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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 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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Safety Net Organizations Empowered – A Donor’s Vision Realized

Rudy Futer entrusted the CFMC with his charitable vision, creating through his estate the Rudy E. Futer Fund for Human and Humane Needs. He directed that the fund be used to make grants for direct human services that support at-risk and underserved populations. The CFMC fulfilled his wishes by investing in organizations through its Community Impact grants program, then took it a step further. In...

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Applying for College Just Got A Little Easier

Identifying colleges to apply to and filling out applications for financial aid are challenges that overwhelm many students, especially first-generation students whose parents do not have experience navigating the system. The US Department of Education recently launched the College Scorecard, a tool designed to help students and families to research college and universities and to make more informed decisions. The tool...

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Tassajara Fire Fund Created


The Community Foundation for Monterey has created the Tassajara Fire Fund to assist the Carmel Valley community in recovery efforts from the 2015 Tassajara Fire. Donations to this fund will provide support in the aftermath of the fire. Grants from the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies assisting individuals and organizations to meet needs as they arise. The CFMC has...

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