Donor Stories

Stories of Legacy Giving

Many individuals and families have entrusted the Community Foundation for Monterey (CFMC) to carry out their charitable wishes. Whether you have a specific charitable vision, would like to support a field of interest or leave an unrestricted gift, the CFMC will steward the philanthropic resources entrusted to us and make sure your unique wishes are realized. Here are just some...

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Year-End Giving Strategies & Deadlines

Year-End Giving

There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2019. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help. Each of these options offer tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful difference. We can help you customize a solution that works for you. Be sure to make your gifts by the deadlines for a...

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Honoring a Legacy: John S. Myszak Scholarship for Future Teachers

By Cristina Medina Dirksen Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Teacher John Myszak went the extra mile to instill in young people a love of learning and to prepare them for success. After putting himself through college by teaching children (and adults) ballroom dancing, he embarked on a teaching career during which he made it a point discover the way each...

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Give Where You Live: Andy and Steffanie Smith

Andrewand Stephanie Smith

By Amanda Holder Director of Communications, Community Foundation for Monterey County Andy and Steffanie Smith are as committed in their giving as they were to their agricultural endeavors. Andy was born and raised in Salinas, and founded his first business Andrew Smith Company, a bulk bin shipper, in 1973. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in numerous produce and...

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Cause & Effect Philanthropy: Joel & Dena Gambord

Dena and Joel Gambord

Joel and Dena Gambord are full of life and their vitality and excitement are reflected in their passion for giving. The Gambords, who reside in Pebble Beach, met in the San Jose area and have been married for 46 years. Joel and Dena’s families were hardworking. “We came from families that were not able to give. We are the first...

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