Every time you put $75 worth of
West Marin's $3 coins into circulation,
you can give $40 to the non-profit organization
of your choice.
How is it possible ? Pick up one of our new 25-coin boxes for $75. Spend the coins around town, give a few as gifts to out-of-town friends; if you’re a merchant, offer them as change to your customers. Then give the empty coin box to the non-profit of your choice. Coastal Marin Fund redeems boxes from non-profits at $40 each.
Designed by Bolinas wildlife artist Keith Hansen, these solid brass coins, worth $3.00 each, can be used at participating businesses throughout West Marin. The coin is engraved with local icons: the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Tule elk, an osprey with the pens and brushes of the community’s writers and artists in its talons, the bounty of coastal Marin’s farms and ranches, its wild beaches, the heritage of native people symbolized by the arrowhead, its ridgelines and abundant wildlife.
There are no grant applications or awards committees. You decide who gets the $40 contribution. And you can do this over and over again. So the next time some credit card purveyor or other enterprise tries to wow you with a promise to donate 1% of your purchases to a charity, think 56%. Because that's the percentage that goes to charity with our local coins!
Box of 25 $3 coins provides $75 to CMF.
Of the $75, $25 is set aside to mint new coins at approximately $1.00 each.
Of the remaining $50, $40 is paid out to local non-profits.
The remaining $10 is set aside for CMF administrative expenses if needed.
So far, where to find, trade, and/or use West Marin currency for cash:
- In Point Reyes: Flower Power, Zuma, Black Mountain Artisans, Point Reyes Books, Station House Café, Cabaline Country Emporium and Saddlery, West Marin Community Services office, Point Reyes Hostel, Garden of Eden Apothecary, West Marin Pharmacy, Palace Market, Hearth and Harvest, Gallery Route One, Toby's Feed Barn, View Points Gallery, and Epicenter; and at the farmer's market: Wild West Ferments, Wedgewood Organic Baker, Wild Blue Farms, Paradise Valley farms;
- In Inverness Park at Perry's Deli, Spirit Matters, and Abalone Inn;
- In Point Reyes National Seashore at Drake's Bay Oyster Farm and the Bookstore at Park Headquarters;
- In Dogtown at Woodville Ranch;
- In Stinson Beach at Claudia Chapline Gallery, Crickets at the Beach, Flying Pig Ranch, Meristem, Parkside Cafe, Live Water Surf Shop, Sandpiper Lodging, Healing Arts Center, and at Stinson Beach Books;
- In Bolinas at Keith Hansen's studio in the museum courtyard, Bolinas Bay Lumber Hardware & Landscape Supply, the Bolinas General Store, Bikeavore, Bolinas People's Store, Bobolicious, Las Baulines Nursery, Odyssey Video, Parrots' Cove, Coast Cafe, Smiley's Bar, the Surf Shop, Bikes, Surf & Skate, and Chameleon.
- In Tomales at Tomales Deli and Cafe.
- In Marshall at The Marshall Store and Nick's Cove, with more establishments coming on board every week.
Contact us if you want to be one of them!
Some of the local nonprofits that have already benefited from the COASTAL MARIN FUND’s $3 coin project:
Bolinas Community Center
Bolinas/Stinson Summer Camp
Community Land Trust Association of West Marin
Environmental Action Committee
Papermill Creek Preschool
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Stinson Montesori Preschool
Tomales Bay Library Association
West Marin Community Resources
West Marin Fund