Past Initiatives

The following are some of the past initiatives that CFMC has undertaken in partnership with community groups and foundations in Monterey County and beyond.

 

Futer Essential Human Services Program

Goal

To strengthen human services organizations with multi-year support.

Time Frame

2012 – 2015

Investment

$1.5 million ($50,000  per year for 10 organizations)

Description

Through his estate Rudy E. Futer directed that his fund be used to make grants for direct human services supporting at-risk and underserved populations.The CFMC fulfilled his wishes by investing in organizations through its Community Impact grants program, then took it a step further. In 2012, the CFMC committed $1.5 million in grants and training to ten anchor social service organizations to strengthen the continuum of safety net and basic human services in Monterey County.

Futer Essential Human Services Grants program participants were: Coastal Kids Home Care, Community Human Services, Food Bank for Monterey County, Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra,Housing Resource Center, Legal Services for Seniors, Shelter Outreach Plus (now Community Homeless Solutions), Sun Street Centers, United Farm Workers Foundation, and YWCA Monterey County.  The grantees also received wrap-around support from the CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities

Goal

To support neighborhoods where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn

Time Frame

2010 – 2020

Investment

$2 – $4 million per year

Description

In 2009, the Community Foundation for Monterey County served as the host agency and led the strategic planning of the Building Healthy Communities in East Salinas Plan.  The following year, The California Endowment embarked on a 10-year statewide strategic initiative, Building Healthy Communities, with the goal of supporting neighborhoods where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.  The California Endowment identified a total of fourteen communities throughout California with which they partnered with to achieve the goals in their 10-year strategic investment.  Among the fourteen communities identified, East Salinas in one of them.

BHC East Salinas website

Communities Advancing the Arts

Communities Advancing the Arts

Goal

To increase giving to the arts and build the ability of participating foundations to exercise leadership in the arts

Time Frame

2005 – 2010

Investment

$9 million (statewide)

Description

In 2005, the Community Foundation for Monterey County served as one of the 13 partnering community foundations in California to increase individual giving to the arts and build the ability of participating foundation to exercise leadership in the arts.  Through this partnership with the James Irvine Foundation, more than $9 million was committed to the partnering foundations where about half of this investment was re-granted to small to midsize arts organizations and the remaining portion to community foundations to increase their outreach to individual donors in order to raise permanent assets for the arts.

Literacy Campaign for Monterey County

Literacy Campaign for Monterey County

Goal

To support and expand adult literacy services in Monterey County with a focus on parents with young children

Time Frame

2006 – 2011

Investment

$2 million (includes other funding partners)

Description

In 2006, the Community Foundation for Monterey County launched the Literacy Campaign for Monterey County a five year campaign between 2007 and 2011 to support and expand adult literacy services.  In collaboration with Monterey Peninsula Foundation, First 5 Monterey County and other funders a total of $2,083,000 was contributed to the Monterey County Literacy Campaign from nine grant makers and nonprofit agencies reaching over 5,800 adults between the ages 18 to 35 with a focus on parents with young children.  In 2011, the Literacy Campaign for Monterey County was spun off into its own independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Non-Point Source Monitoring Program

Non-Point Source Monitoring Program

Goal

To develop, implement, and monitor impacts of projects to reduce runoff of various sediments

Time Frame

2003 to 2014

Investment

Over $4.75 million

Description

Non-point source pollution projects and monitoring funds and grant making were a PG&E Special Environmental Project (SEP) of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  The Community Foundation for Monterey County manages the funds (initially $4.75 million) and grant making process. Multi-year grants have been awarded to nonprofit and public agencies so they can develop, implement, and monitor impacts of projects to reduce runoff of sediment, fertilizer, nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and other pollutants from commercial agriculture and other activities into Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing Harbor, and tributary watersheds.  Final grant were awarded in 2014.

Poder Popular

Poder Popular

Goal

To improve the healthcare needs of California’s agricultural workers

Time Frame

2006 – 2010

Description

In 2001, The California Endowment launched the Agricultural Worker Health Initiative (AWHI) to address the health-care needs of California’s agricultural workers.  Through the AWHI Action Grants Program, the Community Foundation for Monterey County served as the fiscal agent and technical assistance provider to Poder Popular para la Bien Salud del Pueblo (Improved Community Health through Community Empowerment) from 2006 to 2010.  The initiative resulted in the development of three health action plans led by residents from each of the three targeted communities; East Salinas, Gonzales, and Greenfield.  In 2011, the Community Foundation for Monterey County spun of the program to the Center for Community Advocacy as one of its core programs.

Social Network Support

Social Network Support

Goal

To examine social networks to increase the effectiveness of grant makers, nonprofit organizations, and the business community

Time Frame

2007 – 2010

Description

In 2007, the Community Foundation for Monterey County launched its Social Network Support Project to examine how grant makers, nonprofit organizations, and business community can use social networks to increase the effectiveness of their efforts.  Funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Social Network Support Project mapped four sub-groups; the adult lieracy providers’ network, environmental service organizations, human service providers in Greenfield, and youth development agencies in Monterey County.  In addition to working with these networks and helping them understand the strengths of their partnerships and potential, the Community Foundation supported network leaders in enhancing communication, planning, and cooperation among their organizations. Read the Social Network Support Executive Summary.