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ForWords Fund
To ensure equitable access to education for youth who face language, cultural and economic barriers.

ForWords, established in 2014, provided literacy programs for low-income, under-served students in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In 2023, the Board of ForWords voted to dissolve ForWords Literacy Lab as a 501c3 charitable organization and transfer its financial assets to the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) through a donor advised fund (DAF) agreement. Under the umbrella of MCF, a ForWords Fund Committee established by the ForWords Board of Directors will decide which Marin County nonprofit organizations will be awarded grants from ForWords’ remaining funds and interest accrued in the ForWords Fund account. This will ensure that the ForWords mission will continue, and their constituencies will be served through the work of other like-minded organizations.

ForWords Fund Committee Members: Gail Siegel (ForWords Founder); Larry Siegel (ForWords Founder), JD; Natalie Levine, David Nelson, JD; Daniel Sarna, PhD; Cheryl Ruby, PhD

Should you choose to support this organization or project, your contribution will be made to Marin Community Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

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