Grants and Loans
The Foundation, with funding from the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust, makes discretionary grants to nonprofit organizations and schools in Marin County under its 2010-2014 Strategic Plan.
In addition to making grants, the Foundation makes low-interest loans to Marin nonprofits through the MCF Loan Fund.
The Foundation provides ongoing annual support to the three "major projects" of the Buck Trust: The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the first independent research facility in the country focused solely on aging and age-related disease.
The Buck Institute for Education is a research and development organization dedicated to improving the practice of teaching and the process of learning.
Alcohol Justice fights to protect the public from the impact of the alcohol industry's negative practices.
Family and Community Funds
The Foundation is home to more than 350 charitable funds established by individuals, families, nonprofit groups, and businesses. These Family and Community Funds consist of donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, unrestricted funds, and others. Grants from these funds support charitable activities in Marin, elsewhere in the U.S., and around the world.
MCF also hosts several supporting organizations, which are charitable entities that operate under the umbrella of the Foundation's public charity status. Supporting organizations have been established by families as well as by financial institutions that offer donor-advised funds to their clients through these vehicles.
The Foundation also has one programmatic supporting organization, 10,000 Degrees (formerly Marin Education Fund), which is the scholarship arm of MCF.
MCF Property Holdings
Finally, the Foundation has a separate entity, MCF Property Holdings, which manages buildings owned by the Foundation in Marin that are rented to local nonprofit groups. It also manages meeting spaces that can be used free of charge by Marin County nonprofit organizations.