Blog & Events

President’s Blog – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Writing a blog in January begs the question of whether to look back or look forward.  Maybe some of both. 2015 was another remarkable year for the CFMC. As the year progressed, we began to adopt a theme of “Giving Together,” a recognition that the assets and grants of the CFMC stem from a collection of funds and donors with...

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MC Gives! Inspires Local Philanthropy

It’s a Wrap! MC Gives! Inspires Local Philanthropy In 49 short days, the giving power of our community made history. The Monterey County Gives! campaign wrapped up on Dec. 31, 2015 with staggering returns – $3.17 million – to be invested in the work of area nonprofit organizations. “The 2015 campaign was by far the most successful. Monterey County Gives!...

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Finding the right fit for your grant request

Finding the right grant program for your organization is not always easy. We recommend calling us to discuss the best grant program for the proposed need; here is a brief overview on the differences between some of our popular grant programs to help you navigate our grant programs. Opportunity vs. Small Community Impact If you recently incorporated as a nonprofit organization or are operating a pilot...

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2016 Grant Updates

We are pleased to share some new opportunities and changes to our competitive grantmaking programs for 2016. Community Impact Grant Program This is our largest competitive grant program that awards over $2 million to local nonprofits each year. We have updated our program areas to provide more clarity on our funding priorities. There are now five program areas: Children & Youth –...

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Monterey County Gives! 2015

Monterey County Gives! The 2015 Monterey County Gives! campaign is here. The campaign kicks off with nearly $450,000 in matching funds and challenge grants. Now it’s the community’s turn to support the Big Ideas of 141 local nonprofits. Visit www.montereycountygives.com between November 12 and December 31, 2015 to leverage your gift by a pro rata share of the match. Donate Now...

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Partnering With Donor Advisors

A Message from CFMC President/CEO Dan Baldwin Community foundations have always thought of themselves as important partners with their donor advisors. Conversations around the formation of funds typically begin with a description of our ability to match a donor’s interest to community need, or how the CFMC will connect the donor to urgent or emerging circumstances they may want to support. I’ve been the CEO of a community foundation since...

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Giving Together: The Food Bank Fire

Together we are stronger. Many generous individuals and families have entrusted the CFMC with their philanthropic vision and resources. This partnership has enabled the CFMC to grant more than $125 million to Monterey County and beyond. Each spring and fall we share current grant opportunities with our fund holders. Many choose to co-invest with us and leverage our Community Impact grants. On rare occasions a circumstance arises when we reach out to our donor...

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