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Novato, CA
1 to 50 employees
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$50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Marin Community Foundation Reviews

  • "Beautiful offices, good coworkers, fun perks, and meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Grantmaking in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Grantmaking in Novato, CA
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    I have been working at Marin Community Foundation full-time (More than a year)


    The people are very smart, professional, kind, friendly, and interesting. That's the best part. The pay is pretty generous for a nonprofit. MCF has a beautiful building - their uniquely styled offices are in a converted airplane hangar, and they have rotating art exhibits. There are often cool, fun events and speakers, and you really get to stay on the pulse of current events and local happenings, if. You enjoy that sort of thing, you're in for a treat. It's a great place to come to everyday and feel like you are making a difference and helping others - and that vibe is definitely in the air.

    Excellent benefits, including health, sick leave, doctor's appointment leave on top of that, 3 weeks paid vacation after you've been there a year, retirement 403(b) account they pay into 12% of your salary (regardless of whether you pay into it or not), 4 hours a month paid time to volunteer at any nonprofit in Marin during work hours, MCF will match your donation to any nonprofit nationwide with a donation to a Marin nonprofit of your choice.

     There is a strong work culture of being healthy and eating well, staying active, etc. They even have an ergonomic specialist come in and assess your workstation after you're hired! If you need encouragement in this area, it is very supportive atmosphere. However if you enjoy having free donuts, soda and the occasional birthday cake at work you're out of luck.


    There is some inconsistency in the way the various departments operate. Also departments can feel a little siloed at times. It is definitely a more formal, serious work culture at MCF – coworkers basically never go to happy hour together after work. But that could be a plus depending on your personality and style. They do have a lunchtime hula class though!

     I find personally that it can be very frustrating when you don't agree with some of the strategies that MCF is using to tackle local problems, or that the Foundation is unable to be effective on an issue due to local bureaucracy red tape, politics etc. for instance Marin's top two problems are lack of public transportation and lack of affordable housing, and there is only a limited amount that MCF can do about affordable housing, and almost nothing they can do about public transit.

    There is also a real lack of anywhere good to eat lunch around there, since you're basically in a residential neighborhood.

    Also, for most positions, there is no way to advance within the organization and you can feel a bit stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the fun factor, and create more opportunities for the departments to mix more often.

    Operations need an overhaul to be made more consistent throughout the organization, to truly make it feel like a unified organization. Considering advancing positions from within more often, and offering the necessary assistance for training, certification, additional degree etc. in order to promote from within.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Marin Community Foundation.


    Though the people of MCF are wonderful, this interview process was a bit opaque and frustrating. I appreciate the need to thoroughly screen candidates and find the best fit for your organization but that should be held in a balance with what you're asking of future colleagues.

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    • MCF will send you a questionnaire with roughly 25 questions during an additional screening (after the phone interview). This is their practice for other roles as well, in my experience. All told, my responses required several pages and an entire weekend to prepare. I received no feedback from MCF or the recruiters. Though this request was appropriate for the position, I've never had this step (a skills test, writing prompt, etc.) take place before an interview with the hiring manager or staff because it's a big ask that truly benefits from workplace context. This process sends a message to prospective employees - your time is more valuable than mine.   Answer Question
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