$100 Million Grantmaking Milestone
Community Foundation for Monterey County
and Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Both Reach $100 Million Grantmaking Milestone
The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CMFC) and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF), two separate philanthropic foundations, have reached a major grantmaking milestone in 2012: each awarding over $100 million in charitable grants since their inception.
“Philanthropy is alive and well in Monterey County. We thank those whose generosity has helped us make a difference,” remarked CFMC Board Chair, Craig Johnson.
“The global reach of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has allowed Monterey Peninsula Foundation to have a significant charitable impact on Monterey County and surrounding areas since 1947,” said MPF Chair, Clint Eastwood.
Both foundations have played an important role throughout their histories in assisting many of Monterey County’s nonprofits providing vital services and programs. CFMC and MPF have given grant support to a broad range of focus areas including arts, youth, health and human services, animal welfare, education, community and environment.
Examples of groups funded by both organizations include the Arts Council for Monterey County, Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Animal Friends Rescue Project, SPCA, Partners for Peace, Chartwell School, Big Sur Health Center, Voices for Children (formerly CASA of Monterey County), Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Coalition of Homeless Service Providers, Housing Resource Center of Monterey County, Interim, Inc, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Natividad Medical Foundation and Sun Street Centers.
The CMFC and MPF, the two largest grantmakers based in Monterey County, work closely with local funders such as the United Way, Harden Foundation and First 5 Monterey County to strengthen local communities. They also partner with grantmakers outside of Monterey County such as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and The California Endowment.
The CFMC, founded in 1945, is one of over 700 community foundations, each comprised of funds given by individuals and families in their lifetime or through their estates to benefit a specific regional area, in this case, Monterey County. The CFMCs mission is “to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County” towards a vision of “healthy, safe, vibrant communities.” For more information on the Community Foundation for Monterey County, call 831.375.9712, visit www.cfmco.org or stay connected at www.facebook.com/cfmco.
The MPF has its roots in the (Bing) Crosby Clambake golf tournament which started in 1937 and is now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. MPF’s grant funds are primarily derived from corporate sponsorships and tournament proceeds. The mission of MPF is to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas through strategic disbursement of charitable funds generated by hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. More information on Monterey Peninsula Foundation can be found at www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org or by calling 831.649.1533.