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Scholarships and College Affordability

College affordability and student loan debt are serious issues for prospective college students. Especially among low-income and first-generation college students, the high costs of tuition, book, housing and transportation along with an aversion to debt create barriers to attaining a college degree. Many students don’t even consider college, attend only part-time (drastically decreasing their likelihood of completion), or drop out...

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Next Steps for Small Nonprofits


If you are like many small nonprofits in Monterey County, you have a track record of delivering a strong program, but the dream of tackling projects to strengthen your nonprofit’s infrastructure often gets stuck on the back burner. Next Steps for Small Nonprofits aims to help make that dream a reality for eight local organizations. Grantmaking “Plus” Wrap-around Support Next Steps...

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A Record Year for Scholarships

CFMC Scholarship Recipient

2015 was another big year for scholarships at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). In 2015 the CFMC awarded 85 scholarships totaling $285,000. Scholarship winners came from throughout Monterey County, representing every public high school. Recipients are attending schools such as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Fresno State, UC Davis, and UCLA as well as CSU Monterey Bay and Monterey...

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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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