Donor Stories

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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RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship – Supporting Golf’s Greatest Lessons

RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship

By Josh Warburg,  Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer There is no game bigger than golf on the Monterey Peninsula. And there was no insider as connected and beloved as RJ Harper. His real name, Robert Thomas Harper Jr., that came to be “RJ” after a hometown newspaper misidentified him, the story goes. RJ rose through the...

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Generation to Generation – Planning Your Succession of Giving

Legacy Planning

By Betsy Buchalter Adler, Guest Blogger, Community Foundation for Monterey County Board member, Donor Educator Series Presenter In my parents’ modest home, back in the 1950s, there was a “pushke” – a small tin box with a slot in the top for coins. At the end of his workday, when my father emptied his pockets, the change went into the pushke....

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Scientist to Philanthropist – Dr. Allen E. Fuhs

Dr. Allen Fuhs

Dr. Allen E. Fuhs really is a rocket scientist. An engineer, scientist, professor, and author with a distinguished career in engineering and aeronautics, he has now channeled his lifelong passion for education and science into philanthropy. Dr. Fuhs: Rocket Scientist Dr. Fuhs’ life has been defined by hard work and education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at...

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Exploring the Wonders of Monterey Bay-Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment

A new endowed fund will support O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), which was founded in 1996 by Jack O’Neill, surfing giant, wetsuit pioneer and philanthropist. O’Neill, who was a staple on the Santa Cruz surf scene, passed away in June 2017. However, his legacy of love for the ocean lives on through OSO, which turns the Monterey Bay into an interactive,...

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