Community Impact

Press Release: Neighborhood Grants Program Surpasses $1 Million

NGP grantee Friends of Marina Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2018 Media Contact: Amanda Holder, Communications Officer 831.375.9712 x123 / 831.320.7102 cell / amandah@cfmco.org NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS PROGRAM SURPASSES $1 MILLION – $50,000 Awarded in 2018 to 15 Volunteer-led Groups by the Community Foundation for Monterey County Salinas, CA – The Neighborhood Grants Program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has hit a $1...

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Raymond Costa Invests in Potential

Ivan Gonsalez’s routine is anything but routine. Each day, there’s work to be done – driving to CSU Monterey Bay from Soledad – some 50 miles each way – while holding down a job as shift leader at the local McDonald’s. “Yeah, I’m busy, but’s it’s going to be worth it. I’m a working student so everything I pay out...

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RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship – Supporting Golf’s Greatest Lessons

RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship

By Josh Warburg,  Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer There is no game bigger than golf on the Monterey Peninsula. And there was no insider as connected and beloved as RJ Harper. His real name, Robert Thomas Harper Jr., that came to be “RJ” after a hometown newspaper misidentified him, the story goes. RJ rose through the...

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Generation to Generation – Planning Your Succession of Giving

Legacy Planning

By Betsy Buchalter Adler, Guest Blogger, Community Foundation for Monterey County Board member, Donor Educator Series Presenter In my parents’ modest home, back in the 1950s, there was a “pushke” – a small tin box with a slot in the top for coins. At the end of his workday, when my father emptied his pockets, the change went into the pushke....

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College Futures Sophomore Year: 123 Scholarships Totaling $425,000

College Futures Year 2

By Josh Warburg, Community Foundation for Monterey County Programs and Scholarship Officer 2018 marks the second year of College Futures Monterey County, a new program designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in Monterey County who complete a bachelor’s degree. We heard from 75% of high school students that their goal is to complete a bachelor’s degree, yet...

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Grantmaking- CFMC Stories of Impact

Grantee Profiles

Community Impact grants make a meaningful difference for many people and communities throughout Monterey County. Field of interest and unrestricted funds, created by generous donors through their estates, fuel the CFMC’s competitive grantmaking programs. In 2017 the Community Foundation for Monterey County granted more than $2.5 million through the foundation’s competitive programs and leadership initiatives. Here we highlight four grantees...

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Exploring the Wonders of Monterey Bay-Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment

A new endowed fund will support O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), which was founded in 1996 by Jack O’Neill, surfing giant, wetsuit pioneer and philanthropist. O’Neill, who was a staple on the Santa Cruz surf scene, passed away in June 2017. However, his legacy of love for the ocean lives on through OSO, which turns the Monterey Bay into an interactive,...

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