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Successful Aging

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We encourage potential applicants--both current and prospective grantees--to read about MCF's overall approach to grantmaking, our grantee relations commitments, and updates on working with MCF.


The goal of this Community Grant area is to make Marin County a positive and viable place in which to age.

The growth rate of the older population in Marin is one of the fastest in the state. One in four adults in the county are 65 or older—higher than the state average. While many older adults in Marin have resources to age well, one-third of Marin's older adults—or 21,000 residents—live on a fixed income and do not meet the elder self-sufficiency standard (i.e., $27,000 per year to cover costs of living in Marin).

The Successful Aging community grant area aims to support programs that help keep older adults, especially low-income older adults, healthy and actively engaged in community life. Older adults with access to a coordinated network of health and social services, along with opportunities for both community engagement and employment, are more likely to age in place with maximum health and dignity. A healthy, fully-engaged older citizenry ultimately benefits the entire county.

The Marin Community Foundation defines older adults as individuals who are 60 years of age and older. Given limited resources and the very challenging economic climate, Foundation resources will be designated to meet the unique challenges of low-income older adults who are aging as safely and independently as possible in their homes.

A logic model for this strategy has been developed that further explains the approaches, activities, and desired impact of this goal area.

Click on "Report on Needs of Older Adults" to read a report on services and programs needed by older adults in Marin County.


Grants, Results, and More

Click here to learn about grants made under this goal area, along with results, an impact story, and background about this issue.

To read a report on the cultural competence of providers serving older adults to meet their needs, click on the title of the report to the right.


Strategy: Promote a comprehensive, efficient, and effective system of services and programs that allows for successful aging by older adults through the following approaches:

Approach A: Develop a coordinated system of health and social services for older adults.

Approach B: Strengthen the delivery of core health and social services

The Foundation has published a “Review of Relevant Literature—Outcome Measurement and Best Practices in the Older Adult Services Sector,” which lists an array of outcome measurement tools.

You can download the Literature Review here.

Approach C: Foster volunteerism and community involvement for older adults

Volunteering by Older Adults

MCF has published a report, "Volunteering by Older Adults in Marin County," which discusses the benefits for the volunteers as well as the agencies where they volunteer. This is the executive summary. To obtain a copy of the full report, contact Shirin Vakharia at 415.464.2541 or by email.


This strategy is open by invitation only and will not use an open competitive grants process.

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Program Director, Health & Aging

Program Director, Health & Aging

Shirin Vakharia

Program Director, Health & Aging


"The more I work with the MCF, the more impressed I am by the Foundation's professionalism, commitment to mission, and dedication to donor charitable intentions. MCF is an exceptional resource to our charitable community and provides much needed stewardship of donor assets. I am always very pleased to be able to refer clients to them."

Julia Sze, CFA
Managing Director, Sonen Capital, LLC, member of MCF's Investment Committee, and a donor since 2006