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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Siembra Latinos Fund: Growing Opportunity for Latinos

    Growing Opportunity A new philanthropic initiative, The Siembra Latinos Fund (SLF) has been created by a group of local Latino leaders to empower the Latino community in Monterey County.  The fund is focused on creating change now and investing in the future well-being of Latino residents throughout Monterey County. Siembra means “to sow,” and the goal of fund organizers is...

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  5. Changing Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County

    Celeste Islas Women's fund speaker and GHGH participant

    The timing is right, the message is clear: women are harnessing their power to make change. In the time of the #MeToo movement, and the realization that human trafficking is happening locally, awareness and hope gripped the 575 people gathered at the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s 13th annual Women’s Fund Luncheon. “Where we are is in a moment of real awakening...

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  6. President’s Blog – Tax Cuts & Motivations for Giving

    DanBaldwinWomen'sFundLunch2017

    It seems that everywhere I go people are asking for an opinion on the impact the December 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on charitable giving. The answer, unfortunately, is that no one actually knows. The primary question surrounds the large number of households that have always benefited from itemized deductions who will now utilize the standard deduction,...

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  7. Composing A Legacy – Marty Wolf

    Marty and Francesca Wolf

    The hustle and bustle of business created the drumbeat for Marty Wolf’s life. He easily racked up more than 65,000 miles a year on the road at the helm of a national marketing buying group he founded. But throughout his life, music has been a constant. “My mother was a violinist and I took up piano when I was about six....

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