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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. President’s Blog: Impact Investing

    Impact Investing

    By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO The Community Foundation for Monterey County continually looks for ways to deepen its community impact. With this in mind, we began a new initiative in 2018: Community Impact Investing (CII). Impact investing is not new to philanthropy. Many private and community foundations utilize impact investments in various forms. Impact investments are...

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  7. President’s Blog: Helping the Homeless

    By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO  It appears a new era of services for the homeless in Monterey County is just around the corner. Approximately $10.5 million in state HEAP (Homeless Emergency Aid Program) funds have been approved for Monterey County. Many meetings have taken place to get public feedback, to hear from homeless services providers and...

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