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New Community Fund for Carmel Valley Creating Impact

In early 2020 the Community Fund for Carmel Valley was created to serve residents, businesses, and organizations, and contribute to the greater good of others. The mission of the fund is to protect and improve the quality of life for residents and support and foster the vibrancy of the Carmel Valley community.” The fund is governed by a local Advisory...

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DEI- Commitment in Action

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” known as “DEI” are core values for many organizations and individuals, including the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). The CFMC states our commitment to these values clearly in its strategic plan. Earlier this year, in response to the death of George Floyd, President/CEO Dan Baldwin and Board Chair Birt Johnson, Jr. expressed the CFMC’s values...

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A Challenge to Rise

By Dan Baldwin and Steve John Oh, how times have changed. A year ago, when we launched Monterey County Gives!, a global pandemic would have been a lame attempt at a campfire story. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were busy going about their lives. Seventy-seven homes, which have since burned down, still housed families in Cachagua, Big Sur and Salinas...

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Fall 2020 Newsletter

Since our last newsletter Monterey County suffered three wildfires: the River, Carmel and Dolan fires. Again, our donor advisors, partner foundations and the community responded with remarkable generosity.” – Dan Baldwin, President, CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County. Giving Matters 2020 has tested our resolve, but has shown our ability to respond to help one another is strong. In our...

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Recruiting Engaged Board Members – Tips from Local Nonprofits

By Susie Polnaszek Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence Nonprofit boards members are stepping up in important ways during COVID. Pivoting quickly, making difficult decisions, speaking with voices of advocacy on behalf of their organizations and communities.  For some, shelter-in-place has meant more time to engage fully as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations and issues they are passionate about. Virtual meetings have made participation more accessible for many. For others, increased demands...

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President’s Blog: 2020 The Bright Side

By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County We’ve all heard, said or shared the jokes: what more could go wrong in 2020? Locusts? Spaceships? Frogs falling from the sky? Even old timers (wait, I’m an old timer…) can’t remember the confluence of public health, economic, civic unrest and just plain anxiety that has pervaded our daily lives. And...

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Paying it Forward: Judy Guzman Krueger

Judy Guzman Krueger believes those who have achieved have an obligation to reach back and help others. Her parents exemplified this principal. Her father Gilbert, born in CA to immigrant parents, was the only one of 8 children to earn a college degree. This paved his way for success. He was studying Spanish in Mexico and met her mother, Elvira,...

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