NovatoSpirit

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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In The News

TELEVISION SHOW

Soroptimist International of Novato produced a television show about NovatoSpirit hosted by Barbara Hurwick. To see the TV show, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sp19lZAqc4 

RADIO SHOW

KWMR Radio of Marin County hosted NovatoSpirit on a half-hour program hosted by Susan Santiago. To hear the radio show, please click below:

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A book about NovatoSpirit called Movement for Kids was written by Marian Schinske and is available on Amazon.com

 

 

Awards

NovatoSpirit's Founder was spotlighted on the City of Novato's  #NovatoProud public-information program, highlighting “Novatans doing great work in the community, innovative Novato businesses, fun facts about Novato and other stories of civic pride.” Marian Schinske was recognized for “selflessly and tirelessly doing notable work on behalf of our community.”

NovatoSpirit's Founder was honored by Marin Founders at the Buck Center in Novato in April 2015. Marian Schinske was celebrated as a founder of NovatoSpirit along with many other founders of Marin County nonprofits that are at least a decade old. Marin Founders (www.marinfounders.org) estimates there are about 1,500 Marin nonprofits, 450 of which are active. 

 

NOMINATIONS FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:

Humanitarian Award. In 2017, Marian Schinske was nominated for the World Of Children’s Humanitarian Award, which recognizes “an individual who has made significant contributions to children in the areas of child safety, social services or humanitarian services. Humanitarian Award Honorees are visionary leaders who run sustainable, high-impact programs for children.”

Individual Leadership Award. In 2016 Marian Schinske was nominated for “Individual Leadership” for the Leaders of the North Bay Awards, spotlighting those who contribute to the prosperity and quality of life in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties.

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award presented by the Heart of Marin Awards. This award ceremony, celebrating more than 100 nonprofits and volunteers throughout the county, is hosted by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin. NovatoSpirit has been nominated for this award from 2006-2016.

Excellence in Innovation Award presented by the Heart of Marin Awards in 2016, this nomination honored Marian Schinske for founding and directing a unique program that significantly improves the physical and mental health of low-income kids.

APPLE Family Works “Volunteer Family of the Year Award.” NovatoSpirit Founder Marian Schinske and her family were nominated for improving childrens' mental and physical health in Novato.

The Bay Citizen’s “Citizen of Tomorrow Award” which recognizes people in the Bay Area who improve their communities, solving challenges in creative ways. Marian Schinske was nominated for helping low-income youths overcome financial barriers to athletics in Novato, where residents struggle with high rates of obesity and diabetes.

The Beryl H. Buck Award for Achievement in Marin County. 

The California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports “Spotlight Award.”  This nomination recognized our “efforts to positively impact the physical activity, fitness and well-being of California 's children and youth.”

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