The Golden Hearts Foundation is a non-profit foundation founded in 2003 by Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard. The foundation’s work focuses on communication, from education in broadcasting content and  radio training to scholarships in areas of communication and public service.  The main goal of the Golden Hearts Foundation is the development of public and participant education and awareness.



To Provide an Alternative to mainstream radio.
and to offer public education through meaningful conversations and dialogues on vital issues,
using radio, television, theater, the written and spoken word.

About Dr. Kirkgaard

Valerie Anne Kirkgaard, PhD, founder and host of a weekly radio program, on air since 1987, that offers programing on issues that are often overlooked by mainstream media including:

  • Airing the real truth from some of the greatest leaders, celebrities, authors and experts on living a happier life,
  • Creating boundless health and wealth, Inspirational interviews with successful people who are knowledgeable people and experts in their fields
  • Nurturing families and protecting the environment,
  • Native American and Indigenous rights.
  • Rainbow Warrior Scholarships for our youth leadership of all cultures who present the possibility of excellence in service to the global community.

In addition to, Dr. Kirkgaard is a retired Marriage & Family Therapist,  an educator and developer of a revolutionary emotional clearing process called Directed Breath. For further information, visit

2008-2010 Youth Communication

Thanks to the generous donations of several individuals and businesses, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Yout Communication Scholarships.

Commencing in the fall of 2008, The Golden Hearts Foundation will be distributing a Youth Communication scholarship.  This award will be utilized to help students of Alaskan Native/American Indian descent who are studying in a communications area, such as journalism, broadcasting, political communications, speech and Debate Forensics, etc.

The Golden Hearts Foundation is also working with successful businesses that are making a per sale donation to fund our Native American Communications Scholarship.  If your business would like to make a tax deductible donation to this worthy fund please contact us at the address information listed below.

The Golden Hearts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and receipts will be issued for any donation in excess of $250.00.

The Native American Communications award is a merit based award that applicants must demonstrate need, as well as have experience in debate, speech, broadcasting and any other communication related activity while in high school or at the University level.

Golden Hearts Foundation

Youth Communications Scholarship
869 Via De La Paz, Suite F
Pacific Palisades, CA  90272
(310) 455-8623    (310) 455-2622 Fax
Requirements:  Personal essay, 2 letters of recommendation, tribal enrollment (Alaskan Native/American Indian), Communications Major

Donor’s Bill of Rights

The Golden Hearts Foundation follows the view of Philanthropy and is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.
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  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
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  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers