Donor Stories

The Trinidad & Lupe Gomez Family Fund

Gomez Family with Photo

The American Dream From humble roots Trinidad and Lupe Gomez epitomize the American Dream. Both were from migrant farmworker families who followed the crops in California before settling in Gonzales.  “Trini” left school at the age of 12 to work the fields and help support his family. Lupe was a year short of completing high school when she too had...

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Monterey Gives! Record $4.89 Million Granted

Monterey Gives!

Record $4.89 Million Granted in 2017 Monterey County Gives! is an annual giving campaign that inspires philanthropy and benefits a wide array of nonprofits serving Monterey County residents. It offers donors an opportunity to learn about a range of organizations, and provides a way for both donors and nonprofits to leverage year-end giving for greater impact. In 2017 a record $4.89 million...

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Amy Anderson & George Somero: Living & Giving in Harmony

Amy Anderson & George Somero partnered with the CFMC to craft their giving

George Somero, from Minnesota, and Amy Anderson, a California native, connected over their shared love of biology on a research vessel to the Galapagos Islands to study the creatures found in the nearby deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Both Ph.D.’s in Biology, she from U.C. Santa Barbara, he from Stanford, they served as faculty for Oregon State University before moving to the...

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Read our 2017 Annual Report

2017 CFMC Annual Report

Opportunity & Impact:2017 Annual Report Opportunity and Impact: words that are important to the Community Foundation for Monterey County Whether through grantmaking or the development of new initiatives, we seek opportunities that will make deep impact on our communities. This also takes form in our resource development efforts, as donor advisors or those working on their estate plans seek a...

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Raymond Costa Invests in Potential

Ivan Gonsalez’s routine is anything but routine. Each day, there’s work to be done – driving to CSU Monterey Bay from Soledad – some 50 miles each way – while holding down a job as shift leader at the local McDonald’s. “Yeah, I’m busy, but’s it’s going to be worth it. I’m a working student so everything I pay out...

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