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About the Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation

The Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation (SHCF) is dedicated to the safety and well-being of residents, the environment of Sleepy Hollow, and other charitable and public benefit activities. 

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 President, Kai Broms, Lorraine Ferrarese Treasurer, Bradley Johnson, Pete Mayer, and Ryan Nail Vice President.

SHCF and the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) are separate organizations which share the goal to build the new Community Center. Phase 1, completed summer 2021, has given a new lifespan for a jewel of our community. Build to the highest safety, accessibility, and environmental standards, the Sleepy Hollow Community Center encourages a a broad range of activities and events of interest to our residents of all ages.

Some organizational 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 leases from the SHCF space and use to carry out all missions of the SHHA for the Sleepy Hollow community, including the family swim program.


Design and Benefits of 

Community Center Renovation

The jewel of our community now has a new life. Built to the highest safety, accessibility, and environmental standards, the Community Center encourages a broad range of activities and events of interest to our residents of all ages. Phase I, main building renovation, opened July 2021. Phase 2 locker rooms and new outdoor shower opened spring 2022. Emergency supplies building and small site office opened April 2023. This freed up the "flex room" to be a small workout gym. 

  • High safety construction with emergency power and communication, a refuge in times when we might suffer power outages, be affected by natural disasters, isolated by earthquake, or need shelter for temporary, partial evacuations.
  • Accessible to all, and all on one level. An active center built and run by the community with a small office for an onsite manager / activities director as needed.
  • Preserving the original slab and much of the structure including the exposed beams and fireplace in the Founders Room, clear redwood panelling, and original columns.
  • Preservation of the grand space for traditional gatherings, with added flexibility to divide the two parts of the larger space, the Founders Room and Legends Room, to accommodate simultaneous activity or control heating costs.  In all, a beautiful venue for mid-sized gathers, although outside rental income is not a significant factor in operations.
  • Enclosing the old “front porch” created a beautiful scene from Butterfield, a cozy retreat for small conversations or quiet reading. 
  • Home for the SHFPD in permanent offices and storage space, use of meeting/classroom 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. All parts of the building are convertible for emergency use by the community and first responders.
  • New entry on the south side of the building behind an entry gate provides security for the site and allows for a one-way, two lane drive through with safe pick up and drop off area and one accessible parking space.
  • Operating efficiencies and up to date State and County code compliance with green building, energy, accessibility, and safety codes. Features include insulation, glazing, LED lighting, zoned heating, fire alarm and sprinkler system, emergency lighting, improved drainage, seismic upgrades, FireWise landscaping, and more.

Donate or pledge now.  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. Or send a check anytime to Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation, 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Or email with questions or suggestions.

For more on the history of the Community Center, from the 1950s and rebuild efforts that began in 2013, visit History of the Community Center and Rebuild Efforts.

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