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  1. Amy Anderson & George Somero: Living & Giving in Harmony

    Amy Anderson & George Somero partnered with the CFMC to craft their giving

    George Somero, from Minnesota, and Amy Anderson, a California native, connected over their shared love of biology on a research vessel to the Galapagos Islands to study the creatures found in the nearby deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Both Ph.D.’s in Biology, she from U.C. Santa Barbara, he from Stanford, they served as faculty for Oregon State University before moving to the...

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  2. Read our 2017 Annual Report

    2017 CFMC Annual Report

    Opportunity & Impact:2017 Annual Report Opportunity and Impact: words that are important to the Community Foundation for Monterey County Whether through grantmaking or the development of new initiatives, we seek opportunities that will make deep impact on our communities. This also takes form in our resource development efforts, as donor advisors or those working on their estate plans seek a...

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  3. Raymond Costa Invests in Potential

    Ivan Gonsalez’s routine is anything but routine. Each day, there’s work to be done – driving to CSU Monterey Bay from Soledad – some 50 miles each way – while holding down a job as shift leader at the local McDonald’s. “Yeah, I’m busy, but’s it’s going to be worth it. I’m a working student so everything I pay out...

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  4. RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship – Supporting Golf’s Greatest Lessons

    RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship

    By Josh Warburg,  Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer There is no game bigger than golf on the Monterey Peninsula. And there was no insider as connected and beloved as RJ Harper. His real name, Robert Thomas Harper Jr., that came to be “RJ” after a hometown newspaper misidentified him, the story goes. RJ rose through the...

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  5. Generation to Generation – Planning Your Succession of Giving

    Legacy Planning

    By Betsy Buchalter Adler, Guest Blogger, Community Foundation for Monterey County Board member, Donor Educator Series Presenter In my parents’ modest home, back in the 1950s, there was a “pushke” – a small tin box with a slot in the top for coins. At the end of his workday, when my father emptied his pockets, the change went into the pushke....

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  6. Scientist to Philanthropist – Dr. Allen E. Fuhs

    Dr. Allen Fuhs

    Dr. Allen E. Fuhs really is a rocket scientist. An engineer, scientist, professor, and author with a distinguished career in engineering and aeronautics, he has now channeled his lifelong passion for education and science into philanthropy. Dr. Fuhs: Rocket Scientist Dr. Fuhs’ life has been defined by hard work and education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at...

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  7. Exploring the Wonders of Monterey Bay-Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment

    A new endowed fund will support O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), which was founded in 1996 by Jack O’Neill, surfing giant, wetsuit pioneer and philanthropist. O’Neill, who was a staple on the Santa Cruz surf scene, passed away in June 2017. However, his legacy of love for the ocean lives on through OSO, which turns the Monterey Bay into an interactive,...

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