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Update Autumn 2013

By September 22, 2013 No Comments

The West Marin Fund had a busy summer and fall, with community outreach events, visits to grantees and advisors, gatherings to update our Circle of Directors and Advisors, and a well-attended ConFab in late October.  Our Youth Engagement grantees were busy throughout West Marin this summer helping or hiring young interns, student scientists or tour guides.

The reports are now coming in on our Round One grants for capacity building: helping our non-profits improve their own fundraising efforts.  We’ll post some of the comments as they come in — suffice to say that the West Marin Fund found a niche that needed filling!

Several House Parties in West Marin gathered neighbors to hear about the Fund’s activities and to garner insight and concerns for the West Marin Fund to consider. Thanks to Mike Durrie and Catherine Lucas, to Mary Ann Petro, and to Kathy Maxwell for hosting.
Here’s a photo:

Neighbors gathered at Mary Ann Petro's

Neighbors gathered at Mary Ann Petro’s

Our October 16 ConFab at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station gathered over 50 people for shared learning and a lively networking reception.  Attorney Tom Silk, the renowned lawyer who’s tracked non-profit law for 50 years, prepared a set of papers on essential points for Non-Profits — “cliff notes” for attendees. In a conversation that included the West Marin Fund’s board chair Harriet Moss and Executive Director Catherine Porter, Tom covered these key areas, like qualifications for non-profit status, rules on lobbying, employment law, and insurance requirements and recommendations.

The Q&A fielded questions that will help inform future ConFab topics: more guidance on insurance, help with labor law, and board responsibilities.

Here’s Tom’s Paper:Silk paper on Non-Profit Boundaries

and a few photos!:

Tom Silk presents essentials on Non-Profit legal concerns

Tom Silk presents essentials on Non-Profit legal concerns

Some of the ConFab planners:  Beth Perry, Harriet Moss, Catherine Porter, Cindy Ohama

Some of the ConFab planners: Beth Perry, Harriet Moss, Catherine Porter, Cindy Ohama

A full house for shared learning

A full house for shared learning

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