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  1. Paying it Forward: Raymond Costa

    Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Fund

    Raymond Costa was just nine years old when an act of kindness embedded a feeling he’s never forgotten. “We had just lost my father – he died and Christmas was coming up. I’ll never forget seeing two station wagons full of toys collected in a toy drive just for my family,” said Costa.  “It was totally unexpected – that memory...

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  2. President’s Blog: Charlottesville & Our Values

    CFMC Values

    By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President & Chief Executive Officer I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to wrap my mind around the events in Charlottesville, and the aftermath, which is ongoing. Normally, this space is reserved for addressing topics of direct relevance to our work at the CFMC, so the question becomes how marchers in...

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  3. Kennedy, Meurer Join CFMC Board

    Kennedy Meurer Join CFMC Board

    A former city manager and a seasoned attorney with vast experience in business and nonprofit law have joined the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) Board of Directors. The new board members are Nolan M. Kennedy and Fred Meurer. Kennedy, of Monterey, is a Monterey attorney and founding partner of Kennedy, Archer & Giffen. He has been practicing law on...

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  4. Building Healthier Communities: The Hayward Family

    Bill and Adriana Hayward were inspired early in life by their parents. They were role models who gave thoughtfully and generously to causes that mattered to them. The Haywards count themselves very fortunate to be part of successful family businesses, which now involve the fourth and fifth generations. Sharing their Values Bill and Adriana are intentional about passing their values to their five children. At an...

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  5. Big Sur Aid Tops $1.1 Million

    Big Sur Relief

    Community Rallies to Support Big Sur In the wake of a fire, then flooding, then a landslide that has isolated iconic Big Sur, generosity is proving to be just as formidable as the destruction caused. Donations have topped $1.1 million to aid the Big Sur community through the Big Sur Relief and Soberanes Fire Funds of the Community Foundation for Monterey County....

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  6. College Futures Freshman Year: 65 Scholarships ($260,000) Awarded

    College Futures Congrats Grads

    By Josh Warburg, Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer This year marked the beginning of College Futures Monterey County, a new effort by the Community Foundation for Monterey County to increase college attainment among underrepresented students in our communities. Currently, only 23% of local residents age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, but by 2030 38% of job openings will require...

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  7. Creating a Legacy – Jim Valentine

    Creating a Legacy, and Peace of Mind Prior to retirement, a very busy Jim Valentine oversaw 16 skilled nursing facilities, was chief executive officer of a hospital and two retirement homes, and was a successful businessman. Accomplished, and charitable, Jim also owned some complicated assets that presented a quandary of how best to turn them into charitable gifts. “My interest in...

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