LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Top five volunteer
opportunities this month.
➤ SF-MARIN FOOD
BANK Join the fight to end
hunger this season by dropping off nonperishable food
items at locations around
Marin and S.F., or donate
with a check or transferred
➤ MARIN HUMANE
Give extra thanks for our
furry friends by contributing what you can to help
pay for beds, vaccines and
➤ HABITAT FOR
wants to celebrate the
holidays in a warm, safe
home. Your contribution
helps build local houses
and improve neighborhoods.
➤ HOSPICE BY THE
BAY Share the gift of
compassion by making
a charitable donation to
support programs for
patients and their families.
➤ MARIN CHILD CARE
COUNCIL With the busy
holiday season here, help
families in need find quality
and affordable child care.
Your tax-deductible donation invests in the lives of
1North Bay Fires The Center for
Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership is an
Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) that
oversees the continuing effort to coordinate volunteers and donations for Napa
and Marin counties.
2Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Volunteers greet visitors, give a general
overview of the museum, provide literature and answer general questions about
the current exhibition.
3 The Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Be part of a bike parking service at many
events around Marin by volunteering a
few hours to help safely store people’s
4 West Marin Senior Services Pick up
packed meals at West Marin Senior
Services’ Point Reyes office and deliver
them to isolated seniors. westmarin
5 Whistlestop English tutors are needed
to help older adults who are preparing for
their U. S. citizenship test. Other assistance
includes working on conversation and
1When was 100MARIN started? 100MARIN was created in January 2015 by community-minded
professionals hoping to increase each member’s
giving impact and to strengthen the network of
individuals who feel strongly about supporting
2 How do you accomplish that mission? Members donate $100 and we have one giving event each
year. In prior years the event was semiannual. Before
each event, members nominate a favorite Marin nonprofit, one of which is drawn at random from each of
100MARIN’s five nonprofit categories and asked to
make a four-minute presentation at the giving event.
Then members vote for their favorite presentations and
the winner receives all of the donations. Runners-up
also get at least $1,000 that is funded by event sponsors.
The nonprofit categories are Animals/Environment;
Arts/Culture/Humanities; Health/Human Services;
Children/Education; and Public Benefit.
3What’s been accomplished to date? 100MARIN has hosted four giving events that have raised
over $145,000 for 20 different Marin County
nonprofits. In order to be eligible, nonprofits must
have existed for at least one year, be registered, and
be committed to using funds awarded strictly for
the benefit of Marin County. Past winners include
North Bay Children’s Center, Jessica’s Haven and
Rescue, Wednesday’s Gift, and Marin City Health and
Wellness Center. On average, each received $30,000
and each year the amount awarded has increased.
4 How many members are in 100MARIN? Currently there are 325 members and we’re growing.
Recently we received a $10,000 matching grant from
the Marin Community Foundation, affording the
next 100 members who join the chance to double their
philanthropic impact. Members are expected to simply make their $100 contribution, whether or not they
are able to attend the annual event.
5Tell me about your members. 100MARIN is the philanthropic arm of the Marin Economic Forum;
our members genuinely care about the vibrancy of
Marin County. Also, in contrast to many nonprofit
fundraisers, 100MARIN is not focused on the size
of the check that any one individual can write.
Instead, it’s about inspiring as many people as possible to write the same-size check, thereby building
a community of givers while simultaneously raising
Marin’s philanthropic consciousness.
A founding principal at Larkspur’s Portico Wealth Advisors,
Leidy has been a financial planner and business development
officer for more than a decade. More recently he also became
a founding member and CFO of CORE, a group of local
businesspeople who created the 100MARIN “giving circle.”