Carmel Gives Fund

Carmel Gives Fund

Carmel Gives

These are unprecedented times. Many local families, businesses, and people are in need of financial and personal support. Tim Allen Properties has established the Carmel Gives Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Please consider lending your support for this worthy cause. The time to act is now. For more information, contact

We are here to help, and by pulling together as a community we will come out of this even stronger.”
– Tim Allen, Tim Allen Properties

Carmel Gives is a movement that was created to help local businesses while providing assistance to those in need in surrounding communities through creative win/win programs and grants to nonprofits and City government. Working closely with other organizations, including Carmel Cares, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce and the Carmel Residents Association, Carmel Gives encourages grassroots support to quickly and efficiently get community projects up and running. Over the past year we have successfully executed over 40 projects and contributed over $500,000 to help organizations and families make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. If the Monterey Peninsula and its people are a part of your life, then please consider working with us to help.

We have donated and will match up to $50,000 in donations from our friends, colleagues, clients and community to raise funds for local projects. We have also pledged to give 5% of all our real estate fees from all transactions for the balance of 2020 to support local causes, and would love to partner with other agents and businesses.” – Tim Allen

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Up to $50,000 will be matched

It is our goal to make an immediate impact and prepare for future needs with a fund that can be quickly applied in creative ways. Please join us. It’s easy, just click here or the button below to make your tax-deductible donation. Anything will help.

Ways to Give

Those wishing to contribute can:

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  • Mail a check payable to “Community Foundation for Monterey County” with “Carmel Gives Fund” in the memo line to: 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Make a gift of stock. Please contact Christine Dawson or call 831.375.9712 x126 for instructions.
  • If you are a CFMC donor advisor, you can request a grant through Donor Central or contact your Philanthropic Services Officer to make a grant.
  • Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Active Projects

Carmel Restaurant Food Production Grant Program

Due to COVID-19 shutdown orders, Carmel-by-the-Sea restaurants have been greatly impacted.. With only To-Go food allowed, revenues have been greatly reduced, a large percentage of restaurant staff have been cut and their ability to maintain an ongoing business has been put in doubt. 

The Carmel Restaurant Food Production Grant program was created to allow restaurants to produce bulk and ready-to-eat meals for local non-profits, churches and others serving food to individuals and families who need nutritious food. The goal is to allow restaurants to profitably create meals so they could bring some staff back and assist them in weathering this terrible business climate while feeding thousands of people in our communities. 

Initial Participating Restaurants:

  • Basil, Flaherty’s/Village Corner, Mission Bistro, Pangea Gril, Patisserie Boissiere, Stationaery

Initial Distribution Points:

  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Seaside, Gathering for Women in Monterey, Meals on Wheels, RV Homeless Encampment in Seaside, Shoreline Church

Completed Projects – More than $250,000 Granted

Carmel Gives 2020 Year in Review

Project List

  • “Feed a Student, Help a Restaurant” partnered local restaurants with the Carmel Unified School District to help them handle the increased demand for meals. Over 1,500 nutritional meals were delivered every week. Carmel Gives funded local restaurants to make thousands of nutritious meals for the CUSD, which distributed them to families in need
  • Acquired two rounds of 200 $50 gift cards from local restaurants that were distributed by the Monterey Fire Department to families displaced by recent fires
  • Donated to Big Sur fund for fire fighters injured in the Dolan Fire
  • Funded out of work local seamstresses making 3,000 high quality Made in Carmel facemarks and distributed them for free through 20 local businesses
  • Donated to the Weston Call Fund for Big Sur to assist with the Dolan Fire situation
  • Acquired badly needed electric landscaping tools for the City of Carmel
  • Acquired and installed a new roll-up door for the Forest Theater snack bar
  • Refreshed the Forest Theater seating area and landscaping to prepare it for operation during COVID and protect it from deterioration
  • Acquired a John Deere Gator utility vehicle with 100 gallon electric-powered water tank to allow volunteers to water plants and trees
  • Funded a local designer to produce a safer and more attractive parklet design for local restaurants
  • Helped to fund social distancing/mask banners down Ocean Avenue
  • Donated to Rancho Cielo to buy veggie boxes that were distributed to Boys & Girls Club families, the Carmel Foundation and our first responders and City Hall associates
  • Funded the acquisition of 300 pumpkins from a Farmer’s Market vendor so that the City of Carmel’s Community Activities Commission could execute their “Pumpkins on Parade” event for the entire community
  • John Deere Gator Water Vehicle
  • Scenic Pathway Mobility Impaired Viewing Area
  • Scenic Pathway Renovation Phase 1
  • Sidewalk Cleaner for Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

COVID-19 Mask Making and Distribution

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Our first project supported local seamstresses making washable cloth face masks using materials donated by area residents. In the first week alone, over 1,000 beautiful free masks were distributed through local restaurants, retailers and directly to the Carmel Foundation and senior housing in the area.

Masks were distributed at these Carmel businesses:  Nielsen Brothers Market & Deli​, Stationæry, Eco Carmel​, Treehouse CAFE​, Basil Carmel, Flaherty’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar​, and Village Corner Carmel Bistro​. 1,000 face masks were also acquired from two local high school students and distributed to families of farm workers in Salinas Valley.


If you would like to find out more, or if you have an organization, personal need, or  ideas of how we can work together to help the community, email to or call Dale Byrne at (831) 233-2288.


Tim Allen and Team

Other Ways to Make a Difference

Support Local Businesses

Help keep commerce moving which benefits the entire community

  • Buy gift certificates at your favorite stores and restaurants
  • Order take out or delivery food (make sure to tip your delivery person)
  • Shop locally

Give Time and Expertise

Help others in need.

  • Reach out to the elderly in the community who may need help and a connection
  • Offer services to others and businesses who could benefit from your experience and connections

Carmel Gives is a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County established by Tim Allen Realtors. It is not related to Monterey County Gives!, the year-end campaign of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Monterey County Weekly and Monterey Peninsula Foundation.