The Commons Foundation

About TFC

The Commons Foundation is a citizen-led 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is leading this fundraising initiative.  Our charter is to fund, build with the City and sustain the new library. Our Board and Champions are dedicated to using this once in a generation opportunity to transform Larkspur and the lower Ross Valley.

TCF Leadership

Joe Jennings, Board President
Terry Berkemeier, Board Member
Jon Ellenzweig, Board Member
Jeanne Friedel, Board Member, Treasurer
Katherine Green, Board Member, Secretary
Chris Hartzell, Board Member
Cindy Winship, Board Member
Kristi Ellenzweig, Champion
Lori Lerner, Champion
Serena D’Arcy-Fisher, Fundraising Counsel
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City of Larkspur and TCF Partnership

On November 4, 2020, the Larkspur City Council unanimously voted to enter into a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the City of Larkspur and The Commons Foundation (TCF) to build a $5 Million Library building at the Rose Lane Community Facility parcel.

TCF has until November 2022 to raise $5 Million in cash. After fundraising is completed, the City will solicit bids to design and build a $5 Million facility, which will be designed to serve the dual purpose of a modern library and community meeting space.

It is anticipated that the building will serve as the first phase in a multi-phased approach to building a larger library and community center. The phased approach comes after review of multiple options to move forward with the development property. Based on analysis of the site location and its potential uses, the City has determined that a phased approach best meets the needs of the community.

TCF Historical Timeline

5/18 LLCC Task Force Founded

10/18 5 Organizations Unanimous Vote for LLCC to Lead on Fundraising

10/18 City-LLCC Work Group formed

11/18 LLCC recommended, City approved The Commons branding

12/18 City 501c3 Transferred, The Commons Foundation started

12/18 The Commons Foundation Fundraising begins: $280,000 Raised, $213,280 Balance

2/19 The Commons Foundation Hired Partnership Resources Group

5/19 Community and Government Relations meetings ongoing

8/19 City of Larkspur Unfunded CIP Workshop Presentation

9/19 Fundraising Feasibility Study Completed; First major planned gift received; established Organization Fund managed by the Marin Community Foundation

10/19 Erected Future Home of The Commons and the new Larkspur Library sign.

12/19 Initiated Seedling Campaign

2/20 Champions Recruited

3/20 Covid Shutdown

7/20 Annual Campaign Launched, First Grant

11/20 City-TCF Agreement Announced

1/21 Capital Campaign Launched

6/21 Donor Appreciation Event

Advisors

Urban Planning and Architecture
  • Scott Lockard, Lockard Design
  • Matt Hartzell
 

Construction

 
  • Dennis Fisco, Seagate Properties, Inc., two-time former mayor of Mill Valley, leader on fundraising and building the Mill Valley Public Library and Community Center
  • Mike Folk, True North Construction
  • Michael Hooper, Campus Property Group
  • Brian McLeran, Founder,  McLeran Roofing

Endorsements

The Larkspur City Council is pleased with the agreement and appreciates the substantial efforts of The Commons Foundation to support the creation of a new library and community center at Rose Lane,” stated Mayor Catherine Way. “The Commons Foundation has been instrumental in helping channel that energy into a concerted fundraising effort in support of a new building. We look forward to the next steps and to continuing our partnership through this process.”

Friends of the Larkspur Library: “It was my absolute pleasure to participate in a briefing given by The Commons Foundation and architect extraordinaire Scott Lockhard to discuss the conceptual design of the proposed new Larkspur Library, “said Barbara Friday, President of the Friends of the Larkspur Library. “Hearing Scott describe his design process informed by the the tradition, beauty, and community spirit of Larkspur gave me every confidence that this effort will result in an enriching gathering place for us all.”

Larkspur Community Foundation: “Seeing what is planned for the Phase One Library is very exciting, particularly with flexible spaces for all age groups in our community to make a dynamic community place. We want you and the Commons Board to know that the Larkspur Community Foundation went on record: “To endorse the Commons Foundation phased project to build the Larkspur Library and Community Center.”

Larkspur Community Foundation Board of Directors (Sandy Blauvelt (President), Joan Lundstrom (Secretary),Molly Wuthrich (Treasurer), Kristin Abbott, Laura Anderson, Jody Coker, Larry Chu, Sheri Mowbray,& Sallyanne Wilson)