Donor Stories

CFMC Awards More Than $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the lives of Monterey County residents. Since launching March 16, 2020, COVID-19 Relief Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has provided critical funding for food, housing, mental health and program support to nonprofits serving Monterey County residents in need. The CFMC granted $3,023,762 in the first six months(through September 16,...

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Leslie Mulford: Flexibility with IRA Giving

By Cristina Medina Dirksen, Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Leslie Mulford has always had philanthropy in her life, but she just didn’t recognize it by that word.   The instinct in me has always been to do small things for people who need it,” said Leslie. Working & Saving Leslie has worked very hard for her earnings, combining...

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The Adventure of Giving: Michael and Gloria Ipson

By Amanda Holder, Community Foundation for Monterey County Director of Communications Michael Ipson, a Washington native raised in California, was attending U.C. Berkeley when he went to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an exchange student. He met Gloria, a native of China, who was studying literature at the same campus. He proposed within seven months and they married...

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Charles de Guigné Pebble Beach Estate Gift Creates $18 Million Charitable Legacy

Record Gift to Community Foundation for Monterey County Creates Endowment to Benefit SPCA for Monterey County and Montage Health Foundation When Charles de Guigné passed away he left his beloved one-of-a-kind estate at 3200 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach to create a lasting legacy. Charles, who had no children, wanted his property to be used for a charitable purpose. He...

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Steve and Barbara Brooks: Honoring Neighbors

Did you know that you can donate real estate or complex assets to the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) to benefit your favorite causes? The story below illustrates how Steve and Barbara Brooks partnered with the CFMC and donated their rental property to create a Charitable Remainder Trust to increase their income during their lifetime and leave a legacy...

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