Donor Stories

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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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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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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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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Philanthropic Choices: Good vs. Good

Good vs. Good

By Betsy Buchalter Adler, Board member Community Foundation for Monterey County, Principal Adler & Colvin (retired), Trustee and Program Officer, Claire Giannini Fund Good vs Good Imagine that you’re walking down Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey, on your way to get some coffee. You’ve got a nice crisp $5 bill in your pocket; you can easily afford a large pumpkin...

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