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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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2013 Distinguished Trustee Award

The CFMC annually honors an individual or couple who has demonstrated exceptional generosity and commitment in supporting charitable causes in Monterey County. In 2013, the award was presented to Warren Wayland of Hayashi & Wayland. As the award recipient, he was able to designate a $10,000 CFMC grant to the nonprofit of his choice, Public Recreation Unlimited, for Rabobank Stadium.

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The Peter and Jackie Henning Fund

One of the ways the CFMC seeks to inspire philanthropy is through sharing stories. The Hennings are a couple new to the area who are using their donor advised fund to engage in the community and make a difference.

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Nonprofits Benefit from Combining CNE Resources

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) works with agencies to build their organizational strength, leadership and sustainability. The CNE recognizes that each organization has unique challenges, so it offers services and opportunities they can combine in ways that are most effective for them.

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