Blog & Events

Giving Together: The Food Bank Fire

Together we are stronger. Many generous individuals and families have entrusted the CFMC with their philanthropic vision and resources. This partnership has enabled the CFMC to grant more than $125 million to Monterey County and beyond. Each spring and fall we share current grant opportunities with our fund holders. Many choose to co-invest with us and leverage our Community Impact grants. On rare occasions a circumstance arises when we reach out to our donor...

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Safety Net Organizations Empowered – A Donor’s Vision Realized

Rudy Futer entrusted the CFMC with his charitable vision, creating through his estate the Rudy E. Futer Fund for Human and Humane Needs. He directed that the fund be used to make grants for direct human services that support 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...

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Applying for College Just Got A Little Easier

Identifying colleges to apply to and filling out applications for financial aid are challenges that overwhelm many students, especially first-generation students whose parents do not have experience navigating the system. The US Department of Education recently launched the College Scorecard, a tool designed to help students and families to research college and universities and to make more informed decisions. The tool...

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Tassajara Fire Fund Created

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The Community Foundation for Monterey has created the Tassajara Fire Fund to assist the Carmel Valley community in recovery efforts from the 2015 Tassajara Fire. Donations to this fund will provide support in the aftermath of the fire. Grants from the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies assisting individuals and organizations to meet needs as they arise. The CFMC has...

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Bringing the Arts to MPUSD Classrooms

The MPUSD Fund for the Arts is a field of interest fund dedicated to bringing high quality arts education to every school in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School district. During the 2014-15 school year, the MPUSD Fund for the Arts supported two different approaches to enhancing arts programming: Professional Artists in the Classroom Arts Council for Monterey County‘s Professional Artists in...

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Finding the Best CRM for Your Nonprofit

We often hear from nonprofits seeking to upgrade or purchase their first CRM – Customer/Client Relationship Management system – that fits their organization’s database needs and budget. In today’s shifting technology landscape, this process can feel daunting. Here are a couple of resources with tips and guides to walk you through this decision-making process. Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Nonprofit...

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Scholarships Support Nursing Students

The James Bliss & Annette Sward Forestry & Nursing Scholarship awards scholarships to students from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties who are pursuing post-secondary programs in nursing, fire science, forest conservation/management or paramedic/EMT. Since its creation in 2006, the fund has awarded over $170,000 in scholarships to 160 students. Each year, eleven students from the Maurine Church Coburn School...

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