Blog & Events

Bob Nunes Honored at Celebration of Philanthropy

More than 250 supporters came together at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) Celebration of Philanthropy October 22 at Corral de Tierra Country Club. CFMC board chair presented F. Robert (Bob) Nunes with the 2014 Distinguished Trustee Award for his support of nonprofit organizations in our region. The CFMC established the award in 1989 to honor those who have...

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Neighborhood Grants Program: Individuals + Small Gifts = Big Impact

In the world of philanthropy we are susceptible to celebrating the Big Numbers. Total assets. The huge bequest. Ginormous grants. We often forget that the greatest impact comes from small gifts, and that a donor’s trust can produce remarkable rewards. We recently held the annual check presentation ceremony for the Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP).

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$60,500 Awarded to 20 Neighborhood Groups

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) announced the recipients of the 2014 Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP).  The purpose of NGP is to support local residents who come together to improve their communities for themselves and their neighbors. This year 20 grassroots groups from throughout Monterey County were selected to receive financial support and additional assistance to organize ongoing activities...

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Giving Now & Later

Paul Lawrence and Marian Buccafurni founded a biotechnology company in Silicon Valley in 1985. Over the next 15 years, the company developed technologies, a large patent portfolio and manufactured products, becoming a desirable takeover candidate. After selling the company in 2000, Paul and Marian had more time and resources to devote to philanthropy. They moved to Pacific Grove full time,...

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The Trinidad Gomez Family Fund

Trinidad “Trini” Gomez, left school at age 12 to help support his family as they followed the crops and worked the fields. He later served in the Army in WW II and returned to settle in Gonzales to raise his own family. He was one of the first employees of Growers’ Exchange, Inc. Hired as a field supervisor, he was...

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The Joel and Dena Gambord Charitable Foundation

We often refer to the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) as “your partner in philanthropy.” What does that mean? We work with each individual, family and business to provide a road map to fulfill their philanthropic vision. We act as a catalyst, providing a bridge between our fund holders and the needs of the community.

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Monica Abbott: An Inspiration On and Off the Field

Monica Abbott is inspiring on many levels. She is an Olympian. A professional athlete. A local girl made good. Most impressive is her commitment to give back to local female student athletes through academic scholarships. Her generous spirit shone through as she met with the first two recipients of the Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund.

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