About Us

About Us

SAGA Foundation was born in the shadow of 9/11 as a vehicle for Bill Laughlin (founder) to expand his life-long mission of giving. Early on, SAGA was dedicated to creating models for awareness and action to increase nuclear safety and security.

In 2018 we expanded our mission to include Leadership, The Underserved, and Global Peace and we began working closely with our grantees in a campaign we call Convene, Collaborate, Create. Since employing this collaborative approach with our grantees and peer foundations we have implemented over 25 initiatives.

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

We believe that our entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative approach position us to provide timely and targeted resources to our grantees and peered partners. We believe that critical problems require bold actions, and we look forward to working with organizations that value these qualities.

David Bartoshuk
David J. Bartoshuk
President

Director and President of SAGA Foundation since 2006, Mr. Bartoshuk has over 40 years of business and philanthropic experience.  Originally from Michigan, the entrepreneur and real estate broker has lived in the SF Bay Area since 1978. David has served on several nonprofit boards and is the founder of Summit Asset Management Corporation. He lives in Redwood City, CA with his wife Barb. They have two children, Megan and Nathan, and a dog named Tucker.

GRANTOR COMMITTEE
JulieJohnson
Julie Johnson
Vice President

Julie has been a SAGA Director since 2006 and currently Vice President of SAGA Foundation. Ms. Johnson worked with our founder for over 40 years. Over the years, she worked with him on community philanthropy and his global peace efforts. Julie currently resides in Bakersfield, California, where she enjoys golf and frequent visits her two daughters, Jill and Sarah, and their families.

SherieBerger
Sherie Berger
grantor committee member

Before joining SAGA’s Grantor Committee, Sherie held Executive Human Resources positions at Dolby Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple Computer. Her BA in psychology is from San Jose State University, and her MBA is from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She lives in Menlo Park and has two children Mark and Jennifer, and two granddaughters Vivien and Josephine.

Our Founder

Bill Laughlin was a change agent. He never boasted or took much time celebrating his many successes, but rather focused on ways the outcome could be better. During his lifetime, he sat on over 40 Boards of Directors and was a consultant to world leaders. He used his success in business running SAGA Foods as a springboard to make the world a better place through caring. He was as comfortable talking with world leaders as he was in the kitchen visiting with the dishwasher. READ MORE

Bill and Dog