Blog & Events

Supporting the Small But Mighty: Capacity Building for Smaller Nonprofits

By Kaki Rusmore, Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence of the Community Foundation for Monterey County This blog originally appeared in the Alliance for Nonprofit Management September 2019 Between 50 and 75 percent of nonprofit organizations have budgets under $100,000 and less than two staff members. Many are all volunteer. Small, grassroots organizations are often deeply embedded in their communities and committed...

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From South County to Antarctica – A Voyage for Science Students

By Cristina Medina Dirksen, CFMC Communications Coordinator  Denise Hardoy will literally go to the ends of the earth for her students. The San Antonio Elementary School science teacher is headed to Antarctica in October 2019 to conduct hands-on climate change research. She’s only one of five educators from around the world selected and will share her daily activities live with...

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President’s Blog: Philanthropy as a Force for Good

Philanthropy for good

By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Monterey County Fasten your seatbelts.  If the past several years produced anxiety about the ability of our governmental systems and civil society writ large to hold fast in the face of unprecedented discourse and underhanded tactics, the next year or so could be overwhelming.  A lot of what creates sleepless nights is a...

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Honoring a Legacy: John S. Myszak Scholarship for Future Teachers

By Cristina Medina Dirksen Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Teacher John Myszak went the extra mile to instill in young people a love of learning and to prepare them for success. After putting himself through college by teaching children (and adults) ballroom dancing, he embarked on a teaching career during which he made it a point discover the way each...

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Give Where You Live: Andy and Steffanie Smith

Andrewand Stephanie Smith

By Amanda Holder Director of Communications, Community Foundation for Monterey County Andy and Steffanie Smith are as committed in their giving as they were to their agricultural endeavors. Andy was born and raised in Salinas, and founded his first business Andrew Smith Company, a bulk bin shipper, in 1973. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in numerous produce and...

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Grants Available from the Southern Monterey County Foundation Apply By 9/27/19

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release August 30, 2019 Media Contact: Amanda Holder, Communications Officer / 831.884.5723 / Information: 831.375.9712 / / / @cfmco Monterey County, California —  The Southern Monterey County Foundation, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, has $18,000 available to grant in 2019 to nonprofit organizations, public programs and other groups...

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2019 Neighborhood Grants Awarded

$50,000 Granted to Resident-Led Groups Through Neighborhood Grants Program The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)’s Neighborhood Grants Program has granted $50,000 to volunteer-led groups working to improve their communities in Monterey County. “The goal of the Neighborhood Grants Program is to empower residents to lead change in their neighborhoods,” said Erika Matadamas, Program Officer for the CFMC. The Neighborhood...

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