About TCF and its Partners

The Commons Foundation is the designated non-profit partner of the City of Larkspur to raise $5M in funds for building  the new modern library at The Commons. We have accomplished that goal and are now striving to raise additional funds to increase the size and quality of the first building.

A citizen-led 501(c)(3) not for profit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds from Larkspur and neighboring communities to fund the city building a new modern library.

TCF Leadership

Joe Jennings, Board President
Jon Ellenzweig, Board Member, Treasurer
Jeanne Friedel, Board Member
Katherine Green, Board Member, Secretary
Chris Hartzell, Board Member
Ann Morrison, Board Member
Brock Wagstaff, Board Member
Cindy Winship, Board Member
Serena D’Arcy-Fisher, Fundraising Counsel
Terry Berkemeier, Board Advisor
Kristi Ellenzweig, Champion
Barbara Friday, Ambassador
Gabriel Gesmer, Ambassador
Lori Lerner, Champion
Sally Bertuccelli McDonough, Champion
Dyan Pike, Ambassador
Mimi Sardou, Champion
Nelson J. Lee, Legal Counsel
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City of Larkspur and TCF Partnership

On November 4, 2020, the Larkspur City Council unanimously voted to enter into a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the City of Larkspur and The Commons Foundation (TCF), for TCF to raise $5 million and the city to build a new library building at The Commons.

TCF has until December 2022 to raise $5 million in cash and 1 or 2 year pledges. After fundraising is completed, the city will solicit bids to design and build a new facility based on the funds available. The facility will be designed to serve the dual purpose of a modern library and community meeting space.

It is anticipated that the building will serve as the first phase in a multi-phased approach to building a larger library and community center. The phased approach comes after review of multiple options to move forward with the development of the property. Based on analysis of the site location and its potential uses, the city has determined that a phased approach best meets the needs of the community.

Endorsed by:

Government entities: Larkspur City Council, The Library Board of Trustees, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commission

Community non-profits: Friends of the Larkspur Library, Larkspur Library Foundation, Larkspur Community Foundation

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TCF Historical Timeline

12/22 TCF deadline to raise $5,000,000 in cash and pledges

11/22 TCF announces Children’s “Why I Love Libraries” Art Contest winners

11/22 TCF surpasses $5.1M in funds raised for the new Larkspur Library at The Commons

10/22 TCF surpasses $4.8M in funds raised

10/22 City retains Kitchell Capital Expenditure Managers Inc.  for $1.4 million project manager contract.

10/22 City Council adds an $11.2 million Larkspur Library project to the city capital improvements program budget.

9/22 TCF surpasses $4.7M in funds raised

9/22 Marin County $100,000  Grant to TCF

9/22 TCF launches Children’s Art Contest

9/22 TCF launches $60,000 Fall Community Match program

9/22 State of California Building Forward Library Infrastructure Program Announces that the  City of Larkspur will receive $5,232,582 to assist with the construction of a new 6,845 square foot library

6/22 TCF passes $4 million in funds raised

5/22 Friends of the Larkspur Library Host TouchTruck community event and fundraiser for TCF

3/22 City submits $5.2million grant application to state

3/22 Community Challenge: $126K fully subscribed, $252,000 raised. L-B Challenge has attracted $350,000 on new major donations, $700,000 total funds raised

1/22 TCF launched two new challenge programs to match donors’ gifts:

  1. $126,000 TCF Community Challenge matches new cash and pledge donations between $1,000 and $49,999. Sponsors include the Larkspur Library Foundation, former Larkspur City Council member Larry Chu, and Larkspur residents Kathy and Brendhan Green.
  1. $1 million Lerner-Berkemeier Challenge matches new pledges and cash gifts of $50,000 or more. Sponsored by Larkspur residents Lori Lerner and Terry Berkemeier.

11/21 City Council approved extending the TCF fundraising contract to December 2022; to rename the City’s property at the intersection of Rose Lane and Doherty Drive as “The Commons”; and that they have definitively decided to permanently move Larkspur Library functions to The Commons.

8/21 City announced need to vacate the City Hall building at 400 Magnolia (currently city government offices, council chambers and the library) and the likelihood that the library will move to CFP/Commons and not back into City Hall later.

7/21 City received $1M State gift for library

6/21 Announcement of State budget matching grant for libraries

6/21 Donor Appreciation Event

1/21 Capital Campaign Launched


11/20 City-TCF Agreement Announced

7/20 Annual Campaign Launched, First Grant

3/20 Covid Shutdown

2/20 Champions Recruited


12/19 Initiated Seedling Campaign

10/19 Erected Future Home of The Commons and the new Larkspur Library sign.

9/19 Fundraising Feasibility Study Completed; First major planned gift received; established Organization Fund managed by the Marin Community Foundation

8/19 City of Larkspur Unfunded CIP Workshop Presentation

5/19 Community and Government Relations meetings ongoing

2/19 The Commons Foundation Hired Partnership Resources Group for a feasibility study for the campaign.


12/18 The Commons Foundation Fundraising begins: $280,000 Raised, $213,280 Balance

12/18 City 501c3 Transferred, The Commons Foundation started

11/18 LLCC recommended, City approved The Commons branding

10/18 City-LLCC Work Group formed

10/18 5 Organizations Unanimous Vote for LLCC to Lead on Fundraising

5/18 LLCC Task Force Founded