December 27, 1932 – November 6, 2018
Richard and his wife, Doris Ober, were the founders and original funders of our Giving Through Youth program, which provides West Marin students the opportunity to experience the pleasure of philanthropy while learning about their communities and nonprofits.
The Giving Through Youth program was introduced to West Marin schools by the Fund in 2015 to encourage young people to think about the process of giving to others and the work of local nonprofits. In the last four years, thanks to the support of Richard and Doris and the generosity of other community members, local school classes have selected 29 nonprofit organizations to receive $28,875 in 44 grants for a range of important community activities. All this was accomplished thanks to the dedicated efforts of hundreds of students and teachers in three schools in West Marin who diligently carried out research on local nonprofits.
Richard and Doris often attended grant award ceremonies, thanking the students for their work and giving each student a Coastal Marin coin, another project of Richard’s. The thrill on students’ faces in receiving the coins was palpable, as was the pride they took in making their grant recommendations and knowing that their efforts would make a difference in the community.
We are deeply grateful to Richard and Doris for their creativity, enthusiasm and generosity. We look forward to continuing their wonderful legacy with future West Marin students and the Giving Through Youth program for many years to come.