About Us

Tamalpais Trust is a twenty-year charitable lead family trust created in 2012. Grant awards are made through RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, California. Currently in year six of operation, we work closely with a core of Indigenous-led grant partners and advisors in many different countries. While our trustee and small staff are not currently Indigenous Peoples, we rely on the advice and wisdom of many close friends and consultants from across the world who come from and live in Indigenous communities. We believe in and support human rights for all, gender equity, and collective leadership. The wisdom and practical expertise embodied in Indigenous ways of knowing and learning are of critical importance to the well-being of our whole world. We feel it is a privilege to work with dedicated leaders and groups who give their lives promoting and revitalizing endangered Indigenous languages, traditional and innovative Indigenous educational systems, holistic ways of caring for and protecting forests, waterways, communities, territories and Indigenous responses to climate change. Most of all, we believe in long term relationships, creative ideas, and accompanying others in offering service and love to Mother Earth.

Grant funds are committed to:

  • Grant awards congruent with the needs and priorities set forth by Indigenous people
  • General operating grants and/or regranting funds to build capacity and relationships between and among Indigenous-led organizations and networks
  • Connecting individuals and groups (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) locally, regionally, and globally who are building holistic alliances by learning and working together
  • Supporting the development of Indigenous-led philanthropy
  • Indigenous models of leadership, with special interest in women and youth
  • The preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages, traditional lifeways and knowledge, biocultural networks and territories
  • Supporting the dissemination and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights for Indigenous Peoples.

We are sorry not to accept unsolicited grant proposals, but are available to be in contact by email or phone to discuss your ideas.

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 151048
  • San Rafael, CA 94901
  • 415.456.8787

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