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Paying it Forward: Raymond Costa

Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Fund

Raymond Costa was just nine years old when an act of kindness embedded a feeling he’s never forgotten. “We had just lost my father – he died and Christmas was coming up. I’ll never forget seeing two station wagons full of toys collected in a toy drive just for my family,” said Costa.  “It was totally unexpected – that memory...

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Responding to Disaster – Giving & Grantmaking

Hurricane Harvey

We stand with those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and have links to specific ways to help (see below). As we know from past experience in Monterey County with the Soberanes Fire and Big Sur Relief Funds, there are three phases of support: relief, recovery and rebuilding. We’ve compiled some resources to help inform effective giving. How to Give:...

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Learning and Improvement: Launching the Nonprofit Survey

Nonprofit Survey

By Kaki Rusmore, Director Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) “Building healthy, safe, vibrant and inclusive communities…” That’s what local nonprofit organizations do, and it’s a big job. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) exists to support and strengthen that critical work, and we are always learning more about how to do it. One way to learn is to pause, listen...

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President’s Blog: Charlottesville & Our Values

CFMC Values

By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President & Chief Executive Officer I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to wrap my mind around the events in Charlottesville, and the aftermath, which is ongoing. Normally, this space is reserved for addressing topics of direct relevance to our work at the CFMC, so the question becomes how marchers in...

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Nonprofit Takeaways on Working with Immigrant Communities

CNE workshop helping nonprofits immigration

CNE Workshop Panel (l to r) Luz Padilla, Catholic Charities, Ricardo Nuñez, UFW Foundation, Sarait Martinez, CSUMB, Israel Villa, MILPA, Bronwyn Moreno, Hartnell College, Ariadna Renteria, Watsonville Law Center, Kaki Rusmore, Center for Nonprofit Excellence of the Community Foundation for Monterey County By Kaitlyn Throgmorton Nonprofits: Immigration & Deportation A recent Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) workshop featured a panel of...

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Kennedy, Meurer Join CFMC Board

Kennedy Meurer Join CFMC Board

A former city manager and a seasoned attorney with vast experience in business and nonprofit law have joined the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) Board of Directors. The new board members are Nolan M. Kennedy and Fred Meurer. Kennedy, of Monterey, is a Monterey attorney and founding partner of Kennedy, Archer & Giffen. He has been practicing law on...

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2017 NGP Grantees Build Community

NGP Grantee PANES

From teaching boxing and fitness as ways to encourage and empower youth to be healthy, to providing support for Spanish-speaking parents with special needs children, the 2017 Community Foundation for Monterey County Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) grantees have varied missions in mind. All, however, are small, grassroots organizations working to improve their communities. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting...

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