Monthly Archives: September 2017

2017, September 19 – Minutes


Minutes of the BOARD OF TRUSTEES

September 19, 2017


The meeting of the Peninsula Endowment Board of Trustees was held at the offices of Brown Adams, 2570 West El Camino Real, Suite 640, Mountain View CA, on September 19, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 11:00 AM by President Kohler.


Fred Kohler, President; Daniel Margulies, Vice President; Gail Wilson: Treasurer, Anne Dunham, Secretary, Walter Raineri


Introduction of Mary Alexander, National Director, Student initiatives, Learning Ally

Mary discussed the program that has 1500 members in the College Success program with 50 mentors and 154 mentored students. The mentors are part-time and paid $15/hour. Learning Ally is seeking donations and sustainable funding for the program

She also discussed the program with Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, the closing of some of the Learning Ally recording studios, and other services offered by Learning Ally

Approval of minutes

The minutes from 6/21/17 were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

The account balance is $3,578,522.77. The bill from the bookkeeper will be coming.

Walter Raineri who is an attorney and CPA, suggests we consider using QuickBooks and a check list for bookkeeping.

Brown-Adams has all of our information as of the end of July for filing our 990PF tax return.


We will get updates for our missing tax returns to post on our website.

Update on grants made in May 2017

We have received thank you letters from all grantees.

Two board members have visited the Vista Center, one of our grantees.

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Walter Raineri demonstrated and mobile app that is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. It provides access to talking books and contains nearly 65,000 talking books, magazines, and braille music scores. New material is added daily.

Next meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, at 11 a.m. at Brown Adams.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:10 PM.

Anne Dunham, Secretary