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CFMC Announces $1.32 Million Packard Grant to Support COVID-19 Response

Funding will boost Community-led Efforts for Testing and Vaccination Coordination, Communications and Outreach Monterey County, CA – The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) announced at $1.32 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support the work of the COVID-19 Collaborative. In fall 2020, a group of cross-sector stakeholders formed the COVID-19 Collaborative to better coordinate efforts...

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Asian American Hate – CFMC Commentary

By Laurel Lee-Alexander, CFMC Vice President of Community Impact and Janet Shing, CFMC Director of Grantmaking, a commentary on behalf of the Community Foundation for Monterey County Over the past year, there has been an alarming rise in anti-Asian racism and violence. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 3,800 anti-Asian incidents of harassment, discrimination, and violence in all 50 states...

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COVID-19 Grant – Independent Transportation Network

COVID-19 rendered seniors homebound. As a vulnerable group, sheltering in place presented tremendous difficulties. They still had to eat, pick up prescriptions and attend doctors’ appointments even in the midst of a global pandemic. That’s when the Salinas-based Independent Transportation Network (ITN) Monterey County went to work, using a $20,000 COVID-19 Relief Fund grant to change its services, partnering with...

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CFMC Names Three to Board of Directors

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Romero Jalomo, Adriana Melgoza and Jennifer Walker to their Board of Directors. Romero Jalomo, a native of Wilmington, CA and 21-year resident of Salinas, is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Hartnell College, a role he has held since 2013. Romero is a steering partner...

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My Scholarship Story: Ismael Rocha

Ismael Rocha, College Futures Monterey County Scholarship Recipient, has gone from high school student dreaming of attending college to living his dream and now, giving back.  I can assure you that your investment in people like me will be one of the best ones you can ever make. I can assure you all that I will not let you down...

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Caring for Community: Birt and Kathleen Johnson, Jr.

Birt Johnson, Jr. and his wife Kathleen are deeply committed to their community. They are both children of career military families who believed Monterey County represented one of the best places to raise their families. Giving Time and Treasure Birt has been active on many local boards of directors, including the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC), where served as...

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What’s on Your Canvas? Nonprofits Adjust Amid Uncertainty

By Susie Polnaszek Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence of the Community Foundation for Monterey County Almost every organization has had to adjust its operations due to COVID-19. Our partners at El Pajaro CDC shared a useful tool, and I’d like to pass it along: the Business Model Canvas. This one-page resource helps you name the key aspects of your nonprofit...

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