Impact Stories

  1. Record Year for Philanthropy

    Community Foundation for Monterey County grants $19.2 million in 2019, Surpasses $200 million total grantmaking MONTEREY COUNTY, CA – People who partnered with the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) in their philanthropy set a new mark for generosity in 2019. Grants totaling $19.2 million were awarded to more than 890 nonprofit organizations thanks to caring individuals, families and businesses...

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  2. My Scholarship Story: Jesus Floriano-Ramirez

    Jesus Floriano Scholarship recipient

    My name is Jesus Floriano-Ramirez The Community Foundation for Monterey County has made my college experience a very memorable one. I never imagined myself attending a four-year institution or even standing in front of such a big crowd sharing my journey. I come from very humble beginnings. My parents are both immigrants from the country of Mexico. As a child...

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  3. Leslie Mulford: Flexibility with IRA Giving

    By Cristina Medina Dirksen, Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Leslie Mulford has always had philanthropy in her life, but she just didn’t recognize it by that word.   The instinct in me has always been to do small things for people who need it,” said Leslie. Working & Saving Leslie has worked very hard for her earnings, combining...

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  4. Be the Love: Gifts of (MC)Giving


    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County and Steve John, CEO, Monterey Peninsula Foundation November and December have become Monterey County Gives! season. While MCGives! doesn’t provide you days off or generate brightly wrapped packages, it does have some essential holiday characteristics. For starters, it’s a celebration. The act of giving should always be joyous, and a look...

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  5. Philanthropy Celebrated

    The annual Celebration of Philanthropy of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) thanks those who support and partner with the CFMC to invest in healthy, safe, vibrant communities. The 2019 reception took place at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas and was attended by more than 250 friends and supporters. See Event Slideshow Grantmaking as Catalyst for Growth...

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  6. Lydia Villarreal Honored as 2019 Distinguished Trustee

    Judge Lydia Villarreal’s vast impact on Monterey County was celebrated Wednesday, October 30, 2019 when she was honored with the   2019 Distinguished Trustee Award by the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). Each year the CFMC presents the Distinguished Trustee Award to an individual or couple who has demonstrated philanthropic leadership in our region. The award, now in its...

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  7. From South County to Antarctica – A Voyage for Science Students

    By Cristina Medina Dirksen, CFMC Communications Coordinator  Denise Hardoy will literally go to the ends of the earth for her students. The San Antonio Elementary School science teacher is headed to Antarctica in October 2019 to conduct hands-on climate change research. She’s only one of five educators from around the world selected and will share her daily activities live with...

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