a message of family activity enjoying the outdoors.

Disaster Relief Fund

We have established a relief fund for members and their families who have been affected by natural disasters, wildfires and economic hardships due to the pandemic. Use the grant application to apply for assistance. You must be a current Cal4Wheel member to qualify.

Foundation Documents