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  1. We Didn’t Listen Closely Enough to African American Outcry

    By Birt Johnson Jr., Chair and Dan Baldwin, President & CEO, Community  Community Foundation for Monterey County This Guest Commentary appeared in The Monterey Herald June 6, 2020  The emergence of COVID-19 created a profound public health and economic crisis, both locally and worldwide. The Community Foundation for Monterey County established the COVID-19 Relief Fund in response and granted $2.3 million...

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  2. President’s Blog: After the Outrage

    By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President, CEO In late March this blog focused on the emerging crisis of COVID 19. It was clear we were about to experience a profound public health and economic crisis for Monterey County. Thankfully, the public health concerns haven’t yet reached the proportions that models predicted. The economic fallout of shelter in...

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  3. President’s Blog: Meeting Community Need

    Dan Baldwin CFMC President/CEO

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County Ten days ago, before the pace of change in our communities greatly accelerated, this blog led with a celebratory welcome to the 75th year of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. On March 26, 1945, 33 local leaders signed the documents that formed the Monterey Foundation. The list of signees includes...

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  4. President’s Blog: Front Row Seat to Generosity

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County In a joyous time of year what could be more appropriate than emphasizing the joy of giving?  The Community Foundation for Monterey County has the pleasure and honor of working with many folks who use philanthropy to invest in the people of Monterey County.  We have a front row seat in...

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  5. President’s Blog: Philanthropy as a Force for Good

    Philanthropy for good

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Monterey County Fasten your seatbelts.  If the past several years produced anxiety about the ability of our governmental systems and civil society writ large to hold fast in the face of unprecedented discourse and underhanded tactics, the next year or so could be overwhelming.  A lot of what creates sleepless nights is a...

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  6. President’s Blog: Passion + Community = Impact

    By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO Thomas Friedman famously wrote that PQ (Passion Quotient) + CQ (Curiosity Quotient) = IQ (Intelligence Quotient). If you ever get the chance to hear him speak on this, take full advantage; it’s captivating and energizing. With apologies to Mr. Friedman, I’d like to offer a variant for community foundations. The equation...

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  7. President’s Blog: Philanthropy’s Image

    By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Monterey County I’ve been the CEO of a community foundation since 2002. Prior to that I was a museum director. So one could say I’ve been engaged in organized philanthropy since 1992. While there have always been people wanting to game the system (pick any system), one of the joys of philanthropy is...

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