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  1. Charles de Guigné Pebble Beach Estate Gift Creates $18 Million Charitable Legacy

    Record Gift to Community Foundation for Monterey County Creates Endowment to Benefit SPCA for Monterey County and Montage Health Foundation When Charles de Guigné passed away he left his beloved one-of-a-kind estate at 3200 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach to create a lasting legacy. Charles, who had no children, wanted his property to be used for a charitable purpose. He...

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  2. Steve and Barbara Brooks: Honoring Neighbors

    Did you know that you can donate real estate or complex assets to the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) to benefit your favorite causes? The CFMC has handled real estate gifts from Orange County to Oregon. The story below illustrates how Steve and Barbara Brooks partnered with the CFMC and donated their Carmel rental property to create a Charitable...

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  3. Stories of Legacy Giving

    Many individuals and families have entrusted the Community Foundation for Monterey (CFMC) to carry out their charitable wishes. Whether you have a specific charitable vision, would like to support a field of interest or leave an unrestricted gift, the CFMC will steward the philanthropic resources entrusted to us and make sure your unique wishes are realized. Here are just some...

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  4. Year-End Giving Strategies & Deadlines

    Year-End Giving

    There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2019. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help. Each of these options offer tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful difference. We can help you customize a solution that works for you. Be sure to make your gifts by the deadlines for a...

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  5. Honoring a Legacy: John S. Myszak Scholarship for Future Teachers

    By Cristina Medina Dirksen Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Teacher John Myszak went the extra mile to instill in young people a love of learning and to prepare them for success. After putting himself through college by teaching children (and adults) ballroom dancing, he embarked on a teaching career during which he made it a point discover the way each...

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  6. Give Where You Live: Andy and Steffanie Smith

    Andrewand Stephanie Smith

    By Amanda Holder Director of Communications, Community Foundation for Monterey County Andy and Steffanie Smith are as committed in their giving as they were to their agricultural endeavors. Andy was born and raised in Salinas, and founded his first business Andrew Smith Company, a bulk bin shipper, in 1973. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in numerous produce and...

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  7. Cause & Effect Philanthropy: Joel & Dena Gambord

    Dena and Joel Gambord

    Joel and Dena Gambord are full of life and their vitality and excitement are reflected in their passion for giving. The Gambords, who reside in Pebble Beach, met in the San Jose area and have been married for 46 years. Joel and Dena’s families were hardworking. “We came from families that were not able to give. We are the first...

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