Monterey County Gives!

Monterey County Gives!

Inspiring Local Philanthropy


The Monterey County Gives! campaign helps inspire local philanthropy at all levels.

More than $12 Million Total Given

Monterey County Gives! is a collaboration between the CFMC, the Monterey County Weekly and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. More than $12 million was been raised and granted since 2009.

Monterey County Gives! 2017

The 2017 Campaign runs from November 9-December 31. Visit to donate beginning November 9.

Monterey County Gives! 2016

Thanks to our expanding partnerships, we had more than $600,000 in matching funds and challenge gifts for Monterey County Gives! 2016.  The campaign was the most successful ever. Thanks to the 4,000 generous donors who supported the effort, more than $3.66 million was contributed to benefit 123 local nonprofits.

The CFMC provided additional grants of $1,000 each to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue for the most donors and the Monterey Museum of Art for the most donors under 35. An additional $2,500 each was awarded to the Village Project for the Ingenuity Award for their “Big Idea.”


Monterey County Weekly Community Fund

Monterey County Weekly has had a direct relationship with the local nonprofit community for nearly 25 years. It supports and promotes those who work to improve the quality of life for all. Monterey County Weekly witnesses, reports, and collaborates with nonprofits to promote their events and programs, so they may communicate and carry out their mission. Since 2000, the Weekly supported the nonprofit community in another way. It took action and established the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund, a donor advised fund at the CFMC. This fund is structured to support the change nonprofits create through an annual appeal to the Weekly’s generous readers for year-end donations.

Program Details

A request for proposals appears each July in the Monterey County Weekly with an August deadline. Agencies are selected and promote Monterey County Gives! during the final weeks of the year when the Weekly publishes its giving guide in early November and the website goes live. Each participating nonprofit receives a prorated share of the match (up to the first $75,000 raised) based on their total donations during the campaign. The nonprofits gain funding and new supporters to support their big ideas.

Additional Award Opportunities

These grants made possible through the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

  • $2,500 Ingenuity Grant: This grant is awarded to one nonprofit that demonstrates ingenuity and creativity through their approach in resolving their sector’s challenges.
  • $1,000 Largest Number of Donors Award: This award will be given to the nonprofit that has the most donors.
  • $1,000 Most Donors ages 18-35 Years Old: This award will be given to the nonprofit that receives the most donations from those who are 18-35 years old (born from 1982-1999). It is meant to challenge younger readers and participating organizations to generate excitement around youth philanthropy, and for the next generation to experience the feelings of joy and reward that accompany acts of generosity. The goal is to jumpstart vital lifelong partnerships between younger donors and the local nonprofit community, with the hope that as their financial position grows so will their contributions and involvement.

Agency Resources