Explore the local impact of donor-advisors at the Marin Community Foundation
Funding Social Justice
A donor-advised fund at Marin Community Foundation made a grant of $25,000 to the Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, started by the players of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team to bring diverse communities and voices together in support of positive lasting social change. The Fund was established to support education and leadership programs addressing equity and justice. To the players, starting the fund was the next step in connecting their nonviolent protest actions on the field with positive work being done in their communities. Today seven organizations have received nearly in $1 million grants from this fund: Being Empowered Through Supportive Transitions (BEST); Not This Time; Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST); American Friends Service Committee; SafeFutures Youth Center; Team Child; Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Supporting Parents in Science
A donor advisor started a fund at the Marin Community Foundation to support basic science. The fun granted $200,000 to the postdoctoral fellowship program at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco to support researchers committed to advancing health discoveries, who struggled to return to their research after starting a family.
An MCF donor wanted to strengthen the pipeline of attorneys providing compassionate, skilled legal aid to immigrants. Through MCF, the donor anonymously made a multi-year grant of approximately $90,000 per year to fund an Immigrant Rights Legal Fellowship at a local immigration firm. The group provides advocacy and deportation defense for young indigent immigrants. Each two-year fellowship prepares a new attorney for the complex public service of immigration law and allows the firm to accept an extra 25-40 pro bono cases, leading to greater economic and educational achievement for the immigrants this practice serves.