Community Impact

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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Siembra Latinos Fund: Growing Opportunity for Latinos

Growing Opportunity A new philanthropic initiative, The Siembra Latinos Fund (SLF) has been created by a group of local Latino leaders to empower the Latino community in Monterey County.  The fund is focused on creating change now and investing in the future well-being of Latino residents throughout Monterey County. Siembra means “to sow,” and the goal of fund organizers is...

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Changing Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County

Celeste Islas Women's fund speaker and GHGH participant

The timing is right, the message is clear: women are harnessing their power to make change. In the time of the #MeToo movement, and the realization that human trafficking is happening locally, awareness and hope gripped the 575 people gathered at the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s 13th annual Women’s Fund Luncheon. “Where we are is in a moment of real awakening...

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Women’s Fund Luncheon 2018

Tickets For tickets please visit Eventbrite, for sponsorship information contact Mackenzie Little at (831) 375-9712 x111, or for more information contact Jan McAlister x120. We hope to see you there!

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Southern Monterey County Foundation 2017 Grants

King City Boxing Club- SMCF grantee

Don’t call the young members of the King City Boxing Club scrappy,  call them hungry, says boxing club director and coach Rodolfo Tapia-Salazar. “They are hungry, with a lot of promise,” said Tapia- Salazar, the coach who turned pro at the age of 16 in Mexico. He provides a mix of toughness and compassion to impart life skills as well as...

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