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MARIN CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTES $166,000

Novato Spirit: Susan Freedman of the Grants Committee stands with Novato Spirit Founder Marian Huntington and Susan Gotti. Novato Spirit issues athletic scholarships to improve mental and physical of Novato's low-income children.

Marin Charitable, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization established in 1961, held a ceremony at Unity
in Marin in Novato on Friday to distribute a total of $166,000 to 58 local groups that support education
and enrichment for Marin adolescents who have limited opportunities. Marin Charitable holds at least
three major fundraising events a year, accepts additional donations from individuals, businesses and
foundations, and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to local organizations.
Marin Charitable Association began 57 years ago and has provided support to more than
8,000 children with limited opportunities. The work of its volunteer members has raised and
distributed more than $3 million in grants to nonprofits in Marin serving adolescents.
What sets Marin Charitable apart from other granting organizations is the vetting process, which
includes a meticulous perusal of written proposals and site visits to the requesting
organizations. These visits, during which grants committee members have the opportunity to meet staff
and discuss their program in depth, play a huge part in making sure the hard-earned funds go to those
organizations making a real difference in the lives of at-risk children.
The ceremony offers nonprofit leaders the opportunity to get to know one another and programs
offered in Marin with the intent to help motivate conversations and cross collaboration of services to
address crucial issues facing our young people in a rapidly changing world.

Novato Spirit: Susan Freedman of the Grants Committee stands with Novato Spirit Founder Marian Huntington and Susan Gotti. Novato Spirit issues athletic scholarships to improve mental and physical of Novato’s low-income children. Photo courtesy of Glen Graves.

Rose Jennings Newhouse, Chair of the Grants Committee, presenting grant to Jennifer Grellman of Being Adept, an organization serving all of Marin County by bringing college age kids to schools in Marin to discuss their struggles with addiction recovery. Photo courtesy of Glen Graves.

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