Giving at MP&MS

At Marin Primary & Middle School, we feel grounded and known, and that solid foundation sets us on a courageous learning journey. We rely on the generous support of committed volunteers and donors to advance our mission of instilling a lifelong passion for learning within a connected, authentic, joyous atmosphere. Through active communication and community building, the Development Office continually seeks ways for alumni, parents, and friends to connect and collaborate in support of the MP&MS mission.

We welcome all levels of participation and philanthropy and are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you. Finding meaningful ways for our families and friends to become involved is at the heart of our work. We are located in the front office and invite you to stop by and say hello or contact us with any questions!

MP&MS Annual Fund Snapshot

Annual Fund Facts: Every independent school relies on two revenue streams each year: tuition dollars and philanthropic donations.

  • Donations to the Annual Fund are an essential part of our operating budget.
  • Donations are also tax deductible, so families can enjoy that benefit when you make your gift.

Annual Fund Impact: The Annual Fund allows us to treasure childhood every day. A strong Annual Fund makes a good school great. Its impacts are many:

  • Salaries and professional development for our hard-working teachers

  • A low student to teacher ratio so that every student is known and nurtured

  • Funding for our art, music, drama, and athletic programs

  • A robust tuition assistance program that allows us to open our doors to wonderful families every year. 

Meet the Development Team

Trisha Fontan, Associate Director of Development
Trisha was born and raised in Marin County. As a fifth generation native, she comes from a family who was always active in local education and non profit organizations. Trisha entered the nonprofit sector because she felt it would provide her an opportunity to make a difference in the local community she knows and loves. With a degree in Sustainable Community Development and a familiarity with the landscape and culture of Marin County, Trisha spent over four years in development at Audubon Canyon Ranch. Having served in a range of development roles, Trisha has a demonstrated capacity for being flexible, staying organized, and multitasking, all while remaining enthusiastic and energetic. Trisha’s grandmother was a teacher at the Larkspur-Corte Madera School, which was located right here at 20 Magnolia Avenue. With a deep appreciation for small schools that promote community, Trisha and her partner Corio have a daughter, Maddie, in Kindergarten.

Development Committee
Eileen Sheldon, Development Committee Chair

Annual Fund Committee
Devon Fischer, Co-Chair
Nick Heldfond, Co Chair
Kasi Campbell
Brett Haberman
Christy Mohan
Mikaela Palmerton
Geoff Scheumann
Dennis Shin