BCF In Action
The current beautiful weather reminds us that spring is just around the corner. Do you have a project in mind that will contribute to Belvedere’s beauty or way of life? You can fill out a grant application on-line at this website and receive an answer by late March. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 1. We look forward to reviewing your project proposal.
Thanks to everyone who made the Belvedere Community Foundation’s annual meeting a great success. As promised, you can view the wonderful videos from the meeting below. Click on the play button in the center of the image and enjoy!
We’re very excited that this year’s Annual Meeting will be in person in the City Hall Council Chambers! We hope you will join us.
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7 pm
Belvedere City Hall
Business Meeting, Photo Contest, and Refreshments
Attendance will be limited. RSVP using the link below.Register for BCF Annual Meeting
Attendees must be fully vaccinated.
BCF will comply with masking requirements and other COVID-related restrictions in accordance with Marin Public Health guidelines in place on November 18.
The photo contest is still open for submissions, but not for much longer! Deadline is midnight of November 3.
Look for our annual newsletter in your mailbox beginning Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The Belvedere Park gazebo became a wine bar and food trucks serving delicious dinners took over the basketball court as Belvedere celebrated 125 years of civic life on September 4. Children chased bubbles on the lawn, while kids of all ages enjoyed popcorn. Hadley Construction provided their tricked-out truck as a stage for live music. Mayor James Campbell addressed the revelers, recounting stories from Belvedere’s early years, while party organizers Adam Gavzer and Sandy Donnell reminded everyone of why we love Belvedere. Thanks to everyone who donated wine and to Anne Feinberg, whose decorations transformed the gazebo into a giant birthday cake. An open-air screening of “The Princess Bride” capped off the evening. Supporting and celebrating our special community is what BCF is all about, and we were thrilled to be the lead sponsor of this wonderful event. Photos by Jeffery Stein.
Golden Gate Lane offers sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge as it drops 180 steps from the 300 block of Golden Gate Avenue to Belvedere Avenue below. The lane was unimproved and was in danger of disappearing altogether until the Parks and Open Space Committee identified it as the first lane to be restored as part of the Belvedere Public Lanes Initiative. Work on the lane was completed in 2020 and landscaping is planned for completion in spring of 2021, after the unsightly power poles are removed.
BCF Board President Sue Hoeschler presented a check to the City on Valentine’s Day for $194,500, the total of a $50,000 grant from BCF and funds raised through BCF from private donors. Play the video above to view our thank you to the 18 civic-minded donors who contributed to this beautiful addition to our community.
Do you have a local project that needs funding? The deadline for spring grant applications is Monday, March 1, 2021. Use the forms provided on this website to submit your grant proposal electronically. Click on the “Apply for a Grant” box below to get started. We look forward to reviewing your proposal!
Belvedere lost an indefatigable contributor to our civic life when Janet Irene “Jan” Andersen passed away on March 18, 2020. The Andersens moved to Belvedere in 1997 and immediately fell in love with Belvedere’s beautiful views and winding lanes and stairways. A passionate gardener who knew the name of every tree, shrub, and flower on her hillside sanctuary, Jan was a member of the Belvedere Parks and Open Space Committee for sixteen years. She subsequently served on the Planning Commission, giving back to her community with energy and good humor. A supportive Advisory Trustee of BCF until her death, Jan also served as a BCF Trustee, including as Chair of BCF’s core committee, Grants. The City Council honored her with the Belvedere Community Spotlight Award for excellence in community service in 2017.
In Jan’s memory, her beloved husband Peter has pledged to make an annual gift to the Belvedere Community Foundation. We are honored with Peter’s trust, and we pledge to continue Jan’s legacy of love and commitment to Belvedere.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the 2020 Belvedere Community Foundation Annual Meeting was held virtually via Zoom on November 19. We all missed the social hour and refreshments following the meeting but enjoyed hearing about BCF’s accomplishments for the year.
A highlight of the meeting was a short video in which the 2020 grantees explained their projects and thanked BCF for its support. Here is the link to that video. Click the triangle in the center of the link to begin.
We also watched a video featuring the 2020 Photo Contest; click below on the Vimeo link for that video. When you reach the video screen, click the triangle in the lower left corner to begin.
You can also view the complete collection of 2020 submissions and take a look at earlier contests on this website. Congratulations to everyone who entered!
When Shelter in Place started in March, most of us expected it to last just a few weeks. Now that we have passed the six-month mark, we all realize that we are in it for the long haul. BCF is committed to supporting our community through this on-going emergency.
Belvedereans are socializing outdoors more frequently due to COVID19, and safe seating areas are at a premium. Benches are particularly in demand, as people can sit safely distant from each other and still feel connected socially. BCF is funding two sets of new benches, one set for Tom Price Park and the other for the new covered eating area at Reed School.
The Reed Schools Foundation is committing its resources to reopening the schools and has asked BCF for additional support. Among the Foundation’s list of needs are PPE and hygiene supplies, funding for additional staff to comply with state requirements, temporary classrooms, and additional school furniture and equipment to support social distancing and remote learning. BCF welcomes the opportunity to help our kids return to the in-class learning environment they need.
When our schools go back to in-person learning, they will initially use a hybrid model with a mix of in-class and remote instruction. For many essential workers, a part-time in-class program won’t solve their children’s academic and childcare needs. The Ranch has developed Academy Club for the children of local essential workers, combining a “learning pod” approach to distance learning with lunch, breaks, and play time. BCF is providing support for financial aid so that no family will be turned down due to an inability to pay.
The Tiburon Thrift Shop, a local institution for over fifty years, has reopened with reduced hours, hygiene stations, and barriers. BCF is happy to help make the Thrift Shop a safe and welcoming place again. Drop by and see what treasures are hidden in its cases and racks! The Thrift Shop supports the philanthropic activities of four local churches (St. Stephen’s, St. Hilary’s, Westminister, and Community Congregational) and the Landmarks Society.
Finally, no more COVID nightmares! In addition to its other programs to keep our Seniors connected and engaged during this difficult time, Tiburon Peninsula Village is testing the feasibility of an online stress reduction program for its members. Tiburon Peninsula Village has been a lifeline for local Seniors, and BCF is proud to keep supporting this valuable organization.
We at BCF hope that you are staying safe, sane, and healthy. Remember:
– Wear a mask
– Wash your hands
– Practice social distancing
Belvedere faces disruption from multiple sources – COVID19, natural disasters, and PG&E power shut-offs. BCF Vice President Doug Patterson formed an ad hoc committee to find out how BCF could help support disaster preparedness activities in Belvedere. The committee reached out to the City and the Block Captains to offer a special summer grant cycle devoted only to disaster preparedness.
The Board approved three grants:
1. Masks: The Block Captains will purchase a supply of KN95 masks to be stored for first responders in the event of a fire or biological emergency. In addition, the Block Captains will purchase disposable paper masks for our police department to share with those folks not currently wearing masks in public.
2. Emergency Gas Shut-off Wrenches: The Block Captains will make these available to households that need them.
3. Ice-Maker: During a power outage or natural disaster, there is a critical need for ice. Many residents have medications that need to be refrigerated, and ice is also necessary for treating sprains, fractures, and other injuries. The City will install an under-counter ice-maker in the community kitchen at City Hall (which has a backup generator) so that first responders have a reliable supply of ice for critical needs.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer block captains for helping us stay safe.