It is an exciting time at Bank of Marin as it grows to serve a larger Northern California footprint. With this expansion comes the ability to have an even greater impact on the communities it serves.
Bank of Marin founder William P. Murray, Jr. firmly believed that the bank would always “do well by doing good.” For more than 30 years, Bank of Marin has delivered on that promise in its approach to business and corporate giving. “In fact, it is so central to who we are and what we do, it is one of our three guiding principles,” says Bank of Marin President and CEO Tim Myers. “We give back to our communities through our corporate giving programs and active employee volunteerism, including nonprofit board leadership.”
Bank of Marin supports and encourages its employees to get involved in their communities. Last year alone, bank employees provided more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service despite social distancing restrictions and served on more than 85 nonprofit boards.
Through its charitable grant and community sponsorship program, Bank of Marin donates at least 1 percent of pre-tax profit to nonprofits that focus on community and economic vitality, education, and enrichment and wellness programs. The bank feels that addressing critical needs in these foundational areas build a socially and economically stronger society.
Since Bank of Marin merged with American River Bank in August 2021, it has already made an impact on the community, supporting local organizations such as Saint John’s Program for Real Change, PBS KVIE, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and United Way California Capital Region — and the bank is just getting started!
Bank of Marin opened its doors in 1990 and has since donated over $7.5 million and employees have provided over 75,000 hours of their time to philanthropic endeavors.
Learn more about Bank of Marin’s community programs.
I have been a special education teacher for 15 years. I have had so many families who are just trying to make ends meet. This year, I have several single parents or parents that are cramped up in a tiny apartment. Most of these families are paying $2,000 a month rent for a low-end shack. Every housing assistance program or organization has at least 2 years of a waiting list. Most of my single parents cannot work, because of their child's disability. Most of them have Autism and can have social/behavior difficulties. These families are from disadvantaged backgrounds and most probably have bad credit from doing what they needed to do to survive. The absolute injustice is that they are being taken advantage of from slum lords. They are paying the same amount money for their 2-bedroom shack that I pay for my 4 bedroom house with a pool. They mostly are on aide and have the assistance of their child's SSI check. Some of my mom's do have an occasional child support check. I can read people pretty well and these families are hard-working, put their children first, and deserve a chance to own a home. I know you are associated with hundreds of non-profit agencies. We need a program to help families and give them the opportunity to be homeowners. If you could share some contact information on such programs with me, I would greatly appreciate it.