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  1. IRA Rollover – A Great Way to Give

    At the end of 2015, Congress made permanent the charitable IRA Rollover. Contributing from your IRA to a fund at the Community Foundation (IRA Rollover) is an easy way to reduce your tax burden and make a significant gift to support causes you care about. In retirement the IRS requires you to withdraw a certain amount (a required minimum distribution)...

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  2. Bringing the Arts to MPUSD Classrooms

    The MPUSD Fund for the Arts is a field of interest fund dedicated to bringing high quality arts education to every school in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School district. During the 2014-15 school year, the MPUSD Fund for the Arts supported two different approaches to enhancing arts programming: Professional Artists in the Classroom Arts Council for Monterey County‘s Professional Artists in...

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  3. “Becoming Visible” — The Fund for Homeless Women

    Michael Reid, associate rector at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was moved to action by a letter from a formerly homeless woman named Joyce. She described her life as a homeless person, spending the night outside in the elements without a sleeping bag or tent, being vulnerable and living in fear. “She wanted to do whatever she could to make...

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  4. Women’s Economic Security Initiative Launched

    Nearly two-thirds of working women in Monterey County are “economically insecure” – living on the edge of poverty, under constant financial stress. Research shows that economic prosperity for women is essential to the health and vitality of an entire community. To increase the number of women that are economically self-sufficient, the Women’s Fund will launch a three-year Women’s Economic Security...

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  5. Fund for Homeless Women Awards $144,000

    The Fund for Homeless Women of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) awarded $144,000 to seven faith-based and nonprofit organizations in December. Grants will support direct emergency assistance to homeless women as well as meals, support services, temporary shelter and transitional housing. The amount awarded was $50,000 more than originally anticipated due to the groundswell of support the fund...

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  6. Anita Tarr Turk Fund for Breast Cancer Research

    Anita Tarr Turk of Gilroy, CA was a vibrant businesswoman, travel enthusiast and avid equestrian who became ill with breast cancer in her 40s and battled it for more than three decades. She never let cancer rob her of her positive outlook and determination. Wishing to spare others the pain she suffered, she was motivated to provide support for “top...

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  7. The Power of Endowment

    One of the main goals of the first Community Foundation, established in Cleveland in 1914, was to establish permanent charitable assets to benefit the community. Now, nearly 100 years later, that “Here for Good” vision still holds true. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) seeks to inspire philanthropy and build charitable endowments to strengthen local communities through grants to...

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