Women’s Fund – Creating Opportunity


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.

Carmel Realty COmpany2017

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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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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Soberanes Fire Fund Grants At Work

Soberanes Fire Boyscouts of Silicon Valley

  We are happy to report that the Soberanes Fire is finally 100% contained and the money raised is starting to make a real difference in the impacted communities. More than $900,000 has been donated through October 2016 and the CFMC has granted nearly $300,000 through our nonprofit partners. Gifts from Near and Far The Community Foundation is overwhelmed by the...

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Helping Small Nonprofits Take ‘Next Steps’

Next Steps for Nonprofits participants

Parenting classes and growing inquisitive young brains is the focus of The Parenting Connection for Monterey County. The Marina-based nonprofit is among the 50 percent of nonprofits in the United States that operate on budgets under $100,000.  With limited financial support, The Parenting Connection has been working on stretching each dollar. “The focus has been on growing programs to be...

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Turning Your Ideas into Learning Opportunities

CNE Collaboration Michelle Slade

Earlier in the year, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence asked for your ideas through a survey and an in-person focus group.  We got great ideas, including some that are very different than what we’ve done in the past. While we received many suggestions, some trends include: Looking for other ways to support nonprofits, beyond workshops. (See our new program for...

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Great Grants

OITS Musician

Community Foundation for Monterey County grants are making a meaningful difference for many people and communities throughout Monterey County. These grants also received support from CFMC donor advisors. To see more grants in each impact area, please visit Orchestra in the Schools $12,000 for an after-school music education program Orchestra in the Schools (OITS) provides high quality small and large group instruction to...

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