Welcome to NovatoSpirit!  We are a 501c3 nonprofit providing athletic scholarships to children with financial needs. Our mission is to give kids a healthy way to improve their physical and mental health through their own efforts.  Our nonprofit’s registered name is KarmaSpirit—evoking the idea that good efforts yield positive results—but we do business as NovatoSpirit to reflect the community we serve in Novato, Marin County, California. 

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Thanks to our donors, NovatoSpirit kids can dance, run, kick and spin!  We have been fortunate to receive funding from a variety of sources.  Our funding has increased since our founding year in 2005, so we are able to serve an increasing number of children.

Many individuals and families have given to us, and we deeply appreciate their generosity, but in order to respect their privacy, we will not name them here.

We are grateful for the recent support, in-kind gifts, and services provided by these foundations, corporations, and professionals:


  • Jodi Weitz Acupuncture

  • All Saints Lutheran Church, Novato

  • Balancing Element, Inc.

  • Bank of America Foundation

  • John and Nancy Bates Foundation

  • Kenneth A. Berg Living Trust

  • Body Song Massage Center and School

  • Navid Borjian, graphic and web designer

  • Bobbie Bukzar, graphic designer

  • William Buzbuzian, DC, Lac

  • Cal Capitol Group, Sacramento

  • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin

  • Lauren Watson Cesare, nonprofit lawyer

  • Colby College Alumni Magazine

  • County of Marin

  • Mahr Elder, DDS, MD

  • Theresa Fischer, bookkeeper

  • Ghirardo CPA, Jerry Ghirardo

  • Ghirardo CPA, Cindy Ann Grove

  • Margaret Gompertz, Administrative Assistant

  • Ronda Gotti, accountant

  • Ginnie & Pete Haas Jr.

  • Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund, Marin Community Foundation

  • Hennessy Advisors, Inc.

  • Brian Hollander, DDS, MS

  • John Brockway Huntington Foundation

  • Liz Huntington, graphic and web designer

  • Ito’s White Tiger Kenpo Karate School

  • Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund


  • Kiosk Creative LLC

  • KWMR, West Marin Radio 90.5 FM

  • Kyung Ki Tae Kwon Do

  • Lansdowne Fund of Vanguard Charitable

  • Love 2 Dance

  • Maritza Luna Sanchez, Spanish Interpreter and Translator

  • Maier Family Foundation

  • Marin Charitable

  • Marin Independent Journal

  • Marinscope community newspapers

  • McKell Perry, DDS & Eric Tyler, DDS and Staff: "Gold For NovatoSpirit Kids Program"

  • Richard Moore, Website Manager, Facebook Page, Marketing and Social Media

  • Jeffrey Novak, General Contractor

  • The Novato Advance newspaper

  • Novato Patch online newspaper

  • Novato Senior Citizens Club

  • Novato Toyota

  • Jose Olvera, Spanish Interpreter and Translator

  • One World Children's Fund

  • Jade Paterson, computer setup and repair

  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea

  • Private Ocean LLC

  • Private Wealth Partners, Larkspur

  • Rolling Hills Club

  • Rotary Club of Ignacio

  • Don Schinske

  • Robert Schinske, Fundraising Volunteer

  • Rowena Gonzalez, Teen Volunteer and Promoter

  • Soroptimist International of Novato

  • Sundt Foundation

  • The Thacher School Alumni Magazine

  • Trader Joe’s

  • Umpqua Bank

  • Unity in Marin

  • UPS Store, Novato

  • Weber Consulting LLC

  • Wells Fargo Foundation

  • West Cal Financial



We appreciate working with these organizations, some of which refer eligible kids to us:


  • Canal Alliance

  • Center for Domestic Peace

  • Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Pediatric Cardiology Medical Group

  • City of Novato: Parks, Recreation & Community Services

  • City of Novato: Police Department

  • First 5 Marin

  • Gilead House

  • Homeward Bound

  • Kaiser Permanante

  • KBBF Radio

  • KWMR Radio

  • Marin Community Clinics, Novato

  • Marin County Health & Human Services

  • Marin Head Start

  • Marin Independent Journal Newspaper

  • Novato Advance Newspaper

  • Novato Patch News

  • North Marin Community Services (formerly Novato Human Needs Center and Novato Youth Center)

  • Novato Fire District

  • Novato Unified School District (NUSD)

  • Novato Youth Center

  • Santa Rosa Junior College, Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)

  • Seneca Center

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