Blog & Events

Women’s Economic Security Initiative Launched

Nearly two-thirds of working women in Monterey County are “economically insecure” – living on the edge of poverty, under constant financial stress. Research shows that economic prosperity for women is essential to the health and vitality of an entire community. To increase the number of women that are economically self-sufficient, the Women’s Fund will launch a three-year Women’s Economic Security...

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Southern Monterey County Foundation Grants $25,000

The Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF), formed in 2014 as an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, has awarded its first grants. The SMCF raises funds to provide grants to strengthen communities from King City to points south. It is guided by an advisory board of local residents who have a deep understanding of community needs in...

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Fund for Homeless Women Awards $144,000

The Fund for Homeless Women of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) awarded $144,000 to seven faith-based and nonprofit organizations in December. Grants will support direct emergency assistance to homeless women as well as meals, support services, temporary shelter and transitional housing. The amount awarded was $50,000 more than originally anticipated due to the groundswell of support the fund...

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Laurel Lee-Alexander Named Vice President of Grants & Programs

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) welcomed Laurel Lee-Alexander as its new Vice President of Grants and Programs. Lee-Alexander was most recently Director of Philanthropy at the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. As Vice President of Grants and Programs, Lee-Alexander is responsible for all the CFMC’s grant programs (nearly $10 million in 2013), as well as programs such as the Center...

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Power of Local Philanthropy

Community foundations have a lot to celebrate. Not only is our field celebrating its centennial, but we are in the midst of Community Foundation Week nationwide. One-hundred years ago the first community foundation was formed in Cleveland, Ohio. The idea was for local philanthropists to create a pool of assets that was independent of their individual charitable interests. So as...

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Scholarships & Awards Empower Youth

Scholarship programs are an important part of CFMC’s work to strengthen our communities. The CFMC manages 36 scholarships and awards that benefit students, teachers, and community members throughout Monterey County.

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Anita Tarr Turk Fund for Breast Cancer Research

Anita Tarr Turk of Gilroy, CA was a vibrant businesswoman, travel enthusiast and avid equestrian who became ill with breast cancer in her 40s and battled it for more than three decades. She never let cancer rob her of her positive outlook and determination. Wishing to spare others the pain she suffered, she was motivated to provide support for “top...

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