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About MCF

About MCF

On a mission to create change.

The Marin Community Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration: to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy.

Our mission is to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions to help improve the human condition, embrace diversity, promote a humane and democratic society, and enhance the community's quality of life, now and for future generations.

We Fulfill Our Mission By:

  • Making grants and loans to support community issues in Marin County and, through the generosity of our donors, throughout the world.
  • Encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to partner with us to fulfill their financial and charitable goals.
  • Educating the community on pressing needs and the organizations addressing them.
  • Convening people to work on community problems.
  • Encouraging greater community involvement.

Key Facts

MCF was established in 1986 with the assets of a trust from long time Marin County residents, Leonard and Beryl H. Buck.

Over 350 individuals, families, businesses, and community groups have established funds at MCF. Grants made from these funds support a wide range of issues within Marin County, elsewhere in the U.S., and around the world.

MCF is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees along with its President and CEO.

MCF is one of the largest community foundations in the United States. We manage approximately $1 billion in assets and distribute about $50 million annually in grants.

When MCF was started, three Major Projects — the Buck Institute for Age Research, the Buck Institute for Education, and Marin Institute — were established under the Foundation's umbrella.


Impact of Community Foundations in California


The League of California Community Foundations has published a report on the role and impact of community foundations throughout the state. To download a copy, click on the name of the report to the right.

Structure of MCF

The Marin Community Foundation has several components within its corporate structure.


People of MCF

From our staff to our Board of Trustees, meet the people who help you make a difference.



A career at MCF means being part of a passionate team committed to making a difference.

Stories of Impact

Absorbing Carbon on Marin's Rangelands
Drives through West Marin are usually noted for views of the hills, ocean, farmlands,...

Julia and Jake Sze: Sharing Our Plenty
Julia Sze laughs at the idea that she is a philanthropist. “Those big players who...

Steven and Sally Schroeder: Family Giving in Action
The Schroeders are convinced that family philanthropy contributes to a child’s...

Max Weinreb: Moving Up as a Mentor
At San Rafael’s Aroma Café, sixteen-year-old Max Weinreb awaits a 5 p.m. meeting...

Your Contact for Information about MCF

Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Vikki Garrod

Vice President for Marketing and Communications


"Business and family obligations don't afford me the time to focus on other issues that are important to me, and MCF enables me to support these causes and organizations in a very effective way. My relationship with MCF has proved invaluable."

Leslie Blodgett
CEO, Bare Escentuals and MCF Donor since 2006