Sonoma County 
Regional Parks Foundation

Parks Foundation Board Member Ari Hauptman, MD (center) with James Pyskaty, MD, and  his wife, Crystal Cox, who made a gift to the Foundation in Ari's honor. 
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December 2016
Celebrating Dr. Ari Hauptman's Passion for Parks!

Pediatrician and Parks Foundation board member Ari Hauptman, M.D. infuses his work with his twin passions: improving kids' health and spending time outdoors. We're thrilled that his Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center colleagues recently recognized him as 2016 Volunteer of the Year.
In his role as physician to hundreds of families, Ari's consistent message is Kids Need Parks
Kids need parks to blow off steam, move muscles big and small, engage all their senses, and inspire their curiosity. All too frequently Ari sees the unfortunate results of digital overload and Nature Deficit Disorder , and he works tirelessly to get his young patients outside and moving .

Gift in Ari's honor

Ari's parks passion inspired another KP pediatrician, Dr. James Pyskaty, and his  wife, Crystal Cox, to make a generous year- end donation to the Parks Foundation in his h onor. "Ari is amazing," notes James. "He moves us to think about our work in a community context even as we educate patients one-on-one."  

Congratulations, Ari, on this award that you so deserve! We are so thankful to have you working on behalf of Sonoma County parks.

You can support parks projects that get kids moving!

CLICK HERE to donate to Ari's Healthy Kids Fund

Bonus: Donate $60 or more before December 31 and we will mail a set of 
beautiful parks notecards to the child or children of your choice.
Throughout the year Parks Foundation donors help grow and strengthen these great programs:
  • Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Park
  • Junior Ranger Program at Doran Beach
  • Field trips to Helen Putnam, Taylor Mountain, and Tolay Fall Festival
  • Vamos a Nadar swim lessons for low-income families
  • Caminitos al Parque field trips for preschoolers
  • Nuestros Parques family outings
  • Trails Challenge hikes in parks countywide
We're grateful for your continued support to provide 
exceptional outdoor play spaces for Sonoma County kids!

Introducing Caminitos al Parque:
Preschool field trips to parks

The Community Engagement Division of Regional Parks is excited to facilitate this series of park experiences for low-income preschoolers and their families, i n collaboration with Community Action Partnership Sonoma County's Pasitos and the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The Parks Foundation secured funding for the Caminitos pilot from Community Foundation Sonoma County's iRead initiative and First 5 Sonoma County.

Caminitos outings are facilitated in Spanish and help improve literacy and language development skills for families and children. Modeling the iRead message "15 minutes per day makes a difference," parks staff read and distribute nature themed bilingual books, demonstrating that reading happens everywhere -- even in parks -- by stopping at trail markers and signs along these  group hikes.

Thank you to our community partners for helping launch this important children's health initiative:  

Giving strategies to help parks at year's end

Gifts of stock make a difference for parks...
and can  provide a substantial tax benefit to you compared to a direct cash gift.
As you review your portfolio here at year's end, consider a gift of appreciated stock to support the Parks Foundation.  We'll work with you or your broker to facilitate this easy, mutually beneficial way to help underwrite key parks programs. Read more here from Schwab Charitable about this philanthropic tax planning opportunity.
Complete our simple online form to initiate your gift or call Melissa Kelley, executive director, 707-565-1830, for further details. The process can take three to four business days; bear this in mind when planning a 2016 donation. 

Thank you for considering the Parks Foundation in your charitable giving plan. Our focus on preserving, protecting, and enhancing county parks puts your valuable gift to work right here in our backyard. 

Ed Kent photos

Using IRA distributions to benefit parks
Message from Parks Foundation Chair Carol Eber 
I want to share a tax tip I received from my financial adviser earlier this year. Because I am now at the age where I must begin withdrawing money from my IRA (70.5 yrs), we met to discuss my Required Minimum Distribution.
Carol's granddaughter and a pal take a closer look at Putnam Park.
Fortunately, current law allows me to make a Qualified Charitable contribution (QCD) directly from my IRA, thereby reducing the taxable income from my IRA withdrawal.  The QCD is a marvelous vehicle that enables me to support the community charities that I value so much. Even if you have some years before reaching age 70, you can also make this QCD withdrawal.
How it works

My financial advisor put me in touch with my IRA provider, who assisted me in making a gift directly from my IRA to the Parks Foundation. 
I received a letter from both the IRA provider and the Parks Foundation, confirming receipt of this fully tax-deductible gift. 

It is a joy to support the parks where I hike with my granddaughter, watching deer and lizards and counting turkey vultures. As a retired educator, I value the many education programs Regional Parks offers. My great, great grandfather settled here in the 1840's, and I think of my gift as honoring that legacy.
Please consider this great opportunity to support our Regional Parks.  Talk to your financial advisor or contact your IRA provider to learn more.  It is a win-win for you and for our wonderful parks.
Carol Eber
Chair, Board of Directors
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation


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