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  1. President’s Blog: Donor Advised Funds – Creating Impact

    Donor advised funds

    By Daniel R. Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County For the past several months, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have been the subject of considerable negative press. And by association community foundations have been drawn into the discussion. Questions about DAFs have been raised in some quarters for many years, especially since financial services providers such as Fidelity and Schwab...

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  2. President’s Blog: The Citizenship Question

    President's Blog: Census 2020

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Monterey County The Citizenship Question April 2020 seems like a long way off, but from the standpoint of the 2020 Census, it’s just around the corner. The planning and effort that goes into the census is enormous. In any census year there are difficulties in gaining an accurate count, but given that we’re...

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  3. President’s Blog: Mad For Millennials

    Millennials in the Workforce

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) You’ve seen the YouTube videos. Young man or woman – generally in their mid-20’s – is in a job interview being asked standard questions. The applicant, holding their smartphone, interrupts to ask whether they’ll get time off to surf. Interviewer looks puzzled, then moves on. Applicant interrupts again to ask...

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

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    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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  5. President’s Blog: Tax Reform, The Big Unknown

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) Even as Monterey County Gives! celebrated the phenomenal $4.87 million raised through the generosity of 4,800 donors (breaking all the records Gives! established in 2016) uncertainty for the years ahead presented itself in the form of the recently passed tax bill. The nonprofit sector has historically been given less regard...

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  6. President’s Blog – Philanthropy: Finding Common Ground

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) A Rough Year I imagine I’m just one of many who are trying make sense of 2017. Despite one’s political perspective, this has been a strange and at times difficult year. The constant churn in the news cycle, and the unsettling events we see and hear, has made it difficult...

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  7. President’s Blog – Community Foundations: Here for Good

    Reflections of Place There is an adage in our field that goes, “If you’ve seen one community foundation, you’ve seen one community foundation.” As place-based centers of philanthropy, all community foundations will be different because they’re reflections of the donors, needs, geography and people of the communities they serve. In Monterey County, each item on that list has its own...

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