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Monterey County Gives! Rising to the Occasion

By Dan Baldwin and Steve John Welcome to Monterey County Gives! 2021. A year ago we were deep in the abyss of Covid-19, hearing only whispers about an impending vaccination program. Businesses and families who had seen tremendous hardship were still faced with uncertainty. Many nonprofits had canceled fundraisers and were scrambling to make year-end budgets balance. This threatened their...

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Strong Organizations Create Stronger Communities

By Breanna Wilson, California State University Monterey Bay Intern with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) provides opportunities for organizations to grow and thrive to expand their community impact.  Focusing on the nuts and bolts of a nonprofit promotes success in other aspects of the organization such as programing and areas that support the community...

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Legacy Newsletter 2021

Stories of Legacy Giving Many individuals and families have entrusted the Community Foundation for Monterey (CFMC) to carry out their charitable wishes. The latest issue of our annual “Leaving a Legacy” newsletter introduces donors Jean Duff, and Leslie Mulford, two donors who came to the CFMC for their own specific reasons and have found several different ways the CFMC’s array of...

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Mel and Regina Mason Honored with 2021 Distinguished Trustee Award

Each year the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) presents the Distinguished Trustee Award to an individual or couple who has demonstrated philanthropic leadership in our region. Seaside residents Mel and Regina Mason have dedicated their lives to bringing up community through social justice advocacy, mental health awareness, and pressing for change of policies impacting communities of color. Their accomplishments...

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Grants Available from the Community Fund for Carmel Valley

The Community Fund for Carmel Valley (CFCV), an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, has up to $30,000 available to grant in 2021 to nonprofit organizations, public programs and other groups serving Carmel Valley and Cachagua residents. Grants are expected to range from $1,000 to $3,000 and focus on projects and programs that benefit the communities of...

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Siembra Latinos Fund Tops $80,000

The Siembra Latinos Fund topped $80,000 in cumulative grants when it awarded $23,000 to six nonprofit organizations in August 2021 for projects and programs serving Latino residents throughout Monterey County. “The pandemic uplifted barriers Latinos face every day. Resources from the Siembra Latinos Fund aim to expand programs and services that help build stronger communities” said Joel Hernandez Laguna, Community...

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Inspired by Book ‘Caste,’ Group Works for Social Justice, Awards Scholarships

Caste Action Alliance to raise $50,000 through Community Foundation for Monterey County How did two professional women with different perspectives, one black and one white, find common ground to form a forward-thinking action group committed to “rising up for social and restorative justice?” It started during a Soulful Sunday online class called “The Church of Harriet Tubman & The Underground...

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