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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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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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President’s Blog – Election: Trust & Act

President's Blog 2017

  By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO Presidential elections typically answer more questions than they ask. However, the 2016 election seems to have put a lot of the country in a wait-and-see holding pattern on just about every aspect of governance as we’ve come to know it. Health care. Foreign policy. Immigration. The environment. The economy. As...

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President’s Blog: Year-End “Monterey County Giving”


Monterey County Giving by Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County Year-end always seems to prompt thinking about what was accomplished over the past 12 months.  Our lives run at such warp speeds, that we move from one item to the next to the next, and so on. Every now and then we just need to take a breath and...

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Southern Monterey County Foundation – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

SMCF grantee group

By Paulette Bumbalough, Chair, Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF) Neighbors Helping Neighbors If there are few appropriate descriptors of King City and South Monterey communities, they are GIVING and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Our 3-year old Southern Monterey County Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Monterey County has had the pleasure of doing just that each year and enjoying the process. Back...

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Strive Together, Bright Futures & Rise Up Monterey County

Bright Futures Program

By Janet Shing, Community Foundation for Monterey County Senior Program Officer “Strive Together” Conference Inspires As a steering partner for Bright Futures Monterey County, I recently had the opportunity to attend Strive Together‘s conference. The gathering was named “Rise Up,” in honor of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. I cannot think of a more appropriate location for this conference than...

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