NOMINATED NONPROFITS | Fall 2022
Health & Human Services: Vivalon
For over 65 years, Vivalon has served as the central resource hub for Marin County’s older adults and people with disabilities. Vivalon has helped this valuable population stay active, informed, supported and nourished, while also meeting their crucial transportation needs.
We believe that beyond our services of Rides, Meals, Classes, Care and Advice, there is something more vital at work: the sheer power of human connection. Our goal is always to help the individuals we serve thrive through that power of connection, to live a more vibrant, healthier and happier life.
Vivalon is the largest nonprofit serving older adults and people with disabilities in Marin County. Learn more.
Youth and Education: Mount Tamalpais College
For nearly 25 years, Mount Tamalpais College—formerly known as the Prison University Project and Patten University at San Quentin—has provided a world-class higher education to students who are incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. In 2022, we were granted Initial Accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. We are an academic institution unlike any other in the U.S: an independent liberal arts college specifically dedicated to serving incarcerated students. Learn more.
Health & Human Services: Zero Breast Cancer
Zero Breast Cancer promotes breast cancer risk reduction through translation of scientific research and evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life.
Breast cancer risks are not clear-cut or sudden; they are complex, they interact and they are embedded in our physical and our social environments. Therefore, risk reduction and prevention efforts must be multi-faceted, incremental and sustained.
At Zero Breast Cancer, we focus on modifiable risk factors—things that we can change—either individually or within our community. We recognize that social and economic conditions impact our ability to live in healthy places and pursue healthy behaviors. While many disparities are systemic, through education and empowerment we can increase our resilience and change our environments to improve the health of all. Learn more.
Arts, Culture & Humanities: Performing Stars of Marin
Performing Stars was founded in 1990 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the belief that providing involvement in art, music, theater and other enrichment opportunities for low income and at-risk children would help them "reach for the stars" as they grew and matured rather than acting out in negative ways.
Since then Performing Stars has served over 3,000 low-income youth in Marin. Thirty-two years of history shows that youth participating in Performing Stars have become strong young people who are poised to make good personal decisions. Learn more.
Other/Public Benefit: Marin City Community Development Corporation
Established 1979, the Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) came together to address the growing disparity between the small community of Marin City and Marin County.
Since then, MCCDC has become the employment experts for the Marin City, Marin County, and beyond. Our mission is to enhance community development and economic self-sufficiency through employment services, mental health, and financial education. Learn more.