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Dwan Family

Established with memorial contributions when Michael Dwan passed away in 2007, his family created the Dwan Family Donor Advised Fund to honor his commitment to the community. Since that time, the family has directed charitable disbursements to a variety of projects.

When Michael and Carol Dwan’s grandchildren visit “Spray by the Bay” at the Bay City State Recreation Area, they always insist on visiting “their bench”—the one with the family name on it, purchased with a donation to the spray park project from the Dwan Family Donor Advised Fund held at the Bay Area Community Foundation.

Established with memorial contributions when Michael Dwan passed away in 2007, the family created the fund to honor his commitment to his community. Since that time, the family has directed charitable disbursements to a variety of projects—including that welcoming bench at the spray park.

By starting a donor advised fund, the family planted a framework for giving, one that is both sustainable and flexible to accommodate their family’s evolving interests and the changing needs of the Bay Area.

“We have seen the impact of the Bay Area Community Foundation throughout our community and fully embrace their model of working for the long term,” explained Michael and Carol’s son Dr. Andrew Dwan, who was a part of creating the fund alongside his mother and three siblings.

“It is so exciting to think about this investment benefitting our community for generations to come! We are committed to growing this fund to honor the legacy of my father—and our whole family.”

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