The Charitable Foundation

Dedicated to the people, geography, safety and environment of Sleepy Hollow in Marin County, California


We encourage Pledging now and making payments to fulfill your pledge in up to three payments, over two tax periods. Once you make your first payment, your 2nd and 3rd payments will occur in 6 month increments. This helps us  manage cash flows during construction. You may select from several giving methods and donate without pledging.

Below, select Pledge/Payment to pledge and make the first of three donations of $1,500 by credit/debit card or PayPal account.

If you prefer a different Pledge amount or giving methods, view and download the Flexible Pledge Form, and send it to  for our records. It allows you to plan your donations in three payments, over three tax periods, and have the flexibility at each payment to choose the method of giving that is best for you at that time.

To donate though PayPal or credit/debit card without pledging, select  Donate at any time and as often as you like. 

Select Instructions to read or print the Donor Giving Guide for making gifts of securities, distribution from an IRA, or by wire transfer.

You can also donate any time by check payable and mailed to Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation, 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Plese note that this automated pledge option is 3 paymnts of $1,500, every 6 months. The terms on the PayPal page are a bit confusing but we cannot edit it. You can also make a pledge donation of any amount by using the pledge form. Email us if you have questions. 

About the Foundation

The Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation is dedicated to the residents, geography, safety, environment of Sleepy Hollow and other charitable and public benefit activities .  A primary activity is to fund and manage the rebuild of the Sleepy Hollow Community Center that will allow residents to come together and relax on a daily basis, and be the base for our Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) initiatives that make us all safer.

SHCF was incorporated in California in November 2012, and received tax-deductible charitable status from the U.S. IRS on March 13, 2013. Its directors are Sleepy Hollow residents, some of whom are also directors of the SHHA. Current directors are Spencer Adams, Luke Argilla, Jan Blackford, Lorraine Ferrarese, Jen Gauna, Scott Hintergardt, Bradley Johnson, Pete Mayer, Ryan Nail, Cathy Sarkisian, and Shaun Westfall.

SHCF and the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) are separate organizations which share the goal to build the new Community Center.  Some structural details:

  • SHCF operates the facilities at 1317 Butterfield Road via a 30-year lease from the SHHA, is the borrower of the debt to build the new center, contracts to build the center, and receives all payments of rents, leases, and use agreements. It will operate the building as landlord and for its charitable purposes, including fire safety, senior activities, fitness, and education.
  • SHHA owns the land at 1317 Butterfield Road, and has leased to the SHCF the right and responsibility to build and operate the new center for 30 years. At the end of the lease, ownership of all facilities at 1317 Butterfield Road reverts to the SHHA. SHHA guarantees the debts of the SHCF and will lease from the SHCF space and use to carry out all missions of the SHHA for the Sleepy Hollow community, including the family swim program.

Benefits of the new Sleepy Hollow Community Center

 Our investment means:

  • New lifespan for a jewel of our community. Built to the highest safety, accessibility, and environmental standards, the Community Center will encourage a broad range of activities and events of interest to our residents of all ages.
    • No more burglar-barred doors. Instead, an active center built and run by the community with a small main floor office for an onsite manager/activities director as needed.
    • Spaces for multiple uses, allowing more than one activity at a time, including meetings and classes, planned gatherings, informal get togethers, quiet conversations or business meetings, movies and sports on a big screen, poker and other games, exercise classes or workouts, adults’ and children’s parties, educational programs.
  • High safety construction with emergency power, a refuge in times when we might be affected by natural disasters, isolated by earthquake, suffer power outages, or need shelter for temporary, partial evacuations.
  • Accessible to all, including an elevator for easy access to the second floor SHFPD offices and flex spaces for fitness classes, exercises, and other classes or practices.
  • Home for the SHFPD in permanent offices and with access to a meeting/classroom and space as needed for its educational mission, increasing awareness of fire risk, preparedness that can save our property and or lives, and readiness to act safely in an actual emergency, including evacuation. Other spaces are convertible for emergency use by first responders and the community.  The SHFPD in its Findings Approving the Public Facilities Lease with SHCF stated that “…its current lack of operating and emergency facilities constitutes the main challenge to long-term District preparedness and recovery capabilities.”
  • Setback from Butterfield to allow drive-through for safer access for children and parents, by car, bike, or walking. Increased parking.
  • Some increase in rentals for mid-sized gatherings because of its new quality. However, outside rental income is not a significant factor in planned operations.
  • A treasure for us now, support for our property values, and appeal to a new and future generation of families considering a home in Sleepy Hollow.

When we look at the plans and drawings, we see children enjoying our own “pocket park,” adults and teens stopping in to meet friends, watch a movie or sports event, play games. We hear interesting speakers, music and dance performances, choir practice, children’s story hours, maybe teen band nights. We are in tutoring, exercise, or other classes of interest without having to leave the Hollow. We enjoy neighborhood celebrations, planned and informal gatherings.

What do you see at the center? What will benefit you? Whether you are a senior or empty nester, teen or middle schooler, parent of young children (or teens or middle schoolers), commute to an office or work from home, tell us what you want to see, hear, and do at the center. Email subject: Community Center Benefits

Why Pledge and Donate Now?

The first phase of fundraising for our new Community Center (when it appeared that the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection Board might contribute up front to the rebuild) raised more than $800,000, proving long-time resident and community leader Frank Berto right when he said Sleepy Hollow is a group of people "who give a damn" about their community. One couple, sadly leaving Sleepy Hollow, recounted the decades of joy this place brought them.  They thanked all of us and wrote a significant donation.  Another resident calculated the years she had lived in Sleepy Hollow, made a big donation, and called it a bargain. New families stepped up to help build a treasure for a new generation in Sleepy Hollow.

Fundraising paused in 2016 when it was clear that the funding had to shift to a combination of debt and additional contributions from the community and as we sought clarity about the SHFPD’s commitment to the project.

Much has been accomplished since then:

·         Completed plans and specifications for the new building, the result of many hours by SHCF and SHHA boards, and other volunteers with valuable expertise who collaborated with neighbors and safety specialists to oversee completion of plans and specifications for the new building. Visit the Community Center page to see and walk through the plan drawings  A few details:

·         One story and a half with about 5,000 square feet on the main floor and 2,000 on the second floor, which is open to the gathering room below.

·         Space is flexible, to be adapted as community needs change, meeting requirements of the SHFPD and the needs of our residents of all ages and a wide range of interests.

·         Highest point of the roof is 29’3” above grade; grade is approximately 107 feet above sea level.

·         Set back farther from the street to allow a drive through drop-off and 6 parking places.

·         Completely up to date with State and County code and compliance with Green Building Requirements, including safety, accessibility, drainage and landscaping.

·         Obtained necessary approvals and permits, received competitive bids, and selected Schalich Brothers, Inc., who worked with us promptly in 2016 to reduce costs and continues to work with us for containment of cost increases despite delays in beginning construction. We now expect to begin construction in April after the worst rains. We currently expect costs to complete the project from this point forward will be approximately $3.7M. 

·         Preserved $475,000 to lead our investment. ($325,000 of original donations has been spent to get to this "shovel-ready" point

·         Arranged debt financing, with loans of $2.075M and proceeds of $1.870 after paying off the pool mortgage. We borrowed $975,000 from Bank of the West at 5.16% for ten years on a 25-year amortization schedule. After paying off the pool mortgage (which had a balloon payment in 2020), we have $770,000 proceeds on hand from the bank loan. To complete the debt package, 11 community members each agreed to lend $100,000 on an interest-only basis for ten years at 6%. These monies will be drawn in up to three installments as needed during construction. Review the operating projections and the debt retirement plan.

·         Negotiated an agreement with the SHFPD for their use of the facility, ensuring their presence at the Community Center for their critical work on our behalf to reduce fire risk, prepare for a fire emergency, and recover from disasters of any kind. This also fulfills of a significant charitable purpose of the SHCF and models an important message: the Community Center is a resource for all residents.

·         Activated a Construction Management Team, led by Dave Grubb, 45-year resident of Sleepy Hollow, SHHA President in 1977, and retired Chairman/CEO of Swinnerton Builders, one of the largest commercial construction companies in the country. The team also includes long-time resident Phiroze Wadia, structural/earthquake engineer  is a 44-year resident and ex-scoutmaster of Sleepy Hollow Troop 50, Steve Knox, 30-year resident, retired Chevron Engineer, and Luke Argilla, 38-year resident, retired Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Swinnerton Builders. Numerous other residents have added their expertise and time through the design and permitting process, the bidding and selection process, and are ready to assist further with construction management, coordination of donated materials, coordination of architectural and design finishes and furnishings.

Today we are engaged as a community to finish the job so well started. Total costs to complete the project are now $3.7M.  Cash on hand in the Foundation from prior donations and proceeds of debt are $2.345M, leaving a need to raise $1.35M. View funding sources and uses of project funds.

This is a serious and achievable effort for our community of 800+ homes, which has seen generations of families through the years donate time and money to create this Sleepy Hollow we enjoy. Sleepy Hollow now is home to hundreds who participated in the community meetings and planning that set us on this course and hundreds who have chosen Sleepy Hollow since then. We should not ignore this chance to fulfill the vision and SHFPD’s stated needs for a permanent operating and emergency facility at the center of Sleepy Hollow.  Our lives and properties are on the line.  Success will come when all of us now commit to finish the job.

We can pledge now and make our donations over three tax years (2018, 2019, and 2020). Pledging now for a total contribution but making your tax-deductible donations in up to three payments gives you flexibility and lets us manage cash flow during construction.  An average contribution of $4,500 per household, payable over three tax years at $1,500 per year, gets the job done. Some will give much more, some less. Every donation supports the new center and confirms the notion that this community does still “give a damn.” Together, we can seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to further enhance this special place

Return to the top to pledge and schedule donations, donate now by credit/debit card or PayPal account, and see the Donor Giving Guide with instructions for other ways to give, including gifts of securities, wire transfers, and donations from an IRA.

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