Blog & Events

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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Bill & Emmy Reese – Making Philanthropy a Family Value

Donor advised fundholders Bill and Emmy Reese

Bill Reese, a physicist and former Naval Postgraduate School professor, and Emmy, a visual artist, met in college in Portland, Oregon. Married 58 years, their values influenced one another over time. They didn’t want to focus on themselves, but rather the larger society and the world around them. Immersed in Causes They Care About When they were younger, they gave...

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Fund for Homeless Women – 5 Years Strong

Holding Hands

Fund for Homeless Women – Shelter, Safety, Community By The Rev. Michael Reid, Guest Blogger In the Fall of 2011, while in my office at St. Mary’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, I received a letter from a woman asking for help. She said that she had been homeless and was surprised to find so many other women like her...

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Creating a Legacy – Jim Valentine

Creating a Legacy, and Peace of Mind Prior to retirement, a very busy Jim Valentine oversaw 16 skilled nursing facilities, was chief executive officer of a hospital and two retirement homes, and was a successful businessman. Accomplished, and charitable, Jim also owned some complicated assets that presented a quandary of how best to turn them into charitable gifts. “My interest in...

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Homeless Women Countywide Report


Report Sheds Light on Homeless Women in Monterey County By Janet Shing, CFMC Director of Grant Making More than 2,700 women living without shelter accessed healthcare from County clinics last year and our local schools served more than 6,000 homeless children. In 2016 the Community Foundation for Monterey County commissioned an assessment of homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula to answer questions...

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President’s Blog: Challenging Johnson Amendment Repeal

By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO There’s talk of doing away with the Johnson Amendment, a law that prohibits nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. Divides Church and State, Clamps Partisan Endorsements In place since 1954, the Johnson Amendment has created a bright line in the separation of church and state. Ministers, and other religious leaders, are not...

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College Futures Monterey County


Everyone Wins When More Students Succeed We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to pursue their educational, career, and life goals. College degrees are vital to a thriving economy and building healthy, safe, vibrant communities in Monterey County. However, too many of our young people with the ability and desire to succeed in college lack the support...

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