Book a Meeting Room
News & Event
“After Guy passed away in December, we learned that our dedicated, unassuming star volunteer had been our angel all along.” ~ Emma Breacain
Bayside, Calif. Nov. 26, 2018
Guy Kulstad was many things to many people: A civil engineer, veteran, ocean explorer, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who hosted notoriously huge Christmas parties at his home in Trinidad, he was also a steadfast volunteer for the Humboldt Literacy Project for more than 11 years, helping adults improve their lives by learning to read. Only after his death in December 2017 did the Humboldt Literacy Project learn the true extent of Guy’s generosity: Along with volunteering, Guy had anonymously been donating money through the Humboldt Area Foundation to cover medical insurance for the nonprofit’s employees. After his passing, the Kulstad Family Fund continued this legacy. Guy Kulstad is just one example of generosity of spirit we see in our region, where many people donate not only money, but also their time and talent to make our communities stronger. To honor and amplify this philosophy, Humboldt Area Foundation is gathering stories for the 100 Acts of Giving campaign, with the goal of sharing at least 100 stories like Guy’s by December 31.
Based in Bayside, Humboldt Area Foundation serves a region roughly the size of Maine, including Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry counties. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year HAF awarded $3.5 million for 1,417 grants to local nonprofits, charitable organizations and other entities. HAF’s employees witness and help facilitate a lot of generosity, but there are always more stories to tell. From local businesses and elected officials working together with donors to bring gift cards and Thanksgiving meals to survivors of the Camp Fire, to volunteers gathering warm clothes to help the houseless during the onset of cold weather, we see ordinary people doing extraordinary things every day in our region. Let’s honor that generosity by gathering some of those stories. Every act of generosity – big or small – should be honored with recognition. You can find these stories on our website at www.hafoundation.org/100ActsofGiving. Do you have a story to share? Here’s how to do it:
Use our hashtag on Facebook, Twitter (@WeAreHAF) or Instagram (@humboldtfoundation): #100ActsofGiving
Email us: TalkToUs@hafoundation.org
About Humboldt Area Foundation:
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $80 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
For more information on services provided by the Foundation please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation website at hafoundation.org or call (707) 442-2993.
Photo Caption: HAF Office/Safety Manager Jill Moore delivers food to Food for People’s Choice Pantry Coordinator Erin Tharp.
Linda Stansberry, Communications Manager, Humboldt Area Foundation
Since the new tax law raises the standard deduction, many people who used to itemized deductions may no longer be best served by itemizing beginning in 2018, especially with the limitation on state and local taxes. You may consider moving some or all of your 2018 giving into 2017 for tax purposes. With some tax payers receiving a lower tax bracket under the new tax law, it could make sense to accelerate gifts into 2017 even if you still itemize.
Donor Advised Funds:
Setting up a donor advised fund, either at Humboldt Area Foundation or a financial institution is like funding a savings account for future giving. The tax deduction is available immediately, but you can make the individual giving decisions later.
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can opt to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA. This allows funds to be withdrawn from your IRA with no tax consequences and can be used to satisfy your minimum required distribution (RMD).
Appreciated Asset Giving:
Giving appreciated assets such as stock or real estate is a very tax effective way to give.You can deduct the full market price of the asset and avoid the capital gains tax on the increased value. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this, though. It is important to let you recipient know soon if you would like to do this so that the logistics can be worked out.
We encourage you to consult your legal, tax, or financial adviser or contact the Foundation directly at (707) 442-2993/ email@example.com. We are happy to answer your questions and assist you in making the best decision for your individual giving.
Humboldt Area Foundation offices will be open 8:30am-5pm through the holidays, except for December 25 & 26th. We invite you to give us a call or stop by our offices in Bayside at 363 Indianola Rd.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Humboldt Area Foundation Executive Director
Humboldt Botanical Garden, a nonprofit organization, has established a new fund at Humboldt Area Foundation. The Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation Fund is another way for people and businesses to contribute through HAF in supporting this local outdoor jewel, with its variety of local plant species, as well as educational and family programs.
The Garden began with a small group of volunteers in 1991, who built and manage the 44.5 acre site south of Eureka, near Humboldt Bay and adjacent to the College of the Redwoods. It currently features 10 different gardens, a Butterfly House and an earth sculpture designed and constructed by Eureka artist Peter Santino that features two non-intersecting quarter mile meditative walking circles.
The Garden is supported by more than 1,100 individual, family and business members, over 100 active volunteers, three paid staff and curators and a ten-member volunteer board of directors.
“Our board felt a fund invested with a trusted local partner like Humboldt Area Foundation would help us attract annual and planned gifts as we look to the future,” said Board President Evelyn Giddings.
The nonprofit started its fund with $10,000 that it will work to grow through contributions. The fund will be invested for long-term growth. HAF will administer the fund and manage all donor and IRS reporting. HAF staff is also available to advise and help the volunteer-led organization with estate and planned gifts.
Tax-deductible contributions to the fund can be made online at www.hafoundation.org/HBGF or by calling (707) 442-2993. Learn more about Humboldt Botanical Garden at https://www.hbgf.org/.
[article by Kym Kemp, Redheaded Blackbelt]
In response to the devastating Helena Fire that hit the community of Junction City last fall, Senator Mike McGuire, The Humboldt Area Foundation, the County of Trinity, the Trinity Journal, Trinity County Supervisor Judy Morris and Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn came together to establish the Trinity County Fire Relief Fund.
“I’m only here because of Trinity County Search and Rescue,” says Donna Brantly. On December 29, 2007, Brantly and her husband James were traveling east on California State Route 299 when they hit a patch of black ice and left the road. James was killed. Donna remembers nothing of the accident. It was a series of chances that led to her rescue – two fishermen spotted the tracks in the ice, the passenger seat brackets broke so Donna was thrown backward and cocooned in the crushed metal. The search and rescue team worked for four hours to remove her from the vehicle, which was trapped precariously near the Trinity River.
After the accident, and after Donna’s long recovery, which included a full year of rehabilitation, she and her family began to learn more about the rescue team and the vital role they play in rural communities.
“They have to replace about a 1,000 feet of rope every year,” says Donna. She also learned that volunteer first responders often pay for their own training and emergency gear. In 2008 the James P. Brantly Memorial Fund was created to support the work of rural search and rescue organizations.
Donna and her daughter, Cheryl Kingham, believe that James would have approved of the work his legacy supports. James Brantly was a steadfast man who stuck with the things he cared about. He was a member of the United Methodist Church for 50 years, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. He worked in federal law enforcement for 30 years, earning the Commissioner's Meritorious Achievement Award for rescuing a woman on Palomar Mountain. He received citations from President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy for his assistance during the Oxford riots when the University of Mississippi enrolled the first black student, James Meredith. His marriage to Donna spanned five decades.
“He was so handsome that the girls at my college accused me of keeping the photo that came in the frame,” says Donna, referring to the photo of the “tall, handsome sailor” she met on the Long Beach boardwalk at the dawn of the Korean War. It was only when James took leave and showed up at her dormitory with a flat of strawberries that the teasing stopped.
Cheryl describes her father as “very loyal, very loving.” He respected his wife, who had studied business and went on to be a business manager at the local school district.
“Big Jim,” as some people dubbed James, liked to give back. He often volunteered at his church and helped neighbors in their homes, doing plumbing and electrical work.
“He could fix anything,” says Donna, who also called James her “Handy Andy.”
The James P. Brantly Memorial Fund has supported small fire departments and search and rescue organizations by providing emergency equipment, training funds and supplies such as water purification equipment, intubation dummies and rope.
Donna, now 86, helps administer the fund along with Cheryl; the family lives in McKinleyville and regularly host Cheryl’s Girl Scout troop. Cheryl says that one takeaway from the tragic experience was that if you’re traveling you should make sure to have emergency contact information in the glove compartment of the car and other locations so first responders will know who to call if there’s an accident. The family adds to the fund every year on James’ birthday, January 16. To learn more about the James P. Brantly Memorial Fund, click here.
It was late July and the full scale of the Carr Fire was just becoming clear as flames closed Highway 299 near Redding and citizens in the surrounding area prepared to evacuate. In the small town of Trinity Center, on the shore of Trinity Lake, the volunteer fire department was preparing to defend their town and offer ground support to relief efforts. It was sheer coincidence that led a vacationing firefighter from Roseville to stop by the station and examine the department’s two trucks. The firefighter was staying at nearby KOA and, stranded by the highway’s closure, decided to see if he could lend a hand.
“We told him the truck had a little leak,” says firefighter Carol Fall. “He said, ‘No, that’s not a little leak, the pump’s busted.’ That’s when we were panicking.”
Fall, who had attended a grantmaking workshop facilitated by the Humboldt Area Foundation, almost immediately called Cassandra Wagner, Program Manager for Grants and Scholarships at HAF, to see if a Rapid Response grant could help cover the $6500 needed to replace equipment on the engine. In the meantime, the Carr Fire had leapt the Sacramento River, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and razing entire neighborhoods in Redding and Shasta.
“They told me, ‘We see the fire and we need our fire truck to save our community, can you help?’” says Wagner. “We were able to respond in less than 24 hours.”
With the check from HAF in the mail, the TCVFD was able to order the parts needed and repair Engine 1134 so it could go where it was needed most: Staging as crash response for CALFIRE helicopters and the Forest Service, and preparing to defend homes in their community should the fire come closer.
“The Carr Fire kept coming up our way,” says Fall of the tense days in late July and early August as the crew worked to restore the pump. “You could see it coming up the ridges on the other side [of Trinity Lake], burning down to the lake, but we never had the wind bring it down into our community.”
While Trinity Center escaped devastation, fire season is far from over in Trinity County. Engine 1134 was recently deployed for crash response on the Delta Fire, which filled the sky above Trinity Center with smoke for much of September. Hard working volunteers such as Fall will be on alert until the first rains come, and the Humboldt Area Foundation will be behind them every step of the way. Thank you to all of the generous community members who contribute to the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Opportunity Fund, which make it possible for us to quickly respond to evolving needs in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity counties. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact us at 707-442-2993 or visit www.hafoundation.org.
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $70 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524 (707) 442-2993 M-F 8:30am to 5pm Email Us Enews Sign Up
Northern California Association of Nonprofits
Union Labor Health Foundation
Wild Rivers Community Foundation
Tax ID Number: 23-7310660
Privacy Site Map
Humboldt Area Foundation is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership, and inclusion to strengthen our communities.