Brunch by the Bay

Brunch by the Bay
Save The Bay Board Member Lynda Sullivan enjoys brunch with Founding Members Dan Tuerk and Jan Tuerk. Click the photo to view the full album. Photo credit: Mike Oria

On Sunday, friends of Save The Bay gathered at the East Bay Regional Parks Shoreline Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay. We were joined by over 75 guests, including our Board of Directors, Founding Members, Legacy Society, and Save The Bay’s founder Sylvia McLaughlin and family.

At the event, Redwood City Councilmember Ian Bain was presented Save The Bay’s 2015 Leadership Award. In April, Bain was the first elected official from Redwood City to explicitly oppose housing on Cargill’s restorable salt ponds. Bain spoke with guests about his opposition to Cargill’s plans and commitment to a healthier Bay.

Sylvia McLaughlin was thanked by the many members who have stood by her side since the 1960s. Many shared their stories about what it was like growing up in a time when the Bay was being filled with trash from neighboring cities. Their memories of founders Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin and Esther Gulick making phone calls, writing letters and collecting $1 membership contributions to create the “Save San Francisco Bay Association” around Sylvia’s kitchen table were surreal. Save The Bay and the entire Bay Area have these women to thank for creating the movement to save the Bay from destruction.

It was wonderful and inspiring having such close friends of the organization celebrate San Francisco Bay together.  Thank you to our long-time supporters and new friends for making the event a huge success!

Thank you to our volunteer photographer, Mike Oria for capturing these special moments. You can view the gallery of photos from the Brunch by the Bay here.

Board Members Help Restore The Bay

Our Board members took some time before their June meeting to transplant native seedlings at our Palo Alto Baylands Nursery. They really loved getting their hands dirty and learning more about our restoration education programs!

Board Members transplanting
Board members Si White and Ron Gonzales and Executive Director David Lewis (center) transplant gumplant (Grindelia stricta). Photo: Betsy Cardis


Board members in nursery
Board members Sandy Linder, Michael Gallagher, Maureen Reilly, Michael Katz, and Christopher Richard transplant alkali heath (Frankenia Salina) with Habitat Restoration Director Donna Ball. Photo: Betsy Cardis

Join us this summer and help transplant native seedlings at one of our nursery programs in Palo Alto.

Support Your Bay with a Donor-Advised Fund

restoration volunteers
Your gift supports our work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

What is a donor-advised fund, and how does it help Save The Bay?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a vehicle to simplify your charitable giving to Save The Bay. An easy way to think about a donor-advised fund is like a charitable savings account: you contribute to the fund as frequently as you like and then recommend grants to Save The Bay and other non-profits as you desire.

Do you already have a donor-advised fund? We recently installed a convenient new donation tool on our website to make DAF giving even easier. You simply choose the amount of your donation and connect directly to your donor-advised fund at Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable.

Where does your DAF donation, or any donation to Save The Bay, go?

Every donation helps us sustain and expand our work to protect and restore a thriving San Francisco Bay. 100% of your contribution to Save The Bay stays right here in the Bay Area. Your contribution supports our work to:

  • Reduce Plastic Trash and Toxic Cigarette Butts: With an estimated 3 billion cigarettes littered in the Bay Area each year, not to mention the Styrofoam and other trash that threatens the health of the Bay, we are urging cities to eliminate this pollution at its source by limiting outdoor smoking and banning plastic bags and Styrofoam.
  • Restore More Wetlands: Seven million Bay Area residents, 400 native species, our economy and quality of life all depend on a healthy San Francisco Bay. That’s why we have a visionary goal of 100,000 acres of restored wetlands and, with your help, our staff and volunteers are making progress through our on-the-ground wetland restoration projects.
  • Lead the Ongoing Fight Against Reckless Shoreline Development: We’ve fought back Cargill’s plan to build a new city on 1,436 acres of restorable Bay salt ponds, but Cargill has vowed to keep trying. We remain vigilant and ready, thanks to our members and donors.

Our detailed financial statements and IRS forms are always available online, and if you have questions about making a tax-deductible gift to Save The Bay through a donor-advised fund you can contact Janine Kraus, Chief Development Officer, at 510.463.6806 or

We’re grateful to have such passionate and informed members and volunteers. Our San Francisco Bay faces ongoing challenges and emerging threats and we fight every day to protect and restore the Bay. Your support is what makes this possible, and we’re proud to be in this fight alongside you.

Gathering Support at Peet’s

Peets visit
Margaret spent an afternoon at Peet’s Coffee and Tea in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood.

Our supporters know that it takes the whole community – not just those with bay front views or those that are die-hard environmentalists – to protect the Bay. As a popular gathering spot for San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood, Peet’s Coffee and Tea understands the importance of people gathering and inspiring passion and action towards a shared cause. This holiday season, the coffee shop hosted a matching gift Holiday Donation drive from December 17-24th to benefit Save The Bay.

The crafty Peet’s team decked the halls with handmade Save The Bay banners, decals, window decorations, and signs, fostering a festive atmosphere to celebrate our partnership. Enthusiastic baristas wore Save The Bay buttons (and the occasional octopus costume) and talked to customers about Save The Bay at the counter, providing them with a unique opportunity to contribute to the San Francisco Bay’s restoration and protection. On December 24th, the store gave away drip coffee and tea all day, and in return kindly asked customers to donate to Save The Bay. I visited on a busy Saturday afternoon and had the pleasure of speaking with customers about preventing plastic from polluting our waters, restoring wetlands for people and wildlife in the face of sea level rise, and volunteering out on the shoreline.

The connection and mutual respect between Save The Bay and Peet’s began with shared roots in the 1960’s in Berkeley. Save The Bay was founded in 1961 by three women in Berkeley who were literally watching the San Francisco Bay being filled before their eyes. The City of Berkeley had plans to double their size by filling in their portion of the Bay, as did many other cities. Five years later, the first Peet’s Coffee and Tea was started in the same city. Peet’s founder, Alfred Peet was a long-time member and donor to Save The Bay. As a supporter, his love for the San Francisco Bay continued even from his home in Oregon.

As Save The Bay has moved from an organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers, to a staff of over 30 people with more than 50,000 supporters and volunteers, Peet’s has kept our team energized, creative, and ready to take on the next challenge. We are grateful for our partnership with West Portal Peet’s, and want to share the excellent results of the Holiday Donation program, which brewed up nearly $3,000!

Are you inspired to support Save The Bay? Renew your membership today.

Board Profile | Paul A. Stone

Paul Stone and daughter
Paul with his daughter, Mary, as they get ready to swim the Alcatraz Race.

Meet Save The Bay Board Member Paul A. Stone, Patent Attorney and Chief Operating Officer at 5AM Ventures. Paul is originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

How long have you been a member of Save The Bay’s Board of Directors?

Almost two years.

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?

Sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

I learned about Save The Bay through a colleague. I was immediately interested in the organization’s issues and felt aligned with what Save The Bay was trying to accomplish.

What is the best thing about being a board member at Save The Bay?

Getting exposed to interesting and important issues, and being a part of the breadth and depth of experience that the other board members and Save The Bay staff bring to the table to address such issues.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?

A porpoise that gets to swim in and out of the Bay!

Who is your environmental hero?

Chief Seattle, who said “We do not inherit this Earth from our ancestors; rather, we borrow it from our children”

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The diversity and mix of the climate, topography, and people.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?

As a board member I try to think about and/or do something for Save The Bay every day. I also stay aware of waste creation and recycle every day.

Tell us about your role as Co-Chair for Save The Bay’s 2013 fundraising event, Fall for the Bay.

As a Co-Chair I believe this is an event that helps us showcase the Bay. I love that it will be a night of celebrating the organization’s efforts to protect and enhance the environment of the Bay. We need to do all we can to keep this gem healthy, for the environmental aspect as well as the economic value a thriving Bay brings to our communities.