Donor Stories

Siembra Latinos Fund: Growing Opportunity for Latinos

Growing Opportunity A new philanthropic initiative, The Siembra Latinos Fund (SLF) has been created by a group of local Latino leaders to empower the Latino community in Monterey County.  The fund is focused on creating change now and investing in the future well-being of Latino residents throughout Monterey County. Siembra means “to sow,” and the goal of fund organizers is...

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Changing Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County

Celeste Islas Women's fund speaker and GHGH participant

The timing is right, the message is clear: women are harnessing their power to make change. In the time of the #MeToo movement, and the realization that human trafficking is happening locally, awareness and hope gripped the 575 people gathered at the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s 13th annual Women’s Fund Luncheon. “Where we are is in a moment of real awakening...

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President’s Blog – Tax Cuts & Motivations for Giving

DanBaldwinWomen'sFundLunch2017

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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Composing A Legacy – Marty Wolf

Marty and Francesca Wolf

The hustle and bustle of business created the drumbeat for Marty Wolf’s life. He easily racked up more than 65,000 miles a year on the road at the helm of a national marketing buying group he founded. But throughout his life, music has been a constant. “My mother was a violinist and I took up piano when I was about six....

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Celebrating Philanthropy – David and Susan Gill

Susan and David Gill Receive Award

2017 Distinguished Trustee Award Recipients Community service and giving are homegrown for Susan and David Gill. Her father coached swimming, yet didn’t even know how to swim. His father was counted on to man the barbecue at local fundraising events. They both credit their parents with inspiring them and setting the example of giving back. The Gills are the Community Foundation...

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