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2022 LEAD Institute Announced

15 Nonprofit Leaders from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties to participate in year-long professional development program The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) selected 15 emerging nonprofit managers to join the LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Institute’s 2022 cohort. LEAD is a year-long professional development institute offered by the CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence to foster strong, effective...

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The Weston Call Fund for Big Sur Makes Grants to Nonprofits Serving Big Sur Area

The Weston Call Fund for Big Sur granted $37,500 in 2021 to nonprofits that focus on projects and programs that benefit Big Sur residents from Mal Paso Creek to the Monterey County line. This is the first round of competitive grants for the fund since it was created in 2020. Prior to these grants, the fund granted $43,797 for fire...

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The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

By Breanna Wilson, California State University Monterey Bay Intern with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Imagine this: You just got hired in your dream role of nonprofit fundraising and development. You have done some work in the sector but mostly programs. You get your brand new shiny Mac computer and when you open it, rainbows and unicorns start jumping out...

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CFMC Offers $1.4 Million in Scholarships

Many Monterey County students aspire to attend college, but the cost of higher education keeps them from achieving that dream. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has been working with generous individual, family and business donors to help close the gap. The CFMC announced that more than $1.4 million in scholarship awards are available in 2022 for Monterey County...

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Community Fund for Carmel Valley Grants

The Community Fund for Carmel Valley granted $29,242 in December 2021 to nonprofits that focus on projects and programs benefitting the communities surrounding Carmel Valley. Ten nonprofits received grants to strengthen Carmel Valley communities in areas such as education, safety, meals for families, youth camp scholarships, and other community-enhancing programs. One recipient was Carmel Valley Angel Project (CVAP), which received...

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Designing a Legacy: Michael Reid

Michael Reid dances to his own beat. His path led him from Brooklyn, New York to Monterey County, California. He was the first in his family to attend college and earned a BA in psychology, two Masters’ Degrees and a Ed.D. in Neuromotor Development. He has been married to his partner Bill Robnett for 13 years. Philanthropy has always been...

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Keys to Successful, Equitable Partnerships

By Maria Magaña and Sue Parris, National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) In Fall 2021 we facilitated a nonprofit peer learning group for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) on the topic of partnering with the community – a central tenet for racial equity, diversity and inclusion. Here are some things we discussed that we believe are key for successful, equitable...

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