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Engage Your Volunteers-Your Points of Light

Christina Thurston

One of the greatest challenges nonprofit organizations face is securing the resources needed to scale services. Time, space, expertise, technology and money are all in short supply. One of the greatest resources our community has to offer to meet these needs is the skills of volunteers. We are excited to bring an innovative curriculum to Monterey County to help nonprofits transform their...

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8 Things You Can Do Now to Empower Women & Girls

Women's Fund Lunch

By Tracy Gary, Author “Inspired Philanthropy,” 2017 Women’s Fund Luncheon Keynote Speaker  Keep Marching, Giving Together We are awake as never before. It is, as has been said, “the best of times (for some) and the worst of times” for others. Let’s be here for those that need it and lift all while shaping the world we want. We stand on the...

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President’s Blog: Disaster Grantmaking

By Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO A year ago no one could have foreseen what would transpire in Big Sur. The main issue then, and into summer, was trying to deal with more cars and people than a two-lane windy coastal road could manage. On the plus side, the surplus of tourists brought dollars for dinners, overnight stays, groceries and gas. People vs....

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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

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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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Homeless Women Countywide Report

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Report Sheds Light on Homeless Women in Monterey County By Janet Shing, CFMC Director of Grant Making More than 2,700 women living without shelter accessed healthcare from County clinics last year and our local schools served more than 6,000 homeless children. In 2016 the Community Foundation for Monterey County commissioned an assessment of homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula to answer questions...

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