Blog & Events

Year-End Giving Tips & Deadlines

There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2023 to make a meaningful difference. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help you customize a solution that works for you. Be sure to make your gifts by the deadlines for a 2023 deduction (see deadlines below). You can give to causes you care about...

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2023 Celebration of Philanthropy Honors Martha Karstens

(Scroll down for event slideshow) 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. The 2023 award was presented to retired Big Sur Fire Chief, Martha Karstens, for her decades of service to the Big Sur Community. The CFMC recognized her accomplishments at...

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Siembra Latinos Celebration 2023

Thank you to all who joined us at the 2023 Siembra Latinos Celebration and the presentation of the inaugural Alfred Diaz-Infante Award to Ernesto Vela, Ed.D. It was a truly special evening celebrating family, philanthropy and the Latino community in Monterey County. We are proud of the accomplishments of the Siembra Latinos Fund and look forward to gathering again to...

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Introducing the CNE Advisor Circle

  Our local nonprofit sector is large and diverse, and the landscape has changed with our experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Not to mention in the ten years since we rebranded our programs as the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE).  To help us look ahead and stay responsive, we created the CNE Advisor Circle in Summer 2023. The...

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Growing Opportunity: Scholarships

One of the ways the Community Foundation for Monterey County strengthens communities is through scholarship funds. The CFMC manages nearly 70 named scholarship funds established by individuals, families and businesses who recognize the value of education and want to create opportunities for local students. Receiving the scholarship has made everything so much easier. I’m free to focus on my studies....

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence Announces 2024 LEAD Institute

Nonprofit leaders in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties encouraged to apply by October 2, 2023 deadline Monterey County, California — The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), a program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC), has officially launched its recruitment for the LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Institute 2024 cohort. Rising nonprofit leaders in Monterey, San Benito...

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Finnigan Scholarship Award Recipients

The Autism Society of California, the Finnigan family and the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) proudly announce the names of three highly qualified California students who received Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Emma Blanck of Moorpark received the 2023 1st place scholarship award of $2,000. Clara Garcia of Riverside was awarded the 2nd place $1,000...

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