The Best Fundraising Events in Marin

Center for Domestic Peace

No one said giving to charity has to be boring, and these events more than prove that you can have a nice night out while supporting a good cause. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Center for Domestic Peace: In Celebration of Mothers (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Fundraising Event picks see below.

Our 2023 Philanthropy category sponsor is Chambers + Chambers.

We’ve broken it down by region: Central and Western Marin.

Central | Western

Central Marin

Marin Valentine’s Day Ball Benefiting Side by Side

San Anselmo

Founded in 1895 in Marin County as an orphanage, Side By Side operates across the Bay Area as a support network for youth that have been impacted by trauma and adversity. All their services are tailored for what each young person needs, from mental health assistance to transitional housing. Their Marin Valentine’s Day Ball is a celebration of love that helps in-need youth.

300 Sunny Hills Drive, Bldg. #5 San Anselmo, 415.457.3200

Center for Domestic Peace: In Celebration of Mothers

San Rafael

It’s a sad truth that domestic violence continues to affect so many people, and the Center for Domestic Peace is here to provide support. They provide a range of services regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, and have a number of educational materials so that people who are being abused can find out how to acquire the help they need.

734 A St, San Rafael, 415.924.6616


San Rafael

SchoolsRule fundraising gala returns in 2023 after their three year hiatus! Their cause is to ensure every public school student has access to the same high quality programs, no matter which zip code they happen to live in. They fund public schools across the county to help even out the playing field.

1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, 415.491.6680

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Pennies From Heaven

San Rafael

St. Vincent de Paul has a mission to provide compassionate, individualized assistance to help their most vulnerable neighbors obtain nutritious food, affordable housing, meaningful employment, and a voice in the community. Their crisis assistance programs have grown to support over 8,000 people annually, including housing Marin’s chronically homeless and supporting those who are precariously housed.

820 B Street, San Rafael, 415.454.3303

Western Marin

Halleck Creek Ranch Buckles and Bling Annual Gala


This rustic horse ranch is so much more than just a place to ride. From bridle to saddle, the benefits of horse therapy are not to be underestimated, be that from the muscle gained through riding to the self-esteem gained from safely handling and befriending a large animal. This fun event filled with food and wine is preceded by a week of an online charity auction to support the work Halleck Creek Ranch does.

1740 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 415.662.2488


Chambers + Chambers Architects: 2023 Best of the County Philanthropy

Focused primarily on custom residential and interior design services, Chambers + Chambers is a boutique architectural practice in Mill Valley. Understated elegance, richness in color and texture and classical detailing are signature elements of Barbara Chamber’s award-winning designs.

What got you interested in philanthropy?
Giving is an expression of spiritual gratitude that makes the world a better place for everyone. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for children and so I’m compelled to give to those organizations.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Tribe Rising India is working to lift the Santal tribe out of abject poverty through education. By building the first-ever high school dedicated to Santals, they are overcoming caste prejudice and creating generational change. 
Why is it important for someone to give?
I believe our gifts are meant to be shared. When we do, we change individual lives and also impact our world.