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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. 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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  3. Next Level Giving – Carmel Realty Co.

    Carmel Realty COmpany2017

    We interviewed Bill Mitchell, Managing Director, Carmel Realty Company, about partnering with the Community Foundation for Monterey County through the Carmel Realty Foundation, his company’s donor advised fund, to take their giving to the next level. The Carmel Realty Company (CRC) has a rich history and a reputation for integrity, longevity and excellence. Now in its fourth generation in local real...

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  4. Bill & Emmy Reese – Making Philanthropy a Family Value

    Donor advised fundholders Bill and Emmy Reese

    Bill Reese, a physicist and former Naval Postgraduate School professor, and Emmy, a visual artist, met in college in Portland, Oregon. Married 58 years, their values influenced one another over time. They didn’t want to focus on themselves, but rather the larger society and the world around them. Immersed in Causes They Care About When they were younger, they gave...

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  5. Fund for Homeless Women – 5 Years Strong

    Holding Hands

    Fund for Homeless Women – Shelter, Safety, Community By The Rev. Michael Reid, Guest Blogger In the Fall of 2011, while in my office at St. Mary’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, I received a letter from a woman asking for help. She said that she had been homeless and was surprised to find so many other women like her...

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  6. 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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  7. Giving with Purpose – Ken & Mary Wright

    Ken and Mary Wright Donor Advised Fund holders

    Ken and Mary Wright, CFMC Donor Advisor Fund Holders, share how they give with purpose. Ken is a CFMC board member and Soberanes Fire Grant Committee member, Mary is former CFMC board chair. Donor Advised Funds – Proactive Grantmaking Donor advised funds through the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) allow donors to really target very specifically what their interests are and allow...

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