Communities for Sustainable Monterey County Endowment Fund

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County Endowment Fund

About the Fund

The Communities for Sustainable Monterey County Endowment Fund is a designated fund which supports the nonprofit organization Communities for Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC) for its public, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. The fund was created in 2020 by Robert Frischmuth in honor of his wife the late Denyse Frischmuth, who served as President of the CSMC Board of Directors shortly after its creation until her death in July, 2020.

About Denyse Frischmuth

Denyse worked on International Business Development with software and hardware companies in Silicon Valley and did International Market Research at NASA/Ames. She volunteered as a court appointed advocate for children (CASA), as a tutor in the America Reads Program, and as a business mentor to youth at risk. She is a past Board member of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Her environmental work included organizational leadership in campaigns for curbside recycling, solar panels on new commercial buildings, and a workplace carpooling program. Denyse contributed leadership at CSMC for the establishment of local sustainability groups under its umbrella. She graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Laval University in Québec, and did graduate work in Linguistics at the U. of Illinois. She was a 2007 recipient of the Woman of the Year award by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

As a wife and as president of CSMC, Denyse was loving,meticulous, and tenacious. With her calm demeanor and charming French accent, no one could ever say ‘no’ to her.” – Robert Frischmuth

About Communities for Sustainable Monterey County

CSMC’s community-based groups provide environmental education and encourage conservation and stewardship of land, water, and energy.  They promote waste reduction, ‘green’ building ordinances, renewal energy, public transportation, community gardens, and more.


Communities for Sustainable Monterey County is group of concerned local citizens working locally to meet the challenges of declining resources and climate change by helping our communities transition to sustainable practices.


CSMC engages and educates individuals, businesses, and policymakers to create the changes needed to safeguard the long-term health of our environment and the resources needed to sustain current and future generations.


  • Enable communities to meet new challenges and new opportunities
  • Decrease use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources
  • Protect our environment

Make a Gift

To make a gift to the fund, donate directly and securely online or click on the “Donate Now” button below.

Donate Now

  • Send checks made payable to “Community Foundation for Monterey County”
    with “Sustainable Monterey County Fund” in the memo line
    Mail to: 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Make a gift of stock or other assets. Contact Christine Dawson, CFMC Vice President Philanthropic Services at 831.375.9712 x126.

Donations to the Communities for Sustainable Monterey County Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) are tax deductible. The CFMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,Tax ID #94-1615897.