Blog & Events

“Becoming Visible” — The Fund for Homeless Women

Michael Reid, associate rector at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was moved to action by a letter from a formerly homeless woman named Joyce. She described her life as a homeless person, spending the night outside in the elements without a sleeping bag or tent, being vulnerable and living in fear. “She wanted to do whatever she could to make...

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Give Local: The Brown Family Fund

Ann and Jay Brown recently opened the Brown Family Fund at the CFMC. We asked Ann, who was the 2013 CFMC Board Chair, why she and her husband made the decision to partner with the CFMC. The CFMC will be here to take care of the people of Monterey County. You shop local, eat local, why not give local? –...

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Monterey County “Gave!”

You gave big through Monterey County Gives! 1,712 donors contributed a total of $1.33 million to benefit more than 100 local nonprofits. 2014 was another record year for the annual campaign of the Monterey County Weekly. Kinship Center received the most gifts overall. The CFMC provided additional grants of $1,000 each to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue for attracting the...

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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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