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Social Media Tips from the Grassroots

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By Susie Polnaszek, Program Officer Center for Nonprofit Excellence of the Community Foundation for Monterey County Which comes first, the nonprofit or its social media presence? For Families of Color Monterey County, it’s a new world of nonprofit outreach, with social media eclipsing traditional methods of organizing, creating interest, and getting people involved. “Most people use Facebook these days or...

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College Futures Freshman Year: 65 Scholarships ($260,000) Awarded

College Futures Congrats Grads

By Josh Warburg, Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer This year marked the beginning of College Futures Monterey County, a new effort by the Community Foundation for Monterey County to increase college attainment among underrepresented students in our communities. Currently, only 23% of local residents age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, but by 2030 38% of job openings will require...

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Women’s Fund – Creating Opportunity

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A scholarship isn’t just money to Francisca “Frieda” Rios – it’s opportunity. It’s being able to buy a computer to do homework and research from home. It’s knowing that making homework a priority when she finishes her shift at a local pizza shop is a must because people she doesn’t know have invested in her and have faith in her...

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Next Level Giving – Carmel Realty Co.

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We interviewed Bill Mitchell, Managing Director, Carmel Realty Company, about partnering with the Community Foundation for Monterey County through the Carmel Realty Foundation, his company’s donor advised fund, to take their giving to the next level. The Carmel Realty Company (CRC) has a rich history and a reputation for integrity, longevity and excellence. Now in its fourth generation in local real...

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Engage Your Volunteers-Your Points of Light

Christina Thurston

One of the greatest challenges nonprofit organizations face is securing the resources needed to scale services. Time, space, expertise, technology and money are all in short supply. One of the greatest resources our community has to offer to meet these needs is the skills of volunteers. We are excited to bring an innovative curriculum to Monterey County to help nonprofits transform their...

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8 Things You Can Do Now to Empower Women & Girls

Women's Fund Lunch

By Tracy Gary, Author “Inspired Philanthropy,” 2017 Women’s Fund Luncheon Keynote Speaker  Keep Marching, Giving Together We are awake as never before. It is, as has been said, “the best of times (for some) and the worst of times” for others. Let’s be here for those that need it and lift all while shaping the world we want. We stand on the...

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President’s Blog: Disaster Grantmaking

By Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO A year ago no one could have foreseen what would transpire in Big Sur. The main issue then, and into summer, was trying to deal with more cars and people than a two-lane windy coastal road could manage. On the plus side, the surplus of tourists brought dollars for dinners, overnight stays, groceries and gas. People vs....

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