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The Power of Endowment

One of the main goals of the first Community Foundation, established in Cleveland in 1914, was to establish permanent charitable assets to benefit the community. Now, nearly 100 years later, that “Here for Good” vision still holds true. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) seeks to inspire philanthropy and build charitable endowments to strengthen local communities through grants to...

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$1.5 Million Invested to Support Essential Human Services

The Futer Essential Human Services grants program is a special three year initiative to strengthen the capacities of key safety net organizations that provide basic human services for our region’s most vulnerable and underserved individuals and families. The CFMC is investing $1.5 million to help strengthen nonprofit organizations providing essential human services in Monterey County.

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A Promise Kept: The Ramsey Shirk Fund

Beth Shirk moved to Salinas to be near her mother, Pat, who had retired here from Michigan in the mid-1980s. Beth’s brother, Ramsey, was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. A health care worker in San Francisco, he signed up for many experimental trials in order to help others. During his illness Beth and Pat supported him as best they could,...

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