LLCCF Recommendation to City Council
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On Wednesday, August 14, the Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation (LLCCF) presented an update to the City Council in a workshop devoted to the City’s unfunded capital improvement projects.

We covered an update on the LLCCF, the feasibility of fundraising for the library community center project, and what we, the city and the LLCCF, need to do to make this partnership successful.

The net of the Feasibility Study and the recommendation to the City is:

• The City and LLCCF need to address the issues raised in the study regarding the case statement and the partnership

• Phase the construction

• Build a modern library and The Commons outdoor gathering space and parking

• $12.5M Budget

• LLCCF will raise $5M and the City will contribute $7.5M to the project

We would like to have the opportunity to brief everyone who has been involved in the LLCC Foundation on these developments and next steps. We have arranged for two meetings the first week of September:

Tuesday September 3, 10:30 am

CMPA Headquarters, Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur


Monday September 9, 5:30pm

CMPA Headquarters, Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Please let us know which if the two meeting you can attend. This will be a short presentation of the Feasibility Study findings to date and then discussion. We expect the meetings will take about an hour.

NY Times: Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions
New Austin Texas Public Library.

New Austin Texas Public Library.

Libraries are having a moment. In the past few years dozens have opened across the world, resembling nothing like the book-depot versions from the past…

To attract visitors from home and abroad, many libraries have advanced, even quirky amenities. They have rooftop gardens, public parks, verandas, play spaces, teen centers, movie theaters, gaming rooms, art galleries, restaurants and more.”

New LLCC Foundation Sign Coming Soon
Prototype sign for the Rose Lane Property.

Prototype sign for the Rose Lane Property.

Location for new LLCC Foundation Sign

Location for new LLCC Foundation Sign

We will be putting up a 4’x6’ sign at the Rose Lane property soon announcing that this is the future home of the Commons at Larkspur and the Larkspur Library Community Center.

Watch for an announcement. We plan to have a public event for the unveiling of the sign soon.

City Council Meeting on Unfunded Infrastructure projects on Wednesday August 14 at 5 PM
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The City Council is holding a Study Session on Wednesday, August 14 starting at 5 PM regarding the Unfunded Infrastructure projects in the Adopted Capital Improvement Plan.

“This study session is for the Council to review and discuss with staff. While general direction may be given to staff, the Council will not make specific decisions or take any actions. The Council may direct the City Manager to place specific topics and items on the agenda of future, regular Council meetings.”

After the 30 minute dinner break, the Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation will be meeting with the Council regarding the Community Facility Parcel at Rose Lane.

The agenda and staff report are available here.

August 2019 Fundraising Update

A brief overview of our fundraising status:

The LLCC Foundation has raised $280,000 in cash and in-kind donations since December 2018, and has a cash balance of $213,280 as of 8/12/19.

Partnership Resources Group, a profession fundraising consulting firm, is in the final stages of conducting interviews for the Fundraising Feasibility Study. We anticipate the interviews being completed in September. The Study is being done to:

  • Assess feasibility of $25M campaign

  • Devise capital fundraising strategy

  • Identify and cultivate early major donor interest

  • Recommend implementation program

We will update you all when we get the results and thank you for your support.

June 2019 Update
LLCC Foundation Board at Bon Air Center

LLCC Foundation Board at Bon Air Center

Just an update on The Commons at Larkspur and the Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation's (LLCCF) progress -


We have raised $250,000 and retained Elliot Levin and Partnership Resources Group to conduct a fundraising feasibility study. The study is in process and we expect results later this summer.

City of Larkspur

We have a working group comprised of the City’s Mayor Ann Morrison, Council Member Kevin Haroff, City Manager Dan Schwarz, and the LLCCF Board that meets monthly to coordinate the public-private partnership.

Community Relations

We have recruited Armelle Futterman to manage our Community Relations. She has organized and held 5 small group meetings in different neighborhoods (Palm Hill, Lark Court/Larkspur, Rose Lane, and Scott Place/Greenbrae). At these meetings, we meet with neighbors in groups of 6-12 to explain where we are in the process and solicit input and support.

Many thanks to Lori Lerner and Terry Berkemeier, Jan and Bob Ginsberg, Dyan and Peter Pike and Gabe Gesmer for hosting these events.

If you are interested in hosting or attending a small group meeting please contact us through our website.

Education Relations

We have recruited Kristin Abbott to manage our outreach program to schools, districts and parent organizations. She is beginning to set up meetings for us to introduce the LLCCF and our project to different leaders and groups.

Government Relations

We have held meetings with selected state and county elected and government officials to introduce the LLCCF.

Business Relations

We have joined the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we will be meeting with various business groups to introduce the LLCCF and solicit input and support.


We have a website, have appeared in the Marin IJ, and are building out our social media presence on Facebook with other platforms coming soon.

Redwood High School Architecture Competition Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
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The Redwood High School Architecture class will be displaying their drawings and models of a new Commons at Larkspur and a new Larkspur Library Community Center.

The project judges will evaluate the projects in terms of such categories as Best Overall Project, "Friendliest" Neighbor, Best Library Design, Most Sustainable, Most Creative Use of Materials, etc. The program for friends, family and the general public begins at 5 when the award recipients will be announced.

Where: Community Room, Central Police Authority Headquarters, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Date: Wednesday May 29

Time: 5 -6 pm

Successful Seedling Campaign Donor Event

On April 23 we hosted our first Seedling Fund event for donors to the LLCC Foundation's Seedling Fund. 30 people attended and organizations represented included: City Council members, City of Larkspur, Larkspur Community Foundation, Friends of the Library, Library Board of Trustees, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Library Foundation. Thank you all for your support.

Seedling Campaign Successful, Small Group Meetings Starting Up
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Fundraising Exceeds Seedling Campaign Goal

We have met and exceeded our goal for the Seedling Campaign. Total funds raised is $257,023 (including the city's second $50,000 matching grant.) Many thanks to our donors and the foundations who gave us grant funds.

Small Groups Meeting Program

We are beginning a Small Groups Meeting Program to reach out to small groups of friends in the five cities: Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross and Corte Madera. Our goal is to meet with people on The Commons at Larkspur and the LLCC Foundation to bring them up to date on our progress and plans and listen to their input.

Would you be interested in hosting such an event? Please volunteer here and we will contact you.

Completing the Seedling Campaign
California Super Bloom 2019. Photo by N. Clark

California Super Bloom 2019. Photo by N. Clark

The LLCC Foundation is very close to meeting our 2019 goal and receiving the second $50,000 matching grant from the City of Larkspur. We need to raise the final $6,761 to receive the matching grant.

The Seedling Campaign was launched in December 2018 to pay for the first year of fundraising, architecture, legal and communications costs for the new Larkspur Library Community Center. To date the Seedling Campaign has raised $193,239 of the $212,640 goal.

Seedling donors will receive special recognition as founding contributors. We will keep you updated on our progress in bringing The Commons to life. We will be ending our Seedling campaign on April 15th, and are hosting a Seedling donor thank-you event on April 23rd.

Will you please help us to reach that goal? If you have not yet given, please consider a gift, and if you have given already please consider an additional gift to help us reach our goal.


Marin IJ, Larkspur volunteer leads campaign for city commons

By MARYANN JONES THOMPSON | | Marin Independent Journal

PUBLISHED: March 17, 2019 at 12:43 pm | UPDATED: March 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Larkspur resident Joe Jennings has stepped up to do what nobody has been able to do despite 50 years of trying: build a new city library.

Jennings says he envisioned the project’s potential when walking St. Francis Way, from Assisi to Rome, with his wife Marisa. Along the ancient route, every town he entered had a piazza where the old, young and in-between gathered.

Larkspur Library Foundation provides $25,000 Grant for the LLCC Foundation

Larry Lanctot, the president, on behalf of the Larkspur Library Foundation Board of Directors, notified the LLCC Foundation that we will be receiving a $25,000 grant, payable over 5 months, for the capital campaign.

Library Foundation Board members include: Kristi Ellenzweig, Jim Hunnewell, Larry R. Lanctot, Lois Patton, AJ Rea, Paul Straub, Nick Tarlson, and Philip Terry.

This will bring total funds raised by the LLCC Foundation to $188,059 and leaves us just $11,911 short of the additional $50,000 needed to get an additional $50,000 grant from the City.

Many thanks to the members of the Library Foundation board and to Task Force members, Paul Straub and AJ Rea, for shepherding this grant through their process.

If you know of anyone who intends to give money to the LLCC Foundation please let them know the Seedling Campaign ends at the end of the month, and it is vitally important that we complete this round to collect the additional $50,000 from the City. In essence giving now doubles the impact of a gift.

Good News from the Larkspur Community Foundation

The LLCC Foundation today was notified that we have received a grant. Joan Lundstrom, Secretary, wrote "I am pleased to let you know that the Larkspur Community Foundation (LCF) at yesterday's (March 5) Board meeting, approved a $2,500.00 grant to the Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation for startup costs associated with fundraising and architecture to the Center. We are pleased to help provide initial "seed" money for this exciting community project."

Background on the LCF

The Larkspur Community Foundation was created in 2013 by local residents to support projects and activities that sustain Larkspur’s historic small town character and enhance the community’s quality of life now and in the future. The foundation seeks to engage the greater Larkspur community in philanthropic and volunteer opportunities, thus expanding charitable giving and volunteer activity.

The Larkspur Community Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) California public benefit nonprofit corporation. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you so much to the LCF and their Board!

New Fundraising Work Group Meets

Thursday, February 28 the LLCC Foundation Fundraising Work Group held its first meeting to initiate planning the capital campaign..

Work Group members include: Jeanne Friedel, Katherine Green, City Council member Kevin Haroff, Kathleen Hartzell, Mayor Ann Morrison, Steve Stein, and Joe Jennings.

The Work Group is working with the LLCC Foundation’s fundraising counsel, Partnership Resources Group.

Marin IJ Article on the LLCC Foundation

Somewhat mangled, but our first mention in the Marin IJ.


Task force kicks off library fundraising

A citizen-led task force has been formed to raise money for a new library and community center in Larkspur.

The Commons at Larkspur is a proposed project on 2.4 acres of city-owned land on Rose Lane.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for our community to create a new gathering place for people, programs and resources to enrich our citizens and grow the sense of Larkspur Village,” Mayor Ann Morrison said in a statement.

The task force is aiming to raise up to $20 million for the project.

The City Council this month agreed to match up to $150,000 toward the project from the city’s general fund.

Seedling Campaign Milestone Achieved
Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)

Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)

The LLCC Foundation Seedling Campaign reached a milestone on February 17 when it crossed the $50,000 funds raised line.

Seedling Campaign Success

Started in December 2018, the Seedling Campaign is to pay for first year fundraising, administrative and architectural planning costs. In less than 8 weeks we have:

$51,161 Funds Received As of 2/18/19

28 Donors

$1,827 Average Donation

Why it is Important

The Larkspur City Council approved on February 8 providing the LLCC Foundation with $150,000 in three $50,000 installments. The first installment is a $50,000 grant which has been given to the LLCC Foundation.

The second installment will be provided when the Foundation raises $50,000.

The third installment will be provided when the Foundation raises another $50,000 or $100,000 total.

How You Can Help

If you have not yet donated please consider making a donation so we can receive the next $50,000 matching grant from the City.

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters.

City of Larkspur Matching Grant

We have very good news.

If you donate to the LLCC Foundation Seedling Campaign now to support the first year's fundraising and architecture costs, your gift will be matched up to the first $100,000 received by the LLCC Foundation.

The Larkspur City Council approved on February 8 providing the LLCC Foundation with $150,000 in three $50,000 installments. The first installment is a $50,000 grant which has been given to the LLCC Foundation. The second installment will be provided when the Foundation raises $50,000. The third installment will be provided when the Foundation raises another $50,000 or $100,000 total.

The Seedling Campaign was launched in December 2018 to pay for the first year's fundraising, architecture and support costs. Your tax-deductible donation is critical within the next 30 to 60 days. As a Seedling you are supporting this project at its inception and will receive recognition as a founding contributor.

The Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation (LLCC) Foundation is a citizen-led 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to raise the necessary funds, and collaborate with the City of Larkspur to construct the Commons at Larkspur and the new Larkspur Library Community Center on the City’s vacant land at Rose Lane and Doherty Drive.  The LLCC Foundation was founded in May 2018.

For this limited time your gift will be matched by the City of Larkspur's funds to enable the LLCC Foundation to move forward with fundraising and architecture work on the Commons and the LLCC. 

Friends of the Library Grant Received
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We are very pleased to announce that the Commons at Larkspur, LLCC Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the Friends of the Library as part of the Seedling Campaign.

The Friends of the Library is the primary volunteer organization supporting the library’s programs, cultural events, books, and materials. They strive to instill the love of reading and the excitement of learning in library patrons of all ages.

We want to thank the board of the Friends for their support and urge everyone to join the Friends and support the ongoing program needs of the Library.