From the Board President and CEO

Last year was our most important and impactful year yet. On the heels of a global pandemic, we met critical milestones and launched new initiatives to support immigrants and their families on a pathway out of poverty. Your investment made this possible, and helped to create a stronger and more equitable Marin for everyone. Thank you for your partnership.

What does this progress look like? More than 150 students are on track to become the first in their families to graduate from college. We know that when students have personalized academic support, they develop the knowledge and confidence to graduate from college. Yet because first-gen college graduates still face many barriers to the professional workplace, we expanded our support by launching a new college to career program.

We also know that when immigrants have one trusted place that can help address all of their needs — even if that means referring them to a trusted partner — they face fewer obstacles on their path to a better life. Nowhere is the impact of our model felt more strongly than in the way that our immigration and social services teams collaborate to provide personalized support to the newcomer youth who are arriving in Marin after fleeing violence or crushing poverty in their countries of origin.

Others in our community are learning English, gaining digital skills and becoming US citizens; they are gaining quality jobs and launching successful small businesses.

While there is much progress to report, many challenges remain. Every day we hear from immigrants who face a myriad of obstacles as they simply seek to ensure safety, security and wellness for their families. Fortunately, we also hear from many people like you, who support our mission and are determined to stand up to ensure that immigrants have equitable access to resources and opportunity.

With your support, we continue to deepen our work to change the systems and structures that oppress and marginalize the low-income Latino immigrant community. We strive to lift the voices of the community and, with our nonprofit partners, to implement a strategic policy plan aimed at improving family well-being, economic security, and housing stability.

We look forward to the next 40 years with optimism and determination. Thank you for your partnership and trust.

Gina Claxton

President, Board of Directors

Omar Carrera

Chief Executive Officer

A snapshot of the Impact you helped us to achieve


Latino students are overcoming odds to be the first in their families to obtain a college degree, and giving back as volunteers and young professionals. We are inspired by these young people, and proud to support them by providing intensive academic support, leadership development, social-emotional learning, college scholarship support, outdoor education, mentorship, and access to our licensed behavioral health services. 

immigrant youth

As an undergraduate student juggling courses in psychology, Jordan Vasquez volunteered as a teacher’s aide at Canal Alliance, helping immigrants learn to speak English. Now, as part of a growing team with Canal Alliance’s newest program, Jordan serves as a mentor to newly arrived immigrant youth.

Graduate looks
to the future

Maria Espinosa is among Cal Poly Humboldt’s first graduating class of 2022. She has been part of our University Prep program since middle school, took advantage of outdoor enrichment opportunities, and is among the first group of graduates in our emerging College to Career program.

in a skilled

Immigrant entrepreneurs are growing small businesses and workers are gaining skills that lead to higher paying jobs, often while working full-time and raising children. Our workforce programs include ESL and digital literacy classes that provide a stepping stone toward greater opportunity, and certificate-based training and small business classes that support people on their journey toward financial security.

Entrepreneur achieves through education

Melkyn Mazariegos came to the U.S. from Guatemala as a teenager to support his family and make a better life for himself. He took advantage of every educational opportunity available to him, including ESL and workforce development classes at Canal Alliance. Now 22, Melkyn has started his own business.

A budding flower business takes root 

Fifteen years ago, Iris de Leon took ESL classes at Canal Alliance. Last year she started her own business. “It just made sense for me to go into the flower business. I’m good at this and I love it. The only thing was, I had to update my knowledge and skillset in order to successfully plan for my business. That’s why I took the Construyendo mi Negocio classes.”

Empowering community
leaders & new voters

Neighborhood leaders are making an impact by advancing initiatives to increase opportunity, improve neighborhood safety, and enhance quality of life. Our immigration legal services and citizenship classes support people to explore their legal options and obtain work authorization and citizenship. We help new U.S. citizens to register to vote and support their dreams of fully participating in our democratic processes.

A family’s path to political

Gabriela Araceli Guiterrez and Filemon Para Hernandez met while working in a factory in Michoacan, Mexico. They moved to the U.S. in search of opportunity, raised their family in Marin, and with support from our immigration and adult education teams, became U.S. citizens so they could vote and make a difference for the community.

Neighborhood leader creates change

“We are parents who live in the Canal and after work we dedicate time to volunteer, to address the problems of the community,” says Darling Ruiz, co-founder of Voces del Canal. We are proud to stand with Voces del Canal to fight for equitable services that improve quality of life in the Canal neighborhood – change end to public health, safety, transit and more.

To Create
an Equitable

We partner with people who share our belief that Latino immigrants should have support to help them break the generational cycle of poverty. Each year, we engage hundreds of volunteers to support our mission and programs, and collaborate strategically with other leaders in industry, government, and the nonprofit sector to expand immigrants’ rights and access to opportunity and resources.

Scientist inspires young Latinas

Krystal Sandza is a technical scientist at BioMarin and a role model for young women in our University Prep program who are exploring STEM careers. This kind of mentorship is critical for students who are the first in their families to attend college. Krystal is also a member of the Canal Alliance board and a passionate advocate for social justice. 

University student gives back

As a Canal Alliance intern, Britney Guiterrez Calderon registered new voters and advocated for equitable public infrastructure. Britney is one of dozens of students who partner with us through the service learning program at Dominican University of California, a long-standing social justice collaborative with Canal Alliance that deepened in 2022.

Impact by the Numbers


wage increase
for Workforce Development graduates after one year on the job


in tax refunds
returned to the community

2,016 hours

of English language and digital literacy instruction for 300+ ESL students


COVID-19 tests performed – an average of 40 per day


individuals and families received services to improve their health, well-being and stability 


unaccompanied minors
supported by our immigration and social services teams 

816 hours

of academic tutoring
provided to UP! students

1,700 clients

received social and behavioral health services, and 2,500 families accessed our food pantry

43 clients

became U.S. citizens


in scholarship assistance
provided to 44 college students

14 health workers

provided 200 hours of outreach every month

Our Programs

  • Adult Education
  • Affordable Housing
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Covid Health Services
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Social Services
  • Weekly Food Pantry
  • Workforce Development 
  • Youth Education


July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Audited Results


Individual Contributions$3,412,678
Grants & Awards$3,947,843
Corporate Support & Matching Gifts$91,365
Government Contracts$2,927,227
In Kind Contributions$820,206
Housing Rental Fees$212,784
Administrative Fees & Other:
PPP Loan Forgiveness$635,965
Other Income$15,000
Program Fees$1440


Social Services$1,704,591
Youth Education$1,184,700
Adult Education$2,863,363
Immigration Legal Services$1,271,283
Canal Housing$703,397
Policy and Civic Engagement$234,110


We are grateful to everyone who supports our mission, and pleased to recognize the following individuals, families, and institutions for their giving at the leadership level.

Leadership Giving Circle

Angels $250,000+

  • County of Marin
  • Crankstart
  • Maja Kristin Fund
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Marin County Health and Human Services
  • Nancy H. and James Kelso Fund
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • State of California Department of Social Services
  • Tides Foundation
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Wheeler Trust

Visionaries $100,000 – $249,999

  • Anonymous x 3
  • Mitchell and Susan Cohen
  • College of Marin
  • Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr.
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs
  • The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  • The San Francisco Foundation

Ambassadors $50,000 – $99,999

  • Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
  • Dora Freedman Levit Fund for People
  • Kelson Foundation
  • San Rafael City Schools
  • Solli Ball Family Fund
  • The Todd and Doris Ahlsten Foundation
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation

Advisors $25,000 – $49,999

  • Anonymous x 3
  • Bank of America
  • Catherine Burke
  • Dodge and Cox
  • Heffernan Foundation
  • Hugh and Elizabeth Fullerton Full Circle Fund
  • Jill and Anthony Macri Family Trust
  • Leestma Family Foundation / Little Flower Fund
  • Mental Wellness Foundation
  • Morris Stulsaft Foundation
  • Partnership Healthplan of California
  • The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The Kimball Foundation
  • The Three T’s Foundation
  • United Way of the Bay Area
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

Advocates $10,000 – $24,999

  • Anonymous x 7
  • Richard and Connie Adams
  • Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, a supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • Amy Christensen and Drew Curby Fund
  • Bank of Marin
  • Battaglia Family Charitable Fund
  • Butch Nachbar Fund
  • California Endowment
  • City of San Rafael
  • Thomas A. Cohen and Kristi Denton Cohen
  • Destino Fund
  • George L. Shields Foundation
  • Susan and Dennis Gilardi
  • Girard Foundation
  • Hilltop Group Charitable Foundation
  • Kleid Family Charitable Fund
  • Koogle Foundation
  • Kreitzberg Family Foundation
  • Dee M. and Richard H. Lawrence, Jr
  • M.S. Grumbacher Foundation
  • Margoes Foundation
  • Vera and Kenneth Meislin
  • Mission North Inc.
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Bob and Paula Reynolds
  • Rjp True North
  • Karen Rosenquist and Matthew Kropp
  • Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation
  • Michael and Alison Seaman
  • Richard and Diana Shore
  • Terrapin Crossroads
  • The Annette Nibley Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
  • The Chrysopolae Foundation
  • The Daniels Family Fund
  • The Keep it Going Fund
  • The Kenan Family Foundation
  • The Lindsey Family Fund
  • The Marin County Probation Department
  • The Shakti Fund
  • The Venables Foundation
  • UnidosUS
  • van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
  • Wendy’s Wish Giving Fund
  • Zephyr Fund

Partners $5,000 – $9,999

  • Anonymous x 10
  • Katherine Agnew
  • Doris and Todd Ahlsten
  • David Becker and Ann Peckenpaugh Becker Philanthropic Fund
  • Betsy Gordon Foundation
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Allan and Sydne Bortel
  • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Gina and Al Claxton
  • Trent and Denise Cutler
  • David Williams
  • Edna Wardlaw Charitable Trust
  • Leslie and James Eichenberger
  • Steven Fox
  • Fullerton Family Foundation
  • Deborah and Jonathan Goldman
  • Steven T. Gorski and Mary C. Walsh-Gorski
  • Melissa Grimm
  • David and Marjorie Guggenhime
  • Colleen and Robert D. Haas
  • Hershey Baer Fund
  • Elizabeth Roy Jenkyn and Oliver Jenkyn
  • Charles Marc Sarosi and Lillian Kanter
  • King Cahill Family Fund
  • Kjellson-Zweifach Family Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
  • Joyce and Robert Kleiner
  • Duff Kurland, Carol Nusinow Kurland and Mikayla Kurland
  • Marin County USBC Association
  • Marin League of Women Voters
  • Michael Metzner
  • Melissa Nelken and Ronald Lee
  • Becky Norquist
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Paul Family Giving Fund
  • Ingrid B. Pelton
  • Becca Piastrelli
  • Pamela Polite Fisco and Dennis Fisco
  • Anthony T. Psychoyos
  • Richard K. Robbins
  • Sarti Family Charitable Fund
  • Zachary Scott and Carly Hall
  • Christopher Senn and Inge Hendromartono
  • Sara Spero
  • Jamie Stobie and Daniel Ben-Horin
  • Kat Taylor
  • The Barron Family Charitable Giving Account
  • The Education Trust – West
  • The Fred Gellert Family Foundation
  • Thomas and Tricia Theodores Foundation
  • Vote Safe California
  • Wardell-Smith Raabe Family Fund
  • Wareham Development
  • Beverly Windle

Associates $2,500 – $4,999

  • Anonymous x 5
  • Alan Grumet and Sonia Lee Charitable Fund
  • Anderson/Zand Family Charitable Fund
  • Roberto and Jennifer Balmaseda
  • Morris and Carolyn Beazley
  • Courtney Benham
  • Bianucci-Reilly Family Fund
  • Bill and Patty Blanton Fund
  • Nick and Joan Boodrookas
  • Chevron
  • Susan Clark and Philip Sisson
  • Comcast
  • Judith P Coy
  • Gatian Cunningham
  • Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
  • Marsha Dugan
  • Diane and Dan Farthing
  • Daniel Gelbaum and Terri Moreno Gelbaum
  • David Goodman, MD
  • Google
  • Sid Hartman and Miguel Ruelas
  • Hayman Family Fund
  • Grace A. Hughes
  • Lawrence and Mary Ellen Hughes
  • Aaron Kahn
  • Margaret Keon
  • Cort Larned
  • Valerie Layne
  • Nelson Lee and Lia Rudnick Lee
  • M. Sheila Merritt and Robert D. Mass Family Fund
  • Daniel Markovitz
  • Camilla Marvel
  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
  • Moeller Foundation, Inc.
  • Montecito Market Place Associates
  • Nightingale Fund
  • Thomas and Sandra Ogden
  • Pabst Family Charitable Fund
  • Peter Pike
  • Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund
  • Rayner Foundation
  • William and Stephanie Ryder
  • Salesforce.org
  • Erik Schten
  • Mary Ann Sprague-Denison
  • Suzanne L. Zimmerman Charitable Fund
  • The O’Neill Family Fund
  • The Outdoor Art Club, Inc.
  • The Ticknor Foundation, Inc.
  • David Thompson and Maureen Broderick
  • Rev. Margaret and Mr. Richard Trezevant
  • Barbara Ward
  • Alexandra M Webster
  • Amanda Weitman
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Scoby Zook and Kristine Brown

Friends $1,000 – $2,499

  • Anonymous x 25
  • Adina Beaumont
  • Amaya Periodontics
  • America’s Best Local Charities
  • Andrew and Susan Marrinson Fund
  • Apple Inc.
  • Arthur A. and Phyllis W. Berger Charitable Fund
  • Autodesk
  • Matt Bearson
  • Benjamin and Sara Greenspan Fund
  • Eric S Bindelglass and Gabrielle Tierney
  • Bryan Birch
  • Bird Family Fund
  • BlackRock, Inc.
  • Sophia Boralli
  • Patti Breitman
  • Alison Bricker
  • Ryan D. Bricker and Carolina Martin
  • Sue Burrell and Donald Kerson
  • Caroline and James Burroughs
  • Mary Button-Tait and Richard Tait
  • Omar and Erin Carrera
  • Mario Castaneda
  • Center for Domestic Peace
  • Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Edward Chen and Janet Lee
  • Comann Charitable Fund
  • Drs. David L. and Rebecca E. Conant
  • June Cooperman and Lawrence Litvak
  • Laura Cox and Jay Cohen
  • Joshua Davis and Jessica Nenner
  • Ceci De La Montanya
  • Debra Thal Charitable Fund
  • Denison Family Foundation
  • Mark and Catherine Devereaux
  • Paul Finkle and Susan DeVinny
  • Diane and Joseph Stemach Charitable Fund
  • Diane Ongaro Fund
  • Gayle Donsky and Morton Stein Philanthropic Fund
  • Elkin Family Fund
  • Charles and Nel Ellwein
  • Louise and Timothy Erdman
  • Saskia Feast and Axel Brait
  • Fellom Family Fund
  • First Congregational Church of San Rafael
  • Dean and Sandra Foose
  • David Frankenberg
  • Alan Front
  • Kim Gaddy
  • Gerard Buulong and Fred Silverman Fund for Marin
  • Leslie Gerstenfeld
  • Jennifer and Brian Ghidinelli
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Bill and Susan Goldsborough
  • Garret Goo
  • Michelle L. and Normand A. Groleau
  • Kathryn Guarascio
  • Carole and Gerald Gunn
  • Betsy Guthrie
  • Matthew Hamre
  • Arno Harris and Nadine Burke Harris
  • Terry Helbush
  • Stacy Hering Astor
  • Evan Hirsch
  • Hock Investment LLC
  • Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, PC
  • Lori and Mark Horne
  • IBM Employee Services
  • Yumiko Igarashi
  • Nancy and Mark Jacobs
  • Jacqueline and David Spielberg Fund
  • Dennis and Pamela Joyce
  • JSA International U.S. Holdings, LLC
  • George and Virginia Jurkowich
  • Linda and Jim Kasper
  • Patricia Keaney
  • Keller Foundation
  • Keenan Kelsey
  • Michael Kilgroe and Patricia Burbank
  • Kim Weiss Family Fund
  • Carol Korenbrot
  • Michael and Marna Kramer
  • Kim Lambert and Gregory Bell
  • Martha Ann Langston
  • Joan and Martin Lasden
  • Laurie Gregg Fund
  • Robert and Judith Leedy
  • Carl Duisberg and Laura Lindskog
  • Rory and Jan Little
  • Elaine Livengood
  • Marin Charitable
  • Emily and Peter Martin
  • Sandra Massen
  • Nancy Masters and Paul Cohen
  • Malcolm Kenneth Whyte III and J McDade-Whyte Fund
  • Kevin and Aramie McDonald
  • McKinsey and Company
  • McNabb Foundation
  • William Mitchel and Amy Worth
  • Carol I Moeller Costa
  • Lars and Jill Monroe
  • Kevin Morrison
  • Dorothy Mott
  • Sheri and Doug Mowbray
  • Elizabeth M. Muir
  • Barbara Nathan
  • Carter and Carol Njus
  • Norman Borromeo Charitable Fund
  • Laura and Bruce Olcott
  • Olivia Orr Fund
  • Patricia and John O’Neil
  • Margaret Peggy Osterkamp
  • Diane Parish and Paul Gelburd
  • Fred and Amy Paulenich
  • Kenneth Perlmutter
  • Barry Phegan
  • Bob Pinder
  • Billie Post
  • Catherine Ramberg
  • Sanford Redlich
  • Revelle-Hufbauer Fund
  • Bradon Rice
  • Jana Rich and Gillian L. Nash
  • Marshall and Anne Richman
  • Joyce and Gary Rifkind
  • Karen Robbins
  • Robert K and Barbara Straus Family Foundation
  • Sandy Rolleri
  • Jane and Phillip Rollins
  • Jessie Rountree and Stephen McDaniel
  • Sachleben Sullivan Family Fund
  • Melanie and Jeffrey Salman
  • Samuel and Irene Saligman Charitable Trust
  • Dale Satake
  • Nancy Schlegel
  • Jeremy Schneider
  • Sea Trek LLC
  • Shelagh Smith Giving Fund
  • Jack and Judy Sherman
  • Jane Sherman
  • Elizabeth Shortino and Peter Eisenberg
  • Roberta Silverstein and Stephen Sperber
  • Slevin Family Giving Fund
  • Cheryl Sorokin
  • Ricardo Soto
  • Domenic Stansberry
  • State Farm
  • Stephen and Britt Thal Charitable Gift Fund
  • Nancy Sumner and Jeffrey Slavitz
  • Wendy Swenson
  • Rachel Tallant
  • The Barad Family
  • The Colin Family Charitable Fund
  • The Colwell Family Fund
  • The Conway Frankel Family Fund
  • The Donna Isralsky-Jodie Silberman Fund of Horizons Foundation
  • The Howard and Irene Levine Family Foundation
  • The Nancy Heydemann Fund
  • The Nuer Foundation
  • The Peter G. and Kristin V. Gordon Charitable Fund
  • The Solomon’s Choice Charitable Fund
  • The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • The Uplands Family Foundation
  • Jane and William Thornton
  • Mary Tierney
  • Lana T. and Paul B. Tietjen
  • Toby E. and Robert Rubin Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Bruce Todd
  • Michele and Kwei U
  • Elizabeth Ury
  • Michael Verheecke
  • Verla K. Regnery Foundation
  • Virginia Fifield Fund
  • Diane and Bob Wagner
  • Rebecca Ann Wakeley
  • Heather and Pic Walker
  • William Wardlaw and Julia Parker
  • Suzanne and David Warner
  • Warren and Amy Weber Trust
  • Ieneke Wassenaar
  • Sharra Weasler
  • Genevieve Wiersema
  • Marika Páez Wiesen and Eric Wiesen
  • William and Christney McGlashan Fund
  • Susan Wolf
  • Georgia Wright
  • Linda Zeichner
  • Linda Zipperstein

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