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Investing in Our Communities

At Bank of Marin:

  • We believe that doing our part to build a stronger community for all is essential to our collective success
  • We strive to support nonprofits that foster community and economic vitality, equitable access to educational resources and an enriched quality of life.
  • We commit to being a collaborative community partner through focused leadership, volunteerism, giving and financial education.

Since opening our doors in 1990, the Bank and its employees have donated millions of dollars, served on hundreds of nonprofit boards/committees and volunteered thousands of hours to local philanthropic endeavors.

Each year, Bank of Marin donates at least 1% of pre-tax profit to positively impact the communities we serve. We have been named a “Top Corporate Philanthropist in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times since 2003, and was recognized as a community leader as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy award from its inception in 2014 until the award program was retired in 2020.

Our annual grant program generally focuses on the following giving priorities across 10 Northern California counties – Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma Counties.

Community & Economic Vitality: Foster a thriving economy and community by supporting efforts to meet basic needs.

Organization and programs related to:

  • Basic needs and social safety net programs,
  • economic development,
  • affordable housing,
  • and small business support, especially BIPOC and women-owned business.

Education: Enable youth and adults to gain the skills to thrive personally and professionally.

Organization and programs related to:

  • Youth and professional development programs,
  • access gaps in education (especially S.T.E.A.M. education) and professional development,
  • affordable housing,
  • and youth mentorship, college preparedness and academic success.

Enrichment & Wellness Enhance quality of life and provide access to health and wellness programs.

Organization and programs related to:

  • Access to arts and cultural experiences,
  • animal rescue and animal-human therapy,
  • disability programs,
  • and environment and sustainability.

Charitable Contributions: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in a grant from Bank of Marin!

The application period for 2022 Charitable Contributions is now closed. If you are interested in funding for 2023, please see guidelines and instructions below.

2023 Charitable Contributions

Application window opens Mon., Oct. 10 at 9am and closes Fri., Dec. 2, 2022 at 5pm.

We recognize that there are many deserving programs and though we are not able to meet every request, we will review each request with careful consideration and review each proposal based on its merits.

*Our giving policy prohibits contributions to individuals, private foundations, “pass-through” organizations (organizations that re-grant funds), political or lobbying activities, and cause-related marketing.

Please note the following attachments are mandatory components to the grant application process. If attachments are missing, applications will not be eligible for funding. All attachments should be uploaded in PDF format.

  1. Narrative including the following:
    1. Organization’s mission statement
    2. A description of the organization and services and programs offered
    3. A description of the geographic segment of populations served, including total number of organization participants served and percentage of low to moderate income (LMI) individuals served and number of individuals served based on grant request size
    4. If you are applying for event sponsorship:
      • Date of the event, venue location and expected attendance
      • Sponsorship print deadline to be included in materials
      • An overview of available sponsorship levels and associated benefits
      • An overview of tangible benefits including fair market value (FMV) of sponsorship
      • A list of all levels of sponsorship for the event in addition to all FMV for each level
  2. Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) letter
  3. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 (completed)
  4. Current Board of Directors list and affiliations
  5. Approved 2022-23 Operating Budget and/or 2021 Internal Revenue Service Form 990

*Online application link will be available here on Mon., Oct. 10, 2022 at 9am.