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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. 2017 NGP Grantees Build Community

    NGP Grantee PANES

    From teaching boxing and fitness as ways to encourage and empower youth to be healthy, to providing support for Spanish-speaking parents with special needs children, the 2017 Community Foundation for Monterey County Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) grantees have varied missions in mind. All, however, are small, grassroots organizations working to improve their communities. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting...

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  3. Stories of Impact: Immigration

    Catholic Charities

    This series of blog posts focuses on Community Impact grantee highlights in the areas of Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation, Children & Youth, Health & Human Services, Community Development and Environment & Animal Welfare.  Grantee Highlight Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey Over the last year, political uncertainty regarding immigration policy has caused an unprecedented surge in people seeking out immigration...

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 8 Things You Can Do Now to Empower Women & Girls

    Women's Fund Lunch

    By Tracy Gary, Author “Inspired Philanthropy,” 2017 Women’s Fund Luncheon Keynote Speaker  Keep Marching, Giving Together We are awake as never before. It is, as has been said, “the best of times (for some) and the worst of times” for others. Let’s be here for those that need it and lift all while shaping the world we want. We stand on the...

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  7. 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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